“Drummer Boy” and “Carol of the Bells” were by far my favorite carols to listen to when my family sang them on or around Christmas Day. As a child, singing was a family tradition and the Dixon’s could sing! It was in our blood. My grandfather was a professional singer and he never took singing lightly. When it came to music, he was known for saying, “sing it right or don’t sing it at all”. He would have no problem stopping a song because of a slipped note! His perfection made for beautiful acappella renditions in five part harmony of the “Drummer Boy” and “Carol of the Bells.” How I wish I had a recording of those family singing sessions from my grandparents’ living room.
I don’t recall going Christmas caroling very often, but at least on one occasion, we traveled as a family to the neighbors on 5th Avenue and blessed them with the gift of song.
Have you ever been caroling or responded to a knock on your door to an element of surprise; singers on your doorstep? Some might think it would be awkward to knock on a stranger’s door and offer up a gift of song. I have gone in most recent years with a group of friends who aren’t caught up in singing the right note, but simply want to spread some joy during the holiday season. Now don’t get me wrong, we have been met with some doors that open and then quickly shut, but for the homes that welcome their surprise guest, they are delighted and sometimes step out to join us for the song.
Two weeks until Christmas, here’s an idea, gather up your extended family and/or a group of friends, print out some lyrics, put on some fun holiday accessories and go out for an adventure. Spread joy to the world!