When you see carlors coming to your house, what you do need to do?

@taomoney (649)
Hong Kong
December 17, 2011 9:16pm CST
I am in Hong Kong. Only see from movie to know that carlors will go in front of the door. Then, what do people inside the house need to do ? Do they need to pay? I know in halloween, need to give candies. How about in Christmas? thank you!
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
18 Dec 11
You don't need to do anything but enjoy the singing. Open the door and offer something hot to drink if you have it. Thank them and tell them Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or something like that. That's it. Caroling isn't nearly as common as it used to be, and that's a shame. It's fun to do and fun to have carolers come.
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
18 Dec 11
open the door, that mean you will invite them go inside you house? how long will they stay, for one song? Is the caroling people live near you? That all know each other ? Thank you!
@peavey (16866)
• United States
18 Dec 11
No, you don't have to invite them in. If it's someone you know, you might want to, but don't have to even then. They'll usually move along after one song. Yes, they all know each other usually. It's just a group of people who get together and walk around to different houses and sing carols. Today, they often drive to different neighborhoods then get out and walk. They can live nearby or not. It can be done in a lot of ways. We went caroling a few years ago in an old hay wagon. There were about 20 of us and my brother in law drove a truck pulling the wagon. It was a lot of fun and a lot of people came out to wave at us but we only stopped at one place where we knew the people. Another time, we went caroling in a small town near where we lived. It was a town sponsored caroling and we walked down the streets and around a few blocks then headed to a church. That was fun, too.
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
19 Dec 11
Thank you very much for the information. Old Hay Wagon! That must increase lots of festival mood. I will come out to wave to you if you come with a wagon. If it pulling by a real horse, i will scream!
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
19 Dec 11
I think it is not really a must but just out of appreciation or gratitude that we pay the carlers. I always pay anyone who sings at my huse, althugh it depends on hw well or seriously they sing.. I just pay coins though.
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
20 Dec 11
Then what do they do with those coins?!
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
Mostly carolers in our place are young boys and girls. They do sing Christmas songs usually done around 6 to 8 pm. Usually these young boys/girls will count their gifts which mostly are 5 to 10 peso coins and divide it equally to all members of the carolers. If they have earned enough they can buy clothes for themselves. Carolers are common in our place during Christmas season and is a yearly tradition.
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
20 Dec 11
Is see, we have similar tradition in Chinese New Year. Then, may i know if the boys and girls prefer coins or ... cookies and hot drinks ?
• United States
18 Dec 11
I believe the tradition is that you have cookies and hot cocoa to give to the carolers, this shows that you appreciate the holiday joy that they are bringing to your house.
@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
18 Dec 11
then, they need to have a lot of cocoa for that night? I can imagine that is full of joy!
• United States
18 Dec 11
LOL. Yes I would imagine you would need a lot, but it's a nice gesture to help keep them warm.
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
18 Dec 11
Thank you! But why only hot chocolate but not coffee?
• United States
18 Dec 11
Ah, the Christmas lights are so pretty in Hong Kong. As for carolers, I think that you are supposed to give a little money or even food (chocolate, candy or candy canes) would be good. Or else it would just be nice to say thank you for the Christmas joy. I've only seen caroling on TV but but I think this is about right.
@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
19 Dec 11
Yes, i believe the Lights are pretty. However, i never to go watch them as too many people on the street! Is most of them are children or no age limit?
• United States
18 Dec 11
Open the door and listen to them sing. If they are collecting money for charity offer them money. I remember one year when I was 11 I joined a group of carolers who were collecting money for a local orphanage to help them have a Merry Christmas. We also were offered hot chocolate and cookies.
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
18 Dec 11
i see, why hot chocolate but not coffee? And is only little kid will be caroler?
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
18 Dec 11
Hi taomoney, Its called Carolling...There are people who just get together and go around the neighborhood singing Christmas Carol...It just a way for people to spread joy during then season...Tis the season you know...But you don't have to do anything just take in the the carols and enjoy...Smile and say thank you...show that you are grateful they took then time to stop my your home...Thats just one mylotters explantation!!!!!! Enjoy your holiday and be safe.....
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@taomoney (649)
• Hong Kong
18 Dec 11
thank you for correcting me. Carolling :) Do they sing outside you house or they will walk into you house? Or you need to open the door for them to stop by? Thank you!