We have all seen the Currier and Ives paintings that depict groups of carolers dressed in Old World finery, standing under glowing street lamps or strolling through snowy streets toting lanterns and songbooks.
While today’s caroling scenes may seem less idyllic, folks still turn out on Go Caroling Day every December 20 to croon their way through neighborhoods, shopping malls, nursing homes and senior centers.
The tradition of caroling is believed to have originated during the 1200s when Saint Francis of Assisi figured out the obvious. Replacing hymns with songs of merriment would lift spirits and infuse joy during the holidays.
The result is a tradition of vocalists dressed in period costumes, chanting door-to-door, providing cheer and a free holiday concert at every door. Their holiday playlists include songs from every genre of music.
Traditional lyrics celebrating the birth of Christ remain perpetual classics. Joining the lineup are the lively tracks of “Jingle Bell Rock,” and humorous ditties such as “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.
Whether the listener’s preference is drawn to spiritual strains, lyrics about winter snow, sleigh rides, or jolly old Saint Nick, there is something for everyone.
This Go Caroling Day, consider organizing a group of carolers. Even if your voice is more suited for belting out a chorus of “Deck the Halls” within the confines of your shower, it’s the thought that counts.
Once carolers are assembled and songs are chosen, head out to celebrate the sounds of the season spreading Yuletide cheer to all.