The Christmas spirit was certainly in the air Wednesday, as Meridian High School students went caroling through downtown.
Santa still has a few weeks until his arrival, but the freshmen choir from MHS went to downtown businesses and government offices to sing carols.
Students say they look forward to being able to do this each year.
"This is a yearly tradition for us. We did it when I was at Kate Griffin as well," said Jennifer Davis, director of freshmen singers. "And we like to give back to the community, because our city has been so supportive of our school system. And although this choir program is very competitive, and does a lot of heavy competitions, this is a chance to enjoy singing and enjoy serving our community."
Meridian Main Street partnered with Meridian High for their caroling. Not only did they provide some hot chocolate, but also a chance for the students to get out and about downtown.
"The downtown belongs to everybody," said John McClure, executive director of Meridian Main Street. "It's not just for the building owners or the business owners or even the employees; it belongs to the entire community, and so getting the young people involved is an important part of the mix."
As for the students, being able to give back and see so many smiling faces made braving the cold a bit easier.
"My favorite part was just going and spending time in the community, and help in giving back," said Corey Cole, caroler.
"They gave us a good tone and they gave us, like, smiles all the time, so I really enjoyed that," said De-Asia Harper, caroler.