Day 206 - Caroling
For nearly 20 years I organized neighborhood caroling, as our kids were growing up. We started going door to door in St. Louis, when the kids were hardly old enough to belt out Jingle Bells. In Tulsa, we pulled a wagon around our block, singing and collecting donations for charities. But I love memories of our Sugar Land, TX group which always started at the entrance, decorated with angels. It grew as more joined us, traveling around the neighborhood, pausing at corners to sing for anyone who wanted to hear. Because of our neighborhood diversity we often had kids and adults joining us who had never heard of caroling. Some spoke different languages and didn't even celebrate Christmas, but all joined in together!
Caroling Memories: Spontaneous caroling with family friends on a snowy Christmas Eve, when the 8 kids slipped out of the house and began knocking on doors... Caroling with my sibs as Mom played piano and we kids played rhythm band instruments...Taking Heidi's Girl Scout troop to carol at a nursing home and the girls were a bit initimidated... Ending our annual caroling with cookies and hot chocolate, wound up kids and gabbing parents...
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