We tried again to break the Christmas Caroling record, and from the looks of things there, we didn’t even come close. We needed about 8,000 Wauvillians out there, but I doubt there was even 3,000. But still it was a nice event. Anytime you sing “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night” with a group of people, it can’t help but raise a lump in
But even saying that, I have to say it was a “just miss” event, and not because the record still stands.
What I found down there was a couple of folks from a local radio station (WLJY) who provided commentary (and a dancing mascot) while our fellow citizens sang along with some CDs. Nice, but I think actually we can do better, maybe not in terms of numbers, but at least in terms of a nice event to take the family to. Rather than a radio station sing along on a Saturday morning, let’s perhaps imagine another way to do the event.
First we could start by using a little more symbolic day. How about the Friday after Thanksgiving? Hold the event about 7 pm that night. It could be promoted with copy something like: “You decked the halls and shopped till you dropped, now come get in touch with the true spirit of the season.” An evening time, while possibly colder than the wonderful warm sunshine we enjoyed today, allows the possibility of a nice candle light event.
Second, rather than a radio sing along, let’s make our own music. Contact every church and every school and ask them to bring out their choir. And what they heck, maybe their band too! It may be cheating for purposes of the record to prime the pump like this, but it sure will make for a joyous sound.
Now all we need is for people to show up. If you wanted to number folks for the record attempt, you could funnel them through some kind of gate and hand everyone a candle. The little paper wax catcher could be printed and numbered, so we would know how many people came through. And then we sing.
I would suggest starting with “O Come All Ye Faithful.” No reason why we couldn’t throw in “Jingle Bells,” and Frosty and Rudolph along the way. In the name of diversity, I am sure there is a nice Hanukah song or two and even “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” Somewhere along the line, a single candle is lit and that light is passed from person to person until the whole square is glowing. Of course, it ends with “Silent Night.”
That is if you can get the people to go home. Something like this could become quite a tradition. At least it could in my mind. Maybe you have some other ideas. Drop them in the comment box!