Saturday, December 19, 2009

Caroling

We went caroling this evening, and it was an amazing experience. Our friend suggested and coordinated the whole event, and I have to confess I choked up several times over the course of the evening.

I haven't gone caroling since I was a little girl. I remember it being chilly and fun with hot cocoa and cookies at the end house. We had the cookies and cocoa waiting for us, but our caroling tour targeted several of our elderly neighbors. The looks on their faces when they opened their doors brought tears to my eyes. One gentleman thanked us and told us we had made an old man's night.

Christmas caroling seems to be a dying art. No one does it anymore. At least, it does not seem to be on the yearly Christmas celebration list. I think we get so caught up in the shopping and wrapping and decorating of our own houses that we sometimes forget to make our community beautiful. Even if that community is just a few of the houses around you.

I hope this is the start of something amazing, and that caroling will become a tradition in our neighborhood. It is something I am reminded to impress upon my children. The idea of bringing joy to other through something as simple as a song. Happy holidays, indeed.

7 comments:

Cristin said...

I can't remember the last time I went carolling... probably as a small child.

We get carollers at the nursing home almost daily this time of year, and yes, the old folks just love it.

only a movie said...

I loved carolling when I was young. It was so much fun. Great post.

Patois said...

Whenever I took part in caroling, it made me feel so happy. I wish I could actually sing, though!

Jennifer August said...

sounds like a magical night! ;)
heh heh heh :) i mean, ho ho ho!

Rassles said...

Back in college we used to go caroling at the nursing home on Sundays. Drunk. They loved us.

A Free Man said...

I don't think I've ever been caroling. Sounds like good fun!

Gypsy said...

I don't think I've ever been caroling. Must remedy that.