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Here we come a-caroling

posted Dec 27, 2017, 6:21 PM by Christine Merrill
Every year, my family goes caroling. It started when I was a kid, we would sing to our neighbors and maybe a few close friends who lived nearby. When I got married, we sang to our neighbors and a few close friends, as well. Then we moved to Indiana, and our close friends weren't necessarily our we started driving around more. We wanted to sing to people we were serving in church. In Maryland, our ward (congregation) covered a pretty large area, and soon we were spending all of Christmas eve driving around singing to people. 

This year, we reached level "insane".

Our branch has huge boundaries, and some people drive a long ways. And we wanted to let them know that we understood what it's like to always have to drive a long ways. So, we drove to their houses.

We didn't make it all in one day. We didn't even get everyone we wanted to in 2 days. But here's where we drove:

Saturday, December 23rd
3 hours and 40 minutes of driving time - 131 miles. We left at 9:30am and got home at 8:30pm. Of course, we did stop for a party in Woodbridge in the middle.

Sunday, December 24th
5 hours of driving time, 224 miles. We left about 1:00, after church, and ended at a friend's house for dinner. We got home at 10:30pm. Because we were having a lot of fun.

Overall, we drove 360 miles caroling. We filled up the minivan at the beginning and the out-of-gas light came on as we were driving home from our last stop. I don't know if we want to do that much caroling again next year, but we actually had a lot of fun and made some people happy. So I think it was worth it.

A funny thing - when we first started caroling, people were sorta weirded out by this strange family singing to them. Now those people look forward to the tradition, but all the new people we added this year had that familiar, "what?" look on their face. I'm sure they'll get used to it. Or maybe it really was weird, because people don't go caroling in ASL so much...we're ok with being trendsetters :)