At right, Cody Cornett rides with Jeannie Vitzthum, holding 4-year-old Serena Barr, as they participate in a Christmas caroling event Saturday in
At right, Cody Cornett rides with Jeannie Vitzthum, holding 4-year-old Serena Barr, as they participate in a Christmas caroling event Saturday in Farmington. (Jon Austria / The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — A handful of people piled onto a trailer lined with Christmas lights and covered in hay to spread the spirit of Christmas on Saturday.

The trailer carried about a dozen carolers through neighborhoods in central Farmington, where they occasionally stopped to sing.

The caroling was organized by B & B Karaoke and DJ Service.

"I think that the Christmas spirit here is just dead," said the business' co-owner Jennifer McKnight, who organized the caroling event.

She hopes the Christmas caroling will revive the holiday spirit and encourage people to come out and sing.

"The most magical thing I remember when I was little was singing Christmas carols," McKnight said.

From left, Mel Chivers, James McKnight and Betty Brelia sing Christmas carols on Saturday in the Kmart parking lot in Farmington.
From left, Mel Chivers, James McKnight and Betty Brelia sing Christmas carols on Saturday in the Kmart parking lot in Farmington. (Jon Austria /The Daily Times)

She said she feels like many people are just worried about getting Christmas shopping done, and they forget the true meaning of Christmas. Others are unable to leave their houses to go caroling. She said the business owners decided if people weren't going to go out for Christmas music, they would just bring it to them.

While this was the first year for the caroling event, McKnight said she hopes to make it an annual event. She would also like to expand to Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as within Farmington.

The carolers will also meet both Sunday and Monday to spread Christmas spirit to areas of Farmington they did not go to Saturday night.

Mel Chivers, who recently bought into B & B Karaoke and DJ Service and is now a part-owner, said the karaoke business bought the trailer and people donated supplies, including a heater to help keep the carolers warm.

Chivers showed up to carol alongside the other singers.

"We're just trying to bring Christmas spirit back to Christmas," Chivers said.

IF YOU GO

What: Christmas caroling

When: 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Where: Meet at East WalMart, 4600 E. Main St., Sunday. Meet at Brookside Park, 1801 Brookside Dive, Monday

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.