Christmas carolers. For real.

For the first time in my life, I’ve been Christmas carol’d. This flock of strangers stood outside the house and sang Christmas songs. They had a guitar and a drum and an accordian. And they were good. Harmonies, layered sound, good. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Total strangers singing in my driveway.

To tell you the truth, I’m not big into organized religion. If it’s right for you, that’s rad, but it’s not what works for me. So, naturally, I nervously assumed some prosyletizing was coming next, but it never happened. “Merry Christmas,” they said. “God bless you.” Then they were gone. Back up the street. And though it’s still 60 degrees outside, there’s no snow anywhere and we have no tree this year, it feels a lot like Christmas here now.

3 Comments so far

  1. Rich (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

    How about some… uh… non-traditional holiday tunes to keep up the spirit?

    Some probably NSFW (sans headphones), folks. Especially the A Plus D tracks with Sarah Silverman.

  2. atlmalcontent (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    Hey Will,
    Meant to thank you for alerting me to the Lantern Inn’s closing. I lived down the street from there when I was in high school (mike jones was our garbageman), and probably ate there 100 times in my life. Been many years since I saw Elvis, but had the honor of being there (and reporting on) his final show Saturday. Best time I’ve had in ages, and actually got pretty emotional seeing all the good ‘ol boys choking up. Hope you were able to make it — I’ll remember it for life (check out my AJC article, linked on my blog):

    CB (atlmalcontent)

  3. Maigh (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 7:26 am

    If anyone out there is interested in participating in caroling themselves, I found this in my inbox this morning from the Inman Park folks:

    After weeks of shopping and partying, STOP and take the time to share the holiday
    spirit by joining the annual Inman Park Christmas Caroling. Please join us on
    Thursday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. at 116 Elizabeth Street. Music, fellowship and
    refreshments – What could be more fun?!?! We’ve got the music, you bring the

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