Singing Christmas Carols with the Neighborhood
This past weekend friends of mine in the neighborhood threw their annual Christmas Caroling party. Yes, this is yet another "I love my neighborhood" story much like July 4th and Santa's Mittens.
We start at one house where the hosts feed us hearty, warm comfort food. This year it was penne, and chili (complete with fixins) plus a table full of other goodies.
Then we carol around the neighborhood (this year we made it about 8 houses) and end up at another house for coffee, dessert, cocoa, and champagne.
Here's the story I did on Whrrl.com. For tips on hosting your own caroling party see below!
Tips for hosting a holiday caroling party:
1. Invite friends, neighbors or family members who will actually sing. It simply won't work if you have 30 people who are embarrased or can't get into it...even a little bit.
2. Print out the lyrics to the carols you want to sing. Don't assume people remember all the words and many kids haven't heard them often enough to remember the words. Having song sheets (and numbering them) can help you get the songs out when you are in front of someone's house.
3. Have some warm, comforting food before you venture out into the cold. The hosts don't have to do all the cooking - invite guests to each bring a dish.
4. Designate a place for everyone's winter clothing. At our first house there was a mud room with tons of hooks and benches and coat hangers so everyone could find a place off the wet floor for their coats, hats, gloves, etc. The second house had towels layed out across the foyer to catch the salt and snow.
5. Bring flashlights or glow sticks. Our neighborhood has street lamps, and many houses with Christmas lights on to light our way. But none of these help us to see the words on those song sheets very well. A few flashlights and glow sticks will help and make it fun for the kids in addition to being safe.
Let me know how your caroling goes!