Monday, December 19, 2016

Make a Christmas Carol Songbook

A Christmas tradition for many is caroling, or at least it used to be.
 Have you ever had the fun of going out caroling at Christmas time?
When I was in my early teens a group of neighbors did that and it was such
fun and really put you in the holiday spirit. Its such an old fashioned thing to 
do and has such tradition, two things that seem to make it a good thing this time of year.
We all had tiny songbooks to follow along to make sure we knew the words to 
each Christmas carol.  If you want to create a songbook, you can do what I 
did last night.  Martha Stewart (of course!) has an easy to make songbook
for Christmas Carols on her website.  The link to the Songbook will be at 
the end of this brief post, if you are interested in creating one for yourself.
The reason I came to search for "how to make a caroling songbook" was because of
 my mother in law, Claire.  She loves music!  
Above you can see us all dressed up to enjoy the 
Boston Holiday Pops orchestra, with their wonderful Christmas program.  
Music is such a nice part of Christmas. 
 The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall
Boston Symphony Hall, decked out for their Holiday Pops show.
Just yesterday, Claire asked if we could sing some carols at our Christmas party.  
I know that her own traditions of celebrating had her aunts and uncles and parents 
and children all gathered around a piano on Christmas eve and there they sang 
Christmas Carols. Its easy to picture that scene, isn't it?  
Claire herself played the violin and the cello, 
and her father was a piano tuner, so musical ability ran deep in this family. 
 While I can't play more than chopsticks on the piano, I can belt out a carol or two.  

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  1. What a cute idea! I bet my grandgirls would LOVE to go caroling. I haven't thought about doing that im years! xo Diana

    1. We sang around the table after dinner Diana, and it was so much fun!

  2. What a charming book! Stopping in to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas! If you have time stop by my blog. I have an exciting announcement in todays post!

    1. Thanks and I did stop by, how much fun you will have building your home!

  3. That looks like so much fun! I love to listen to music and carols but unfortunately I can't carry a tune! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! xo

    1. Thanks Leslie, hope you had a nice Christmas too!

  4. Thank you for jogging a lovely memory of my own childhood Christmases. I began piano lessons when I was about six, which continued all thru school, and by the time I was a couple of years into it, I could play well enough to play songs from the Christmas song book. Our family used to gather around the piano and sing as I plunked out the tunes. Aside from spending time with my mother in the kitchen, this is a favorite childhood memory. I am sure the Boston Pops was wonderful!

    1. Oh boy does that sound like fun, and those lessons payed off!!

  5. That is a lovely idea, and should be a holiday tradition for all! And can you believe Christmas is coming up in a few days?? Have a Merry Christmas, Amy! Keep it festive and fab xoxo

    1. its been a whirlwind, and I am happy to say I made a set of six songbooks that were shared at the party, and singing was quite fun! Hope you had a very nice Christmas Loi.

  6. What a great idea Amy!..We used to go caroling every year when the kids were young...we would go out with many families in the neighborhood. Such a most wonderful tradition! Merry Christmas to you and your family Amy!


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