It features the lyrics to:
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
- Joy to the World
- O Holy Night
- Away in a Manger
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
- The First Noel
- God Rest Your Merry, Gentlemen
- Silent Night
- We Three Kinds of Orient Are
So, the question of the day here in 2013 is this: "Do people still go caroling?"2
As always, I turned to the Interwebs for the answer, and this is what I came up with.
1. The question "Do people still go out Christmas caroling?" was asked on Yahoo! Answers in 2008. These were some of the responses:
- "I don't know any people that go Christmas caroling anymore...But i'm sure some people still do!"
- "My girlfriend and I went caroling last year, it was pretty cool. But no one seems to be asking anyone to go caroling this year. Which kind of suck."
- "i wish people did, ahh the old days"3
- "yep, they did on a reality TV show i watched (LOL) and we usually get one or two groups every year."
2. The same question was also posed in 2008 on Askville by Amazon.4 Responses included:
- "It's not as common but yeah I've seen people do it."
- "My sister and her husband had a group of friends they would carol with. They would rent a large passenger vehicle and designate a driver, get completely wasted and sing their hearts out. They had a regular route each year. It might be bad form to show up on some stranger's yard to sing drunken carols. People came to expect a visit from the group each year."
- "Sure, in some horse and buggy towns across the land."
on Yahoo! Answers. There was a wide variety of answers:
- "yes, for the first time in my life I had carolers come to my door last year. It was a group of Mormons, but it was still very nice. And they didn't even hand me any literature or anything. They sang two songs...it was very cool. More people should do that."
- "Yes, but it depends on where you live. In a lot of areas, it is very rare to see. In all my 20 years of living, only once did I see Christmas carolers come to my door in the area that I live in, which is quiet a rural area."
- "I would and the last time I heard carollers was like 5 years ago. Now everone is locked inside playing on thier Ipods or Wii's not caring about anyone but themselves. Just one Christmas I would like a more Jolly Spirit"
- "No one has ever been to my door but I would listen to someone on the porch only."
- "maybe in the 1980s"
on Experience Project. Those commenting on that website seemed a bit more thoughtful and in control of punctuation and grammar. But most of the responses were still on the depressing side. Here's a sampling:
- "Growing up, I lived part of the year in a warm climate and part in a cold climate. Christmas was always celebrated in the cold part of the country, with lots of snow on the ground. My church youth group went to the homes of older people in they church and caroled. Afterwards, we went back to the church for hot chocolate and goodies in the church basement. I have aways remembered how fun that was. I agree, it is a part of times past that few people do any more."
- "We used to hitch up a horse drawn wagon and carole from the back. But to knock on a stranger's doors these days would be out and out scary from the perspective of the knocker and knockee."
- "Yep, Just don't do it in the Post Office they will kick you out."
What are your Christmas caroling experiences and thoughts? Comment below.
1. Previous posts involving The Prudential are:
- Prudential booklet on signers of the Declaration of Independence
- Prudential advertisement from 1897 issue of The Strand Magazine
3. This answer was provided by a user with a Cartman avatar. I have a terrible suspicion that, 200 years from now, Cartman will still be a universally recognized image.
4. The person posting the question had the user name OldHippieHatesNewAV.