Bring On The Holiday Cheer With Christmas Carols
Show Neighborhood Crooners Your Appreciation With Refreshments
Few things can get you in the holiday spirit like jolly Christmas tunes – and there’s no better way to enjoy them than being serenaded by real, live carolers at your doorstep.
Now if only you could find real, live Christmas carolers. Caroling seems to be a dying art. These days, it might be easier to track down professional singers scheduled to go caroling at a bank, store or event. The old caroling photos that we see now – transferred to digital format for online sharing through picture scanning – are more likely to show these singers gathered on a front porch or strolling down a residential street.
It’s unclear why caroling is no longer as common as it once was. Caroling was initially unwelcome in this country by the Puritans during part of the 17th century. It wasn’t always perceived as innocent fun; prior to the 19th century, caroling was considered an unsavory act that had the potential to be uncivilized and even violent. But later that same century, the British changed the image of caroling and Christmas in general, transforming it into a family-friendly event.
That caroling is no longer a common occurrence during the holidays only makes it much more of a treat for both singers and listeners alike. Songs such as Silent Night are well-loved and well-known by children and adults. If you are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that has a group of carolers, do offer them a round of refreshments and applause as a way of expressing thanks and appreciation. Christmas caroling is a fun activity that happens all over the world – even in war zones such as Afghanistan. In this photo, a U.S. Navy chaplain leads members of the military in singing on Christmas Eve.
Many of today’s carolers are professional singers who dress up in Victorian costumes and carry a tune for money. Businesses such as banks have taken to hiring them during the holidays to greet and entertain customers. They’re also a festive touch at parties. Of course, the most entertaining carolers may be your children at the annual school concert. You probably still have old photos of yourself doing the same; to preserve these images, send them to a picture scanning service like ScanDigital, which can retouch and revive all of those wonderful holiday memories.