In most areas of the United States, Christmas caroling has become a thing of the past, but, it’s actually a wonderful tradition that can be revived with a few simple steps. First, locate friends and neighbors who enjoy singing (they don’t have to be great, they just need to have the desire to sing.) Next, select the date you want to go around your neighborhood to carol for your neighbors. Try to select a time when most people are home and not out shopping or doing other errands. Weekend evenings between 7PM and 9PM are best.
On the selected night, have everyone meet at your home approximately 15 to 20 minutes prior to heading out. Make sure everyone knows what songs you are singing and in what order. Sheet music can be helpful — so pint out as many copies you need for each song for each person going caroling! You might want to supply each person or every other person a battery run candle, not only will it help you see your way in the dark evening hours, it looks beautiful as you sing your carols and it adds to the festive feeling.
After making the rounds in your neighborhood, invite the carolers back to your home for hot cocoa, cookies, and, assorted goodies. You can easily have everything set up prior to leaving for caroling, and, the hot cocoa will take less than 30 minutes to make. In the meantime, you can offer hot apple cider to help warm everyone up as you wait for the cocoa to be ready!
Christmas caroling is a wonderful way to bring friends and neighbors together, and, it truly gives a feeling of community. Those who participate will likely love it enough to make it an annual tradition, and, from there, you can expand as large as you wish! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!