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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Christmas Carols on Halloween?

Well, I've decided not to go caroling this year. Instead, I'm going to try the time honored tradition of handing out candy to strangers from my doorstep. I know, I know, I'm lame. But all of the folks expressing interest seemed to be in the East Bay, and so dragging them to my neighborhood seemed cruel, and trying to get to Alameda or Berkeley on Halloween evening with all the other parents rushing home to get their kids ready for trick or treating sounded too painful. So, I'll light my home, carve some squash, and give out lots of tooth rotting treats. (God but I do feel old!)

Anyway, for those of you what were or are interested, I've got two carol books with text sized for when it's dim out - one for
all carols (or at least all the favorites and most requested) and one for all the non-Christ oriented carols (because after four or five of those in a row one year, someone said, "I feel like I'm proselytizing for a religion I don't practice."). I also have some candy canes and a lovely green basket with red velvet lining and jingle bells just for the occassion if anyone wants me to loan it to them. I'll be at Gaskells on Saturday and can hand it off. I recommend dressing in either Victorian or your best wooly coat and scarf and gloves. Make it look like it's winter in Boston or London. This gives the best, most confounding effect.

So here's how it goes:
Knock on the door. The door opens and start singing immediately. Hand the door opener a candy cane. Finish the song and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Common reactions:
Lots of laughter and falling over doubled with laughter.
Calling of other residents from other rooms.
Blank stares.
"Why are you doing this?" (an appropriate answer is "Only 54 shopping days left until Christmas!" in a serenely cheerful voice)
"Aren't you guys a little early?" (see previous appropriate answer)

Uncommon reactions:
Cash donations.
Requests for additional songs.
Closing the door on you.
"No, thanks." to the candy cane offer.
Freezing, with cap guns drawn and hunkered down, completely dumbfounded and perplexed until the song finishes and you slide a candy cane in the end of the guns. (no, really, this actually did happen once.)

Remember, kids go trick or treating as soon as it is dark, and are usually done by 8pm. Start early for the best reactions. And in general, the policy is to not accept candy from those you carol to, unless they completely insist.

After caroling, I recommend dinner out, or a good monster movie back at the base.


  • :(

    I'm more than happy to go down there. I have no problems with it.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 2:13 PM  

  • And in general, the policy is to not accept candy from those you carol to, unless they completely insist.

    Or unless they're offering figgie pudding.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 2:48 PM  

  • I love your idea! I can just imagine the look on people's faces.

    By Blogger Kim, at 4:37 PM  

  • We actually resorted to this by accident one year in high school when we found it had been universally decided that we were too old for trick-or-treating and were getting very chilly receptions. People seemed to really enjoy it, and we made it through the evening having a good time, rather than getting the cold shoulder from people who thought we were "hoodlums." We were not, however, in appropriate Christmas related garb, and this would certainly enhance the effect.

    By Blogger BlackSheep, at 10:47 PM  

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