(VIDEO) Christmas in Decatur: A Lenox carol
The Davis family’s home on West Howard Avenue became Christmas mischief headquarters on Monday.
Lenox Place Neighborhood residents met there at 6 pm, passing out sheets with song lyrics. They wore coats and LED lights. Some of the dads knocked back a glass or two of Christmas cheer before heading out the door. Like Santa, they had a list. After organizing through social media, several neighbors had made requests.
They went down Drexel Avenue, taking a head count of the children at each turn, and started knocking on doors. When they came to the first house, the mom in charge walked up the porch stairs and announced, “This is Lenox Place and we are going to sing to you, whether you like it or not.”
Families stood together on their porches, listening as their neighbors sang the Christmas classics, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silver Bells,” and of course “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.” One man put on his coat and left his home to join them.
Another man listening to the carolers went back inside his home, returning a minute later with some beer. He lined the bottles in a row on the porch railing and began snapping off tops. The dads cheered.
“It’s like trick or treating,” one of the moms observed as they turned to go to the next house. “But better.”
Afterward, they all went back to the Davis home for hot cocoa and eggnog.