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Some Christmas Spirit

After watching an inspiring YouTube Video, I am wondering how Nantucketers are brightening this holiday season.

I have to say I've never been a big fan of flash mobs. I generally feel like if I were caught in one I would feel more awkward than impressed or enthralled with the moment.

I did however come across a YouTube video today that has made me rethink my view a bit. Some of you may have seen it (and it is attached to this column), but it depicts the U.S. Air Force Band conducting their (first) flash mob on an unsuspecting crowd of tourists and visitors at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Beginning with a single cellist and culminating with the full band and choir singing "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Joy to the World," the soldiers drew a small crowd at first, but commanded the attention of everyone within earshot by the end of their performance.

A beautiful rendition in and of itself, the fact that it was completely unexpected made it all that more moving. The faces of those present revealed that they knew how special a moment they were privileged to be a part of, and I'm sure they will not forgot those moments for years to come.

I know there have been a few flash mobs Nantucket over the years, some promoting events and others just for fun, but I can't recall (and correct me if I'm wrong) something like this. Nantucket has a great sense of community, and we have several popular traditions such as the tree lighting and red ticket drawing this time of year, but I would love to hear about something truly unexpected such as this event at the Smithsonian.

I am certain news of some benevolent holiday act of cheer or kindness would go a long way in raising our collective spirit this special time of year. I recently had the privilege of hearing the Nantucket High School's a cappella group The Accidentals and Naturals perform (seen above) for a small group of islanders, thoroughly impressing everyone and raising the overall spirit of the event. Numbering more than 30, these youth gave up much of this past weekend to perform at Christmas Stroll and other gatherings. They are to be commended and they exemplify the Christmas spirit that I hope we can all find in the coming weeks.

Enjoy this video, share those special acts of holiday cheer on Nantucket that you know about, and include the names of organizations that are making this time of year better for island families.

Let's celebrate the spirit of the season!