Jul 28, 2014

Sing It! Holiday Caroling 101 [SPONSORED]

Go Caroling Day is just around the corner on Dec. 20. If you want to bring joy to the neighborhood, here’s how to get ready.

Sing It! Holiday Caroling 101 [SPONSORED]
Written by Celia Shatzman

There’s no better way to spread holiday cheer than by going Christmas caroling. Revelers have been belting out tunes to get in the season’s spirit through song since the 19th century. Now, there’s a new way to put a fresh spin on the old tradition: Instead of lugging around sheet music with flashlights, use the Sony Xperia® Tablet Z. It comes pre-loaded with music and audio features, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting the lyrics. (How embarrassing!) 

Go Caroling Day is Dec. 20, so make your Christmas season even merrier by keeping these tips in mind:

Get a group going. You’ll want at least two other people to sing with. You also can go caroling with your family for some seasonal bonding. Try to form a group with a variety of vocal ranges, which makes it more interesting for listeners and more fun all around.

Select your songs. Keep in mind that caroling is about embracing the holiday spirit—not preparing for an American Idol audition. Pick tunes that everyone is comfortable singing and people in your neighborhood will enjoy. Your repertoire should include a mix of traditional and new—think “Deck the Halls” and "I Saw Mommy Kissin' Santa Claus."

Practice makes perfect. Christmas only comes once a year, so you might be rusty on some lyrics. During rehearsal, get to know one another’s range and harmonies, and go through every song you plan on performing.

Dress for success. Be sure to bundle up for the winter weather and wear comfortable shoes. Add festivity by sporting Santa hats and reindeer antlers, and carry bells to add some jingle; they’ll also help keep the beat. Stay warm and hydrated by carrying a thermos of hot chocolate or warm apple cider.

Make a plan. Before you set out for the night, map out where you plan to make your stops. Start with friends in the neighborhood. It’s also important to remember the elderly during the holidays, and seniors are sure to appreciate a visit. Another clue a home will welcome carolers? If the house is decked with Christmas decorations.

Let loose. Burst into song as soon as someone opens the door, but don’t overstay your welcome—gauge their reactions to see how long to stick around. And if someone doesn’t answer the doorbell after a couple of minutes, then it’s time to move on to the next house.

Host an after-party. Post-caroling, warm up with a casual soiree at your place. Serve eggnog or spiked cider and Christmas cookies to sweeten the night.

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