The month of December has been a busy one filled with many events in my community! Most recently, I was involved with my church Christmas Spectacular! Though it took many long hours of rehearsal, it was so worth it! When the music started and the moment came to perform, everyone brought their best to truly make it spectacular!
The night before the Christmas Spectacular, I volunteered at and also ran in “The Festival of Lights,” a 5k in my hometown… and my favorite race of the year! This run has two parts to it: the first part was a one-mile fun run for young children and then a 5k (3.1 miles) that anyone could run. As a volunteer, I was able to hand out medals to the little kids as they crossed the line after their one-mile run. Many of them were very young, so it was sweet to see the pride and accomplishment on their faces as they crossed the finish line. Not only did this event benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but it also provided a way for the runners to celebrate the holiday by decking themselves out in Christmas lights and jingle bells. Even though it was 80 degrees at the start if the run, we did our best to bring a festive Christmas spirit to Florida anyway!
Two other events really made this December extra special. I was honored to sing a duet with my best friend, Erica, at a senior adult banquet. This was an annual event put on by our church where the high school department served the senior adults. We hosted a dinner and performed for them… which they loved! Erica and I sang “O Holy Night”… my favorite! We also spent some time just sitting down to talk to the senior adults. It was one of my favorite events of the year!
Just one week later, on December 20th, I was a part of a big holiday concert held at The Murray Hill Theater in Jacksonville. The theater invites different local artists and I was incredibly honored when they asked me to take part!! Each artist put their own spin on two different Christmas songs. The two songs I chose were, of course, “O Holy Night” and “Santa Baby”!
Although a busy month, the events I was able to attend as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen made this December one to remember. As we get ready to celebrate this Christmas, I wish each of you a happy, healthy and safe holiday with friends and family! Merry Christmas, everyone!