DOWNSVILLE - Every tradition has to start somewhere.
In Downsville, it was a grassy patch at the intersection of Md. 63 and Md. 632 where members of the Downsville Church of the Brethren gathered for Christmas tree decorating and caroling that they hope will become a yearly event.
About two dozen town residents huddled at Downsville's main intersection to decorate and sing many Christmas staples. Unfettered by the noise of the engines of passing cars and the dropping temperature, the group belted out versions of "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells," among others, for about 30 minutes.
Jaye Kline, a Downsville Church of the Brethren member who helped organize the event, said it was the first year the church has gathered residents for the decorating and singing.