We’ve all seen Currier and Ives paintings of carolers standing under street lamps, or strolling through snowy streets carrying lanterns and songbooks. Today’s caroling scenes are less idyllic, but folks still turn out on Go Caroling Day, celebrated annually on December 20, to croon their way through neighborhoods, shopping malls and senior centers.
The tradition is believed to have originated in the 1200s by Saint Francis of Assisi. Instead of somber hymns, he believed that songs of merriment would bring joy and lift spirits during the Christmas season. However, our modern holiday playlists include the spiritual and secular, everything from “O Holy Night” to “Jingle Bell Rock”.
To celebrate Go Caroling Day, organize a group of carolers and visit a nursing home or senior center. Even if you believe your singing voice should only be heard in the bathroom shower, it’s the thought that counts. You’ll warm the hearts of residents and spread Yuletide cheer to all.