The weather outside has been far from frightful -- cold, but not frightful -- and the Patriots took full advantage of it on Tuesday.
Jonathan Jones, Joe Thuney, Eric Smith, Cody Hollister, two Patriots cheerleaders, the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus brought some holiday cheer to patients and their families at Boston Children's Hospital. With some patients decked out in red, white and green striped holiday pajamas, reindeer antlers and Santa hats, the essence of the holidays had settled over the hospital.
The Boston Pops, led by Keith Lockhart, has held this concert for patients and their families for the past 14 years and the Patriots Foundation has since joined the festivities. The concert allows those who may not be able to attend the Boston Symphony Orchestra events throughout their season a chance to see and hear it all up close.
For the patients who cannot make it to the Patient Entertainment Center, the hospital shared it with them via broadcast to their rooms.
"It's nice to be able to come in here, sing a little bit of music, interact with the kids and put some smiles on some faces and I think everyone had a good time," Joe said.
Joe had the honor of reading one of the famous, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" or as many of us know it "The Night Before Christmas." As he read the poem, instrumentalists from the Boston Pops provided supporting music to add to the Christmas spirit.
"It was good," Joe said. "It was hard to keep up with the tempo of the orchestra, but it was a lot of fun. It went pretty well."
Getting the chance to participate in the event helped to prepare Joe for the holidays. The singing and smiling faces that looked at him showed him how much fun everyone was having.
"It's the holiday season," he said. " It's New England. It's cold and dreary outside. So it's the least we can do to bring some smiles to people's faces and just try to cheer people up. It's been going great so far."
Before Joe hit the mic to enchant concert goers with his riveting take on the poem, the Boston Pops kicked the concert off with "Hark the Herald," "Jingle Bells," "Somewhere in My Memory" from the movie "Home Alone," as well as several other holiday classics.
Once Joe finished reading, he and fellow Patriots led the families in singing more holiday songs like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer."
"It's perfect," Jonathan said. " You look out into the crowd and you see the kids smiling and singing along and just to bring that joy to their face, to go up there and sing, anything that brings joy their face."
After the singing festivities ended, the guys headed upstairs to other patients bringing carols, Patriots Build-A-Bears and other gifts to those in need of a smile this holiday season.
"It keeps things in perspective," Jonathan said. "To reach back and to see that a lot of people have a lot of things going on while we're out here working everyday and to take time out to come and give back and see these kids and just to brighten up their days that's definitely, definitely a positive influence."