5 Reasons to go Caroling at Christmas
November 14, 2011
Christmas Caroling is a dying tradition. And let's face it, it's almost fair to officially call it dead.
But even though Christmas Caroling is not an activity regularly undertaken anymore, it's still a fun one and has roots in the American dream.
You see, Christmas Caroling is all about the joy that Christmas brings and the love of sharing that joy with others. So what makes it American? The sense of community it brings. Singing Carols for your neighbors isn't just about sharing a holiday song, it's about being neighbors. It's about knowing the people who live around you and setting out into the night with some friends to offer up some cheer to all within ear shot.
Though I've never been caroling myself, I know it is customary for neighbors to invite carolers in out of the cold. To offer them something warm to drink like coffee or hot cider. Unfortunately, that may be at the heart of the reason caroling has fallen off. Any more, neighbors peek through blinds and windows at eachother to see what a noise was outside. In a neighborhood with no neighbors, singing Christmas carols just doesn't work.
But if you love your neighbors and enjoy sharing the holidays with those around you, and most important of all, can sing, then here are 5 Reasons to Go Caroling at Christmas.
1. Singing is Fun
This reason is number for a good reason. Singing is
fun! Whether you are in the shower, performing in a show, or just driving in your car, at some point, we've all sang along with a song. And it doesn't matter if you are good or not. When you are singing alone, all that matters is that you are having fun and enjoying it. And the same goes for singing Christmas songs.
And really, bad singing in a group often sounds okay. If everyone is bad, then at least you are all probably hitting the same wrong notes. So you'll have a nice full sound!
2. Christmas Comes but Once a Year
It's not every day, week, or even month that you get to sing Christmas songs. They aren't on the radio for 10 months out of the year, and most of us aren't in the mood for them in June. Don't miss out on the brief time you get to embrace all the fun songs of the holidays. It's always great to hear them, but getting to sing them will put an extra smile on your face.
3. Sing Whatever you Want!
Not literally, but you don't have to just sing traditional
Christmas Carols. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
is a great song, but so is Elvis' Blue Christmas
. If you would rather sing more modern songs, you should do it! You should always sing the songs that are fun for you. It's just like with karaoke. You don't go up there and sing songs you hate, you get up their and belt out the ones you love. So do the same for Christmas caroling. Put together a list of your favorite songs, old or new, and take to the streets.
4. Great to do with Friends
I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for an excuse to get out of the house and see my friends. But it's often hard to find activities which aren't pricey and which don't require a long drive. And that's another great thing about going caroling. It will cost you nothing to do this. Nothing more than your time. But it's more like hanging out with your friends than anything. And it doesn't involve a big trip any where or being stuck in traffic. It just involves meeting up as you normal would and stepping outside.
5. A Good Way to Be a Good Neighbor
Getting back to what I mentioned as partly lacking in the tradition of Christmas Caroling, it's important to note that this is something you are doing for your neighbors. It's almost like a gift. The gift of song. Are you new to your neighborhood? Have a running feud with someone? Or just want to make a good impression? You can do all that and more by simply heading out in the early evening and singing a song or two.
Just remember to be considerate when you go caroling. There's no need to deafen the neighborhood and it's certainly better to go early than late.