Dec. 24, 2013
For most kids Christmas is about the presents, but for the Morales family Christmas is a time for giving back.
Every Christmas Eve for the past 10 years, the Morales family sings carols. They say it all started as a request by their friend Nancy Gillies to help ring bells for the Salvation Army.
"I guess at first we weren't so thrilled about coming out in the cold to do it, but as we got older it became more and more special. I couldn't imagine Christmas without it," said 17-year-old Maddie Morales.
With eight kids ranging in age from four to 19, the family sings a variety of Christmas tunes to spread holiday spirit and remind shoppers of the season of giving.
"We want to sing the traditional older carols so people hear what Christmas is really about. It's not about shopping and buying stuff," said the children's mother Alicia Morales.
The entire family, along with friends and their inspiration Gillies help raise money for the Salvation Army attracting shoppers through song. Each kid has a favorite tune, but the most popular to perform is "12 Days of Christmas" for their choreographed dance moves.