Wednesday, December 16, 2009

bless the carolers

the winter we moved into our first home in vermont,
carolers appeared on our doorstep a few nights before christmas.
imagine these strangers, braving the cold, bringing holiday cheer.
would any of you care to share your experience with carolers?

24 comments:

Andreea said...

:) So cute.

In Bucharest carolers go from house to house to sing on Christmas Eve. They're usually children and we rewards them with sweets. Reminds me I have to prepare some treat bags.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

We go to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix each holiday season for the Luminarias, and they have food, drink, and various musical ensembles, including carolers, throughout the garden. In fact, I went with Sharon this year and she showed a photo of it on her Phoenix Daily Photo site a week or so ago.

I was not exactly sure of the scope of our question on my site yesterday, but I did answer it.

Birdman said...

Could they find our place if they tried? I bet not. However, the PMA has a nice evening of carols and the lighting their copper beech tree.

Elenka said...

No, don't have any caroler stories.

Just wondering why 2 of the carolers in your photo are sporting black eyes?

Kate said...

It seems that the tradition is not prevalent in this area. We have lived in our home since 1976 and NEVER have carolers come by. I, myself, have been part of a group in another neighborhood, tho. But, it's not an annual activity for me.
We do put out luminarias along our sidewalk on Christmas eve, but that too is not a common practice here. It might be in the west side of St. Paul, which is heavily Hispanic. I probably should drive through there this winter to find out.

diane said...

When our neighborhood was new we used to light candles and stand them in a paper bag in front of our houses and then walk as a group around the streets singing carols picking up neighbours on the way. But it doesn't happen anymore....sadly.

Leif Hagen said...

Cute yard decorators! I haven't gone Christmas caroling for a long time. I miss it!

B SQUARED said...

We had them growing up in the north. Have never seen(heard) them in the south.

Cezar and Léia said...

I need to confess I would like to meet then so much!:)
Adorable picture!
hugs
Léia

Steffe said...

They look kinda stiff.Must all the standing outside all day!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so cute and beautiful !! I loved the colors too !! Thanks for sharing..

Malyss said...

I'd like so much! But carolers don't exist in France..:-((
I often saw them in american and english movies. so, I found some of them that I set in my Christmas village.
The ones of your picture make me think of a painting by Norman Rockwell, one of my favorite painters.

Anya said...

I wish they where in Dutch :-)
I have never seen one here before..
I have Christmas feelings when I look at your photo :-)
THANKS...

Vogon Poet said...

No carolers here, so no story. I saw them in Germany or in the UK and it was very nice.

Sharon said...

I bet I haven't seen door to door carolers since I was a kid. I do remember doing it once with a group of friends. I remember how cold it was and how nice people were. Someone even invited us in for hot chocolate. Thanks for bringing up those fond memories!

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Two of the caroling boys in the photo appear to have given each other black eyes! The high school chorus here has a group that went about downtown with their director, singing carols.

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Rob and Mandy said...

We only had them once, when we were living in Ireland. We liked it, and they got some homemade mulled wine from us.

Jacob said...

Some carolers are pretty good; some are pretty awful. I think they all enjoy the "singing," though.

Now, I've heard of black-eyed carolers. They're the ones that were off-key and teed off the director.

But blue-eyed carolers? I dunno! What did they do to deserve that?

Small City Scenes said...

No carolers stories here. Always lived in the country so nobody could find our house. Santa did though!!!
Love the black-eyed altar boys. MB

cieldequimper said...

I carolled once or twice as a child in England. It was great.

I like these little carollers, we don't have them in France.

Amin said...
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Amin said...

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JM said...

So cool! :-)

slim said...

Children from our neighborhood church go around caroling in the neighborhood. It's very sweet.