Christmas caroling is a tradition that’s enjoyed by many families. If you want to start the tradition with your family and friends, or plan on continuing this year, here’s how to do it.
A week or two before embarking on your night of caroling, send out invitations to everyone to join you. This way, you can get a head count for who’s going to be with you. You may also want to take this time to plan out the route you’re going to take while you are caroling. If you are planning on ending the same place you started, create a circular route to minimize the need to backtrack.
Know your song list
A few days before you go caroling, you should make a list of songs that you will use. Try to create a playlist with a mixture of different songs, from cheerful carols to the more traditional ones. You may want to search the lyrics online and print out a copy for everyone that’s joining you since it’s possible they know a different version of the song!
When to go
For the optimal chance of your neighbors being home, choose to go caroling on a weeknight or a Sunday afternoon. The best time to go is between dinner and bedtime, usually between 6 – 8 p.m.
Safety is important, especially since it is most likely going to be dark when you go caroling. Make sure to bring along flashlights if it’s going to be dark when you are out. Stay on the sidewalks when going from house to house. Additionally, to ensure you haven’t lost anyone when moving from one house to another, gather all your carolers at each stop before ringing the doorbell and starting to sing.
Caroling can be tiring work, so bring along some snacks to keep everyone energized. Consider bringing along Christmas cookies or other handheld snacks, such as crackers or pretzels. Hot chocolate or warm apple cider is perfect to warm everyone up while walking in chilly weather.