questionsdo you answer the door for christmas carolers?


Funny you asked if people even do it anymore. I was coming here to ask that.

I think I did this once as a youth group activity at church. Most people didn't answer their door when the mob of "I-don't-want-to-be-here" teenagers knocked. The ones that did would hurry us off after one song.

It's been about 15 years ago, so I'm not sure if they still go or not


yes, and yes. I've been one of the carolers, too. It's fun.


I haven't seen carolers at my door since I was a kid.. and I live in a nice neighborhood (all 150k+ houses)..

I didn't even know that they did it anymore.. I would probably be hesitant in some other neighborhoods that I have lived in, in the past... no less than 3 of them would have switchblades and ask for my wallet and stereo =D


Don't think I've ever had any come to my house.


Never had a caroler or a trick-or-treater come to my place. Not sure if it's the long dark driveway or the guns.


Have lived here 30+ years, only had carolers one time. Probably 20 years ago.

LOL @nortonsark: long driveway/guns ;-)


I think the answer divides those that live in real neighborhoods and those that live in "communities".

When I was growing up, we caroled and had carolers stop through the holidays. this was Chicago in a close-knit neighborhood with many church. Most carolers were neighbors and church members.

The same happened on post, while living in quarters. All friends and neighbors.

Later, living in a small town, one of the two local church and the neighborhood association arranged holiday events, like caroling and community-wide luminaria nights. Luminaries are little candle lanterns made from small paper bags that line a walkway or driveway. Looks gorgeous lining the streets & symbolizes the welcome families extended.

My latest home is miles off the main road, so no carolers. But our local churches all have Christmas celebrations featuring their wonderful choirs. Everyone is welcome.

And one of the choirs makes home visits to home bound and hospitalized.
So I've been lucky.


I've never had carolers. Then again I live in California, home of the 80 degree winter.


I would LOVE to have carolers! Never happened to me though... Maybe this year will bring some!


Never in my lifetime have I seen a caroler. Not even on the street! I guess they know to stay away from the jewboy...


As a kid, I went caroling at least 3 or 4 years, and most years we had carolers show up at our house. I haven't seen carolers in at least 35 years. (Haven't seen trick-or-treaters in at least 10 years.)


Never had a caroler ring my door bell in my life. Seems like its another tradition that passed with a former generation.


Never had a caroler. I'd like to. Are you supposed to offer them something or just clap and say thank you?


We went caroling last year. It was fun -. We didn't sing if the door wasn't opened but most were. I think back in the day people expected carolers and had cookies ready for them but things being they way they are these days, we wouldn't take a chance on them anyway. We had a great time and I think the neighbors rally enjoyed it. (You do need a pretty good size singing crowd and lots of songs!)


@coolphilip04: and @pooflady:
As mentioned, "You gives us hot chocolates"
AND cookies. Nice hot ginger cookies or oatmeal cookies or peanut butter cookies or yummy, tasty, especially nice chocolate chip cookies.

Then think about grabbing a coat and joining the crowd for a bit as we carol onwards. Was a fun time in the crisp, snowy night.


I live now in a semi-rural area, and this year I had zero trick or treaters. Other years (since 2006, when I moved here) have never seen more than a few. I've seen no carolers, although I would welcome them.

It used to be, in earlier days, that a bowl of hot spiced wine or cider was kept ready for the event, or at least some fragrant gingerbread or sugar cookies. I'd start baking some nice butter cookies right now, if I thought that would bring them. Butter cookies taste best when they've been made a couple of weeks before. It gives them time to develop more complex flavors.

I went caroling when I was younger. There's nothing like a crisp, cold evening, and "Good King Wenceslaus" to get the blood moving. Always wise to end with something like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" with the suggestions at the end for figgy pudding and a lot of good cheer (remembering, dear friends, that the fig pudding was a solid cake-like creation).

Now I want cookies for breakfast.


Are people still caroling... havent witnessed it happen in over 9 years :-(


If I'm not expecting a visitor I don't answer the door, regardless of what time of year it is. If you lived in this city you would understand.


In my 30 years of life, I have never had a caroler knock on my door.


I have never seen Carolers before but yes I would.