The Christmas season is approaching so get ready for carolers hitting the Pearl Street Mall and bringing some holiday cheer to everyone’s ears.
“I think (people) just appreciate old fashioned aspects of Christmas tradition, like caroling. I think it is a nostalgic holiday so people appreciate the warm fuzzies that the season brings,” Elisa Spencer, a junior vocal performance major, said.
The most common songs Spencer sings are “Silent night,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Joy to the World,” “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
Kayleigh Lloyd, a freshman pre-journalism and studio arts major, has been caroling since she was 9 years old. She said she usually sings “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Hallelujah” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
The CU choir is doing a medley of several of these songs for Holiday Fest Dec. 8-10.
“It is fun to hang out with friends and embrace the nerd within by harmonizing to holiday favorites,” Spencer said.
Spencer usually sings in her neighborhood at home, and she often visits Pearl Street mall.
“People love it. Neighborhoods think it is great. Pearl Street people stop and listen for a while and smile because sometimes we just walk and sing all down the street,” Spencer said.
Carolers usually get good responses from crowds. Most people appreciate caroling and it brings a smile to people’s faces when they hear carolers coming down the street, Lloyd said.
“I’m not sure where we’ll go this year, it sounds like maybe Pearl Street, but in the past I have gone around neighborhoods and to retirement centers. The retirement centers are my favorite because everyone really appreciates having people there,” Lloyd said.
Spencer usually goes caroling with groups that don’t wear dresses and suits, but she does bundle up with warmer clothes for the winter weather: scarves, mittens and hats.
“Sometimes (we dress up). It really depends on the year and the group. It’s always fun to have a festive scarf or crazy reindeer antlers though,” Lloyd said.
Spencer enjoys the caroling after party of cider, cookies and hot chocolate. Lloyd said some of her favorite memories are from caroling adventures.