Christmas Caroling Cancelled?

singing carols2I used to go Christmas Caroling with friends, youth group, neighbors, etc. Over the years my opportunities dwindled but I enjoyed the occasional knock at my own door of various groups singing to us. It’s simply a part of the season. Or it was. . .

It’s another century now with new songwriters, new singers, and new selections.

It’s a little bit sad.

Who teaches the younger the older tunes, the traditional ones? Do they die out along with those who die?

I learned all the verses of all the songs in church and back in the day when Christmas was celebrated in schools and malls and, well, everywhere.

As part of my school chorus and church choir, I learned to read music and even learned the alto notes. Who learns that stuff anymore if one is not a professional? But, and more to the point, when is it even needed anymore? It’s a rare occurrence when I hear and/or have the opportunity to join in.

It’s a little bit sad.singing carols

I enjoy new music, at least some of it. But, and I suppose it shows my age, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas music.

Of course, I know new songwriters, new singers and new selections are not a bad thing and I’ll enjoy the message of the words. But still. . .

It’s a little bit sad.

Silent Night
Christmas Hymn and Carol

“Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth “


3 thoughts on “Christmas Caroling Cancelled?

  1. Interestingly, our Florida pastor briefly shared this:
    When their Connect group had its Christmas Potluck together 2 weeks ago, they went out caroling through the neighborhood. They all, especially the kids, loved it! But he said that the neighbors did not really seem to know how to react. Many offered the group money … some insisted on pressing change into the kids’ hands … many briefly peeked out windows, but nothing more. One home had a single light on inside … the group started caroling & the light went off … & there was no movement, the house seemed to go dead. But when the group moved on to the next home, an old man charged out the front door & yelled, “Why’d you leave?!”

    Isn’t it sad that we are also losing the “way to behave” when carolers come a-caroling? Folks are missing the point that it is a GIFT from the carolers. It is a lovely opportunity to open your front door & sing along & offer encouragement … & if you have some goodies around, bring folks in for a quick snack & a chance to warm up.

    Perhaps some of us could try to revive the custom in our own neighborhoods??


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