GO CAROL SINGING
Wrapped up in woolly hats and winter coats, bearing lanterns and good cheer, Christmas carollers have been a sight in villages and towns for centuries. The tradition of singers travelling from door to door is said to have started in the Middle Ages, when rowdy warblers were banned from singing in churches. Inextricably linked to wassailing – when the wealthy would give treats, such as ‘figgy pudding’, to the poor singing on their doorstep – modern-day choirs tend to be less avaricious and their collections generally go to charity rather than towards furnishing their Christmas table. For more information about the benefits of carol singing, see Health Notes.