COVID-19 protocol can't stop these carollers from spreading cheer
Kim and Travis Teed kept their tradition, singing at Goderich, Ont. daycare on Friday
Santa's carollers paid a visit to a Huron County, Ont., child care centre on Friday — and learned a pandemic can't slow down a group of kids with lots of Christmas spirit.
For the last decade, husband-and-wife Travis and Kim Teed have been singing around Goderich, a Lake Huron town north of London, appearing at hospitals, retirement home and schools.
"They call me Mr. Santa," said Travis, who can answer the question, "how many days until Christmas?" any time of year. He admits his estimate is sometimes a day off "because I don't sleep the night before Christmas."
To adhere to COVID-19 protocol at Goderich Municipal Childcare Centre, the Teeds first sang to children on the playground at a distance, with a fence between them. The pair then made their way around the entire building, carolling for kids pressed up to the glass.
"It was just like Christmas morning, they were jumping and clapping along," said Travis. "It was how it's supposed to be. With everything that's going on, I wish we could have shared this with all the world."
He admits the surprise performance falls a bit short of how the couple would usually perform, hosting Christmas concerts and singing for crowds.
"Normally we'd go into the daycare, pull up chairs, get the kids all around us playing instruments and singing," he said.
"This year it's not happening."
Instead, he donned a Santa hat and his work jacket, slipping over during his morning coffee break. The Christmas enthusiast works across the street as a technician for the Town of Goderich, where a sign hanging above his tool room reads "Santa's Shack."
"I like the energy of Christmas," he explained. "It looked a bit different from other years, but the kids were over the moon."