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Christmas Carolers at EMMC 

Every year, for the past four or five years, a family has been singing Christmas carols to the patients and staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center, to try and make their holidays there a little brighter.This Christmas, we tagged along.Doctor Joan Pellegrini is working on Christmas, like many people at EMMC…but she’s also singing.The whole family Pellegrini, three girls and dad, come to carol, to bring some comfort and joy to everyone here.”Patients that are in the hospital don’t really want to be here, and so we’ll carol to them and show them that we know they’re here and we want to wish them a Merry Christmas,” Joan says.”You’d probably rather be with your family and friends, but it brings joy to people when they hear carolers,” says her daughter, Olivia.There’s ‘Silent Night, Away in a Manger,’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”– 16-year old Adriana’s favorite.”It’s happy and more exciting,” she says.”It’s an optimistic time of year, singing is optimistic and it just, no matter how down you, are there’s a little bit of joy that comes out when you hear carolers. I don’t think you can help it,” Joan says.They travel to different floors, bringing their songs and good wishes to anyone who’d like to hear them at this time of year.”I think it’s nice so everyone can hear the traditional songs they know, and sing along because you know them so well,” says Adriana.”Oh tidings of comfort and joy…”