Saturday, December 24, 2016

Local Saturday - On the Cusp of Two Holidays

We are on the cusp of two religious holidays here in the United States - a major one for Christians, Christmas, and a minor one for those of the Jewish faith, Hanukkah (why minor? I'll explain later in the coming week).

Blogging about an annual public caroling event in downtown Binghamton, New York, has become another holiday tradition on this blog.

On the last work day before Christmas, people working in the Security Mutual building, a historical building dating from 1904, gather in the lobby to sing Christmas songs at noontime.

Part of the beautiful lobby.  I believe the murals (which are on two sides) were added in the 1980's.

The lobby's Christmas tree.

Here is a selection of songs from Thursday's caroling.  I am not an experienced video taker, and it shows.  I also did some panning so you could see the beautiful historic Security Mutual marble lobby, something members of the public can only see at this time.

Jingle Bell Rock

O Christmas Tree

Jingle Bells

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.

Tomorrow, another Christmas post.
Meanwhile, Hanukah begins tonight at sundown.  Last year, in the lobby, symbols of the two holidays sat side by side.  I will blog more about Hanukah later this week.

To my readers of the Jewish faith, may we light the darkness once again, and think of the days ahead.


  1. Our local store "Super One" had carolers oh what joy to hear such beautiful music.
    Let rejoice in gladness this holiday season.

  2. Kinda cool that the holidays are hitting at the same time this year. I bet there's some deeper meaning to that.

  3. Whatever you celebrate, have a happy one!

  4. Looks like so much fun! I miss the caroling in my area because it's on Christmas Eve, when my family does their big celebration. Thanks for sharing yours. Happy Holidays!

  5. It's fun to celebrate everything. Hey, why not?


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