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Leeder Will there be singing in your house? (56* d) RE: Will there be singing in your house? 06 Dec 01


A chum of mine has hosted carolling for many years. He invites his friends (who are many) and their families, we meet at his house, and we go around the neighbourhood singing carols at houses where there appears to be someone home. We refuse money (many people assume that we're collecting for a charity) but will accept goodies for the children. Our route varies every year, but includes houses of people we know, or people who we know will be appreciative, or who we know will give us goodies. Sooner or later, depending on the weather, we repair back to his house, where he has prepared a major stew and a major fruit salad. To me, this has many of the elements of traditional wassailing as I've read about it, and we've invented other traditions to suit ourselves.

Also, one evening before Christmas all our sisters- and brothers-in-law (who are numerous) get together for supper and have an evening of carol singing afterward.

For the record, I'm agnostic, do not believe in the literal "Christmas story", but find that Christmas carols work on other levels for me, including spirituality and friendship. Also for the record (getting back to the original question), there is singing at our house; at the very least, I host a jam every week.


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