Mood lighting: Lady Moody Triangle tree illumination brings Christmas spirit despite heat wave

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All they needed to get into the yuletide mood was some unseasonably warm weather.

Gravesenders celebrated Christmas with caroling and a tree-lighting at Lady Moody Triangle on Dec. 10. The balmy, 59-degree day — a record high, according to the National Weather Service — made it easier for one Gravesender with chronic health problems to enjoy the holiday lights, the reveler’s mom said.

“We’ve been trying to go for four years, but my oldest daughter always suffered from pneumonia, because she was born prematurely,” Gravesend mom Rosaria Generoso said of school-age daughter Briana. “For the winter she has to be watched very carefully when it comes to the cold.”

Briana got to enjoy the lighting along with brother Alfredo thanks to an autumn that doesn’t seem to be ending, Generoso said.

“It was beautiful out — she had an amazing time,” she said. “We all did.”

Christmas music and a visit from Kris Kringle also enlivened the lighting, which state Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) sponsored.

An all-girls choir sang classic carols, and a disc jockey spun more modern tunes that had everyone shaking — though not from cold, Generoso said.

“They were playing all the songs the kids like, and, as an adult, I was dancing too,” she said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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