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.