I wonder, as I’ve gotten older, where all the Christmas Carolers went. When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s neighborhood caroling was a tradition. My best friend, Lou Ann, had a mother who organized a caroling walk with all the neighborhood children every Christmas season. I remember walking the streets with 20 other children singing our hearts out. Afterward we all went back to Lou Ann’s house where her mother indulged us in home-made Christmas cookies and hot chocolate with marshmallows floating on top. It was always a great time and Christmas wouldn’t have been the same growing up if I hadn’t experienced that. Our hands and ears would be frozen but our hearts were filled with joy and warmth of the holiday season.
Sadly, I can’t say that I’ve seen or heard Christmas carolers in the last 30 years. Surely this can’t be everywhere. Somewhere in the USA has to be people that still enjoy going door to door delighting their fellow neighbors with joyous songs of cheer and goodwill.
I did a web search for Christmas Caroling and actually found there are many areas and originations across the country who still enjoy celebrating the season with good old-fashioned caroling. Maybe it’s just my area. I don’t know, but I do know that it’s something I haven’t experienced or really even heard much about in the past few decades.
Maybe you live in an area ,such as I ,that you, too, are not privy to the enjoyment of Christmas caroling. So why not organize one yourself? It’s not that hard and really doesn’t take a lot of time or work. In the end you will have created a fun, joyous, memorable experience for yourself and the children who join you.
These days the internet is filled with sources of information and tools that you can use for your event. If you need Christmas Carol books and don’t know where to find them in your community, with a little creativity you can make them yourself. Decide how many songs you want your group to sing. Better Homes and Garden’s has a great page with links to the words of every Christmas carol you have ever heard. Just go the Better Homes & Garden website and type “christmas carol songs” into the search bar. Once you have found what you’re looking for select your songs, click on the link and print the words to each song making enough copies for each caroler.
Gather the names of your kid’s friends and classmates, as well as any neighborhood kids and other children in the family that you want to include. Make up invitations to include a request for a RSVP. Plan your event to start at your house one hour before the caroling begins so that you can go through a quick rehearsal and organize the group.
If you have teenagers or adults in your group be sure to assign each with a set number of children to keep an eye on for safety. Most likely your event will take place in the evening when it is dark. In most areas it will be dusk at 5:00PM and safety will always need to take precedence over anything else. You will also need some sort of lighting if you have it. Make sure to carry a flashlight and try to sing under street lights as much as possible.
Enjoy your event, sing your hearts out and know that you and your group brought joy to the hearts and souls of others.
End the evening at your home serving Christmas cookies and hot chocolate and then send your group home with a wonderful experience that will never be forgotten.