Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hometown Memories: Christmas Caroling

One of the most nerve-racking interesting things I’ve ever done as a child is go door-to-door Christmas caroling. And of course, my brother, Steve, went right along with me because we were completely inseparable as children and did everything together.

Performing for others wasn’t the easiest thing in the world for me to do because not only was I an introverted child that avoided the spotlight, I was also a painfully shy one, too. But my brother wasn’t bashful by any means, and he was quite the ham, so that made it easier. All I had to do was follow his lead.

Many, many Christmases ago. Steve is all the way to the left and I'm all the way to the right.
My brother may not be with us anymore but I have a lifetime of wonderful memories of him.

We only visited families that we knew, which certainly put me more at ease, and I must admit that it got easier as we went from one home to another.

One of the buildings we dropped in to sing Christmas carols to some family friends.

In fact, I was disappointed when we ran out of homes to visit; I wanted to keep going. Not that being tipped after each visit and amassing a small fortune by the end of that day had anything to do with it. Not at all.

Honest.
(fingers crossed behind back)

Have you ever gone caroling?

29 comments:

  1. How beaurtiful this is, how heartwarming, I love the photos so much you always put me in a good mood, and well no, not me, introverted, agoraphobic and social phobia, no, but I loved people so my way to help them was to pray still to this day that;s what I do....But I love that you could, it's beautiful Martha

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    1. Everyone has their own way of doing things, Lorraine. Your heart is big, and you make the world a better place.

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  2. Too bloody cold on the prairies at Christmas for that! Our caroling was done indoors at school concerts and sunday school pageants!

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    1. Oh yeah, definitely too cold! Our weather is a little better over here, so caroling is possible. Mind you, I've never had someone come sing at my door.

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  3. Haha...sound like you were nicely rewarded for your efforts! What sweet memories you have! No, I've never gone caroling.

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    1. We were. That was very exciting when we were kids. Now that I'm an adult, I cherish the memories my brother and I made together.

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  4. what wonderful memories you guys must've been so cute!

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    1. Lots of great memories, Christine! That's what makes it all special.

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  5. My girl scout troop used to go caroling. It was great fun! It's sad that no one does this anymore.

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    1. It is great fun. And it truly sad that you don't see this anymore.

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  6. We must be near the same age, because that picture looks so familiar.
    The last time I went Christmas caroling was with a bunch of 3rd graders. We visited the assisted living home right behind the school.

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    1. That is a great thing to do with the kids. And a whole bunch of them singing together is fun, especially when some sing off key!

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  7. I was just looking at your TV in the background. It was much like ours used to be. How times have changed!

    No, I've never been caroling. Far too shy for that. It also didn't help that I lived in the county, so the only thing that would have heard my dulcet tones anyway would have been my horse! True :)

    PS I know I've said this before, but I really am sorry about your brother. Life is so unfair.

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    1. Lucy cut the back out of a TV like that once. Then got inside.

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    2. I was painfully shy as a child, so I'm surprised I even did that. But as long as my brother was nearby, it made everything easier. Yes, living in a rural area made it a little tougher, although singing to the horse would have been fun. They're not judgmental :) (And thank you about my brother. Life really isn't fair, but at least a had such a great sibling that I got along so well with. That's a blessing in itself.)

      (That Lucy was hilarious!)

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  8. So you can look back at this activity and enjoy it all your life.

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  9. Hi Martha...
    I was always in the choir at school...my favorite carol was "Good King Wenceles"...remember that one?
    Great memories of your brother♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Yes, I do remember that! I love that one. A lot of fun to sing.

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  10. Very nice post, Martha. Never done it myself.

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  11. I adore your photo Martha! I'm sure looking at it brings back wonderful memories of your dear brother. You are just a wee bit younger than I, but I have many black and white photos of family before those awful color pictures came along. As you know many of the early color photos have almost faded away, but the old black and white are as clear and true as ever!
    And yes, I loved caroling as a kid! We lived in a rural area and the small town where our church was always had those of us in the Youth Fellowship Group caroling to other church members and people in our little town. It was so much fun to get together and a few of the houses we caroled at had cookies and hot cocoa or cider and they would bring it out to us. It's a memory I'll always treasure.

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    1. Wow, those are wonderful memories! A wonderful way to bring people together. Throwing in some cookies and drinks make it even better :)

      I love the old black and white photos. And you're right; they just keep on going!

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  12. Never gone or seen anyone come to our door

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    1. It's fun to watch, but I haven't seen something like this in ages.

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  13. I'm glad that you have such wonderful memories of your brother, Martha! I can't imagine what pain you must have suffered when you lost him. The childhood photo is darling! I so love old family photos ~ and it doesn't have to be my old photos. I enjoy anyone's. They're so real! Have a good one, and may you have lots of happy memories as you go through the holidays!!

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    1. It was horrible losing him, Louise, but time does help make things better. You don't forget, but the grief is no longer that intense. Thank goodness for that. Life does go on, and we got on with it. And just like you, I LOVE old photos; that's a major reason why I enjoy the posts you share about your dad's teaching years, and all the photos you include.

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  14. Oh I guess I'll believe you, Martha! lol Loved those 'generous' relatives eh?
    I think most of my relatives held their breath when they heard the 'Cuveliers' were coming for a visit........9 kids can do that I'm sure!! lol

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    1. We were very happy campers after the caroling, Jim! A fortune for young kids.

      And I can imagine the reaction people had when 9 kids would show up! LOL...

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