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    Christmas break begins

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    As Christmas makes its way closer every day, it is officially two days before the holiday break. As school lets out, many families and friends gather to prepare for Christmas Day and New Year’s. Everyone is ready and settled in for the cold and jolly holiday week while enjoying a mug of hot cocoa, and snuggling up to watch the holiday movies. On December 20, the week of Christmas music is shared among neighborhoods. It’s officially National Go Caroling Day, so prepare your singing and share the holiday joys among your friends, family, and community.

    National Go Caroling Day is a national holiday celebrated by many people. It’s a tradition that many follow to honor the winter solstice. Though caroling is not as popular as it once was, some families, communities, and churches look forward to this celebration every year to help spread Christmas cheer. Most carolers have the same songs that they sing each year. These can include classics such as: “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Christmas Tree,” “Silent Night,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” and many more. Caroling is a great way to gather communities and help spread the holiday spirit around. 

    What is the history of caroling and where did it originate? The very first carols were sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but at this time, it wasn’t Christmas songs being sung amongst people, instead Christian/Pagan songs were sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations; Christmas songs didn’t involve caroling until later on. Caroling is believed to represent many different things, but overall it focuses on bringing joy and happiness to others. 

    Today, December 20, make sure to spread the true purpose of the holidays: happiness. Whether it’s to friends, families, or even strangers, caroling is a great way to have fun. Just make sure to dress warmly as this time of year is quite cold. Celebrate National Go Caroling Day, and enjoy the holiday break! 

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