IT is now just under four weeks until the most anticipated day of the year- Christmas - and the count down is on.
Come along and celebrate the season as a community at the Rotary Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 5.
The carols will be held at the Emerald Showgrounds and will start from 5pm with guest performances by Rachael Beck and Ian Stenlake, Emerald State High jazz band, Marist High musical band and the combined children’s choir.
Apart from the musical delights of the evening, there will also be a visit from the man in red - who will arrive in a fire truck - and a spectacular fireworks display.
Ian Stenlake, who is best known for his role on Sea Patrol and his wife, Rachael Beck, who is known for her work on television show It Takes Two, will be leading the carolling on the night and will perform their favourite three carols, O Holy Night, Silent Night and Mary’s Boy Child among many others.
“Don’t quite know (why they’re my favourite) but they make me smile and evoke good feelings,” Ian said.
“We are so excited to be coming to Emerald, last time I was there was 1991 or around then, so it’s been awhile. My mum and dad will drive out - they’re passionate Queenslanders - definitely there to cheer us on.”
It will almost be a hometown performance for Ian, who was born in Barcaldine, and he said the Emerald carols night was the closest to home he has ever performed and was also special as he will have the honour of singing with his wife.
“We love it, very special feeling - can’t replicate it,” he said. “We don’t overdo it but when we get to do it, it is very special.
“It’s a good way to immerse yourself in Christmas and kids absolutely love it.”
And that is something Ian would know as the couple has two children who have given Christmas new meaning.
“Children add so much to Christmas Day, it’s about getting back to the family feeling.
“Christmas is now really about connecting with the family.”
Ian said now that he had children, he got to experience Christmas through their eyes which added a new perspective to the traditional holiday.
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