Today we offer a gift to everyone, nothing expensive but meant from the heart in wishing everyone joy and peace. It does not matter what religion you are, though it is generally associated with Christmas, it can be any faith and any songs that include goodwill and good wishes. You don’t even need to be a good singer, just willing. It is hard to say when caroling began, it was probably during the times of St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century as Christians sang songs dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. In those days, singing for ones supper was a common practice and has most likely been the repeated over the years as caroling….but for now a little eggnog, fruitcake or perhaps just a little goodwill for all.
How to celebrate – Go caroling (no matter your religion). Spread joy to those around you. Show up where you are least expected, but most welcome.
Dec. 20th – Go Caroling Day
Caroling probably came out of Wassailing, which came out of people traveling about in search of cider to warm themselves. Perhaps they were occasionally required to sing for their cider!?!
Anyway, Caroling became a part of the Christmas tradition, although recently it has tapered off considerably. (You could get arrested for trespassing) It’s still fun to think of those days when you could bring joy to someone’s life by standing outside their door and singing them a song.
How to celebrate – Go Caroling (Friends and relatives are your best target.) Go Wassailing! (Good luck finding cider) Have a Merry Christmas.
“Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry”, “Silent Night, Holy Night”, “Hark the Herald Angels sing”… it’s Christmas time and there-fore time for Christmas Carols. Think of it as a gift to your friends and neighbors, or from them. It is time to share the joy of Christmas so why not sing about it!
You get to wear all those really cool outfits too! Well, where I live they aren’t exactly cool… in fact they are rather warm! They were colorful and they gave the gifts they had back when the gift of friendship and caring was worth a lot more than it is today.
Imagine yourself living on street with gas street lamps, horse and carriage the main mode of transportation and snow gently falling all around you. Then a small group of singers come by wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by giving you their God given gift of singing.
How to celebrate – Go Caroling. Do cell phone Caroling so you don’t actually have to go anywhere. Figure out exactly what Wassailing is.
- If you want to brighten someones day, go caroling. Those who are home bound, retirement homes, hospitals… they are all targets for Caroler’s who want to make the world a little better at Christmas time.
Carols have been around since the beginning of the spoken word. By definition to carol is to sing, or dance, in praise. For Christianity this may have begun around 129 when a Roman Bishop introduced “Angel’s Hymn”. It wasn’t all that popular though as it was sung in Latin which most people did not understand.
In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi, in Italy, introduced the first Carols through “Nativity” plays and songs being performed in the native areas’ language (Italian in Italy, English in Great Britain, Spanish in Spain, etc, etc, etc). This way all the population could enjoy the Carols, not just those educated by the Catholic church.
It is the time of year to celebrate the “birth of Christ”, or for the non-believers, “life”. What better way to show your happiness, or share the joy, than by taking the gift of music to those around your neighborhood.
How to celebrate – Go caroling. Form a dance troop to perform with the carolers. Celebrate Christmas.