GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - To lift hearts after the massacre in Connecticut, a group in northeast Grand Rapids went door to door Friday night, trying to spread holiday cheer.

Members of American Legion Post 459 were out in their neighborhood singing Christmas carols.

"We'd like to bring back some traditions," explained singer Steve Axtell.

"[It's in] the spirit of Christmas," says singer Vicki Medendorp. "It's very sad, what's happened, and we want to make it a happy year."

About a dozen singers were in the group. They strolled from door to door, in and out of bars and taverns, performing everything from "Jingle Bells' to "Silent Night".

"We like to sing a lot," said Chris Moore, alongside her husband Mark. "We used to go caroling almost every year at church, so this is nice."

Residents who heard the serenade and came out of their homes responded with hugs, handshakes and greetings.

"This is what we need," saidresident Stafford Murray. "After what's happened, this is what we need right about now. It makes you feel good inside."

Security worries and multi-culturalism are some of the reasons the caroling custom isn't as popular as it once was.

"[It would] be nice if more people would get into it because it's something that just dies out from people not doing it anymore," said singer Mark Moore.