December : Christmas Thoughts 22

Hubby and I are hoping to go into the Abbey on the way back from MOH on Christmas Day to light candles for our Dads.
We can leave Maggie in the car if there’s a service going on, and if so, we might well stay to join in.

It’s been a long time since I attended a Carol Service, though in some High Streets there are bands playing and passers-by join in.
I love to sing. Not that I’ve got that good a voice, but I love the old melodies of Christmas favourites, and can’t quite get my head around the new tunes for familiar lyrics.

We had very few carol singers when we were in any of our houses, certainly none at all in Lincolnshire, but if we had a knock on the door, we would sing along too and drop a few coins in the box as they sang by lantern light.
carol-singers-2As a child, it was not unusual for a group of us to go carol singing the week before Christmas. Our ages would range from 6 to 16, and we’d be wrapped up snug and warm in woolly hats, coats and gloves, and would sing our hearts out for a few bob.

I miss the old traditions.
A town at night is not as safe as when I was a child, and parents or older siblings are either too tired or have something better to do than traipse along the road on a cold night warbling by torchlight.
The Salvation Army bands are also few and far between now, though in some supermarket foyers there will be a handful of musicians belting out Once in Royal David’s City, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful, just as I remember them all those years ago.
tambourine brass-band salvation-army


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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11 Responses to December : Christmas Thoughts 22

  1. I wish we had more carol singers. We went out caroling several years ago, and it was so much fun!

    • There was a small brass band playing in the supermarket foyer this morning and I stopped to listen before going in. Most of them were kids, and it was wonderful.
      Coming out, there were singers too. Put a spring in my step as I collected the dog to walk home.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen carol singers in our neighborhood. It’s just one of those traditions that have gone away over the years. Of course, the bitterly cold sub-zero winter weather might be one of the reasons.

  3. scifihammy says:

    Loved reading your reminisces, Thank you. 🙂 I also remember going carol singing as a kid; I earned enough with my friend to buy all my Christmas presents. And I still remember the Salvation Army playing outside Boots in our town centre, in the freezing cold. 🙂

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