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When the carol singers come calling...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    In these days when consumer choice is supposed to be king, why should we be expected to give money to kids who only know the words of "We wish you a merry Christmas"?

    Has the idiom of "He who pays the piper calls the tune" been forgotten?

    I propose that from now on, carol singers should only do requests and if they don't know the words to the requested carols, they be sent away with a flea in their ear and an opportunity to come back for their penny once they've expanded their repertoire.

    Who agrees with me?
    lindenlea and ScotSEN like this.
  2. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    We don't get any round here. I'm thinking to make a few bob myself going round knocking on doors and singing a few choice verses.
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  3. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I wish you the very best of luck, Lascarina. Might I ask what would be in your repertoire and whether you'd accompany yourself with the washboard or spoons?
    ScotSEN likes this.
  4. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Unless they look something like this they get nothing.
    kibosh and ScotSEN like this.
  5. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Other than organised charity collections by churches, I can't remember the last time we had carol singers around here. Now I think about it, I don't think we ever have, in 35 years.
  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Rotary comes round every year with a van and piped Christmas music while the Rotarians call at the houses.

    I generally tell them to rotate - I have other charities I support.
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  7. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Groan - I'm singing in a local shopping centre on Saturday lunchtime. I don't want to. I thought my days of singing in shopping centres were behind me but the local radio has asked all the local choirs to do a slot up to Christmas and a few of our lot were keen so I heard myself saying OK. Uurrrrghhh!
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  8. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    We had a similar thing at our previous residence - we called it the Christmas Bus. We used to hide and not answer the door. You could hear it coming from miles away.
  9. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    We have a carol singing get together, with the local choir, mince pies and mulled wine. Another chance to get to know the new neighbours and no one needs to drive.
  10. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    My first school, long ago, used to load a piano on a lorry and take a small choir round locally to do some carol singing. Great fun, some money raised for charity, a bit of good PR too.

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