With some attendees wearing the most colorful and, well, eye-catching sweaters and others donning more subdued ones, Franklin First United Methodist Church held its third annual Christmas Sweater Tea Thursday for adults 55 and over.

Featuring refreshments, Christmas music and the story of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus as told by retired pastor Roger Parker, the event welcomed over 80 residents from five different Franklin-area senior living facilities and another 200 church members and others from the greater community. Facilities represented were The Hearth of Franklin, Somerby, Brookdale, The Manor at Steeplechase and Belvedere Commons.

“This is something our Senior Adult Ministries does,” said Truitt Ginn, Franklin First member who helped to organize the event. “We invite residents from area senior living facilities to come enjoy fellowship in this ambience of a festive Christmas. It gives them the opportunity to get out and visit with others.”

In addition to singing popular carols, attendees enjoyed music from pianist Karla Grove, cellist Jenny Young, the “Andrews Sisters” featuring Holli Dawson, Jennifer Scoble and Cindy Hestla, and a brass quartet.

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