Other settlements do indeed have their traditions over the holidays, but Christmas in Cherokee is one of the most popular. Every year Cherokee-roots families come back together from across the island to be a part of it.
On December 16, the Kids Korner kids put on their Christmas program. And on the Dec. 17 the tiny tots Fire Flies had their program in the Old Schoolhouse. Within the week before Christmas, carolers gathered and walked the streets singing Christmas carols. On December 20 the Youth Group put on an evening of songs at the Old School. Then, the Sunday night before Christmas, the Methodist Church had its Candlelight Service.
And Special Fore-Day Services took place at the church Christmas Eve morn and Christmas morn at 5:00 am for the very early risers. Then there was the special lighting of the community tree and the long expected visit from Santa and his helpers with gifts for the children on Chrismas Eve.
After Santa handed out all the presents and said his “goodbyes” there was a Christmas meal served at the Old School across the street for approximately 200 guests.
Watch Night is the time in Cherokee when the residents burn effigies of Guy Fawlkes and church services were held at the Medthodist Church at 11:00 pm just before the New Year rings in. Although the pranksters have been rather mild the last few years, they were out over the holidays, in the wee hours of the morning, doing their worst. Sometimes tying all the small local boats together and anchoring them off in the creek; putting lawn furniture on your roof; and generally moving and misplacing whatever they might find that has been left unattended. All done in good fun and hopefully taken in good humour.
In 2012 many lost family members and friends and presented Prayer Quilts to the families of those bedridden and ill. The church’s Soup Kitchen served 375 meals to the elderly and infirmed over the past twelve months and wish to thank all those individuals and businesses who donated towards that effort. Also two old local houses within the settlement completely gutted and rebuilt, which helps to maintain the settlement’s Out Island charm.