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Bagpipe Christmas caroling lifts spirits at nursing homes in the Treasure Valley

Posted at 1:57 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 15:57:43-05

BOISE, Idaho — On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day members of the Boise Highlanders and the City of Trees Pipes and Drums traveled around to nursing homes in the Treasure Valley to spread holiday cheer.

This group would go to a location drop off gifts then play Christmas songs on their bagpipes outside a home or another location, we caught up with them at the Ronald McDonald House in Boise.

“It seems really important to cheer people up because it is Christmas, you are supposed to be happy and you are supposed to be with your family," said Carolyn Watts. "A lot of people can’t be together so we are just trying to cheer people up.”

Watts came up with the idea and then called nursing homes around the valley to see if they could swing by and play some Christmas songs.

"They absolutely love it," said Watts. "They will cheer and wave and sing along, it is great fun and it cheered everybody up ourselves included."

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