Caroling for Dummies

December 22, 2015 Tori Cook

Caroling

Trying to get a last-minute group of inexperienced carolers together for the holidays? We’ve chosen the perfect package of carols with easy starting pitches and exciting group splits, plus they’re already “dummy-tested” (by us, of course). So, grab a pitch pipe, split your friends in two groups, print/hand out this blog and follow these easy instructions:

Tips for Success

  1. Every pitch director gives you is your starting note (except We Wish You a Merry Christmas). Director will lead you in every time.
  2. Watch director at the ends of every song, most likely last line of each song will be slowed down.
  3. Group 1 and 2 are split, make sure you know which group you belong to.
  4. Smile – interact with the kids if they are there!
  5. HAVE FUN!

Jingle Bells

PITCH: A

MEN ONLY: Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way

WOMEN ONLY: Bells on bob tails ring, making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing, a sleighing song tonight

EVERYONE: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh (HEY!)

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

MEN ONLY: A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride

And soon Miss Fanny Bright, was seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot

He got into a drifted bank, and we, we got upsot

EVERYONE: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride, in a one horse open sleigh

 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

PITCH: C

Everyone except on echos, group 2 only:

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer (Group 2: Reindeer Echo) had a very shiny nose.

And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer (Group 2: Reindeer Echo) used to laugh and call him names.

They never let poor Rudolph (Group 2: Rudolph Echo) join in any reindeer games.

Group 1: Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say,

Group 2: “Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, (Group 2 SHOUT YIPPEE!)

“Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history!”

 

Deck the Hall

PITCH: G

Group 1: Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Group 2: ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Everyone: Don we now our gay apparel, Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.

Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Group 1 QUIETLY: See the blazing Yule before us. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Group 2 LOUD: Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Everyone: Follow me in merry measure. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

While I tell of Yule-tide treasure. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Group 1: Fast away the old year passes. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Group 2: Hail the new year, lads and lasses. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Everyone: Sing we joyous, all together. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

heedless of the wind and weather. Slowing down: Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

 

Frosty the Snowman

PITCH: D

EVERYONE: Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say. He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day.

Softly, then grow louder: There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found.

For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around.

(loud!) O, Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be, and the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me.

 

Let It Snow

PITCH: G

EVERYONE:Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.

And since we’ve no place to go. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping, and I brought some corn for popping;

The lights are turned way down low. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night, how I’ll hate going out in the storm;

But if you really hold me tight. All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying, and, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing

But as long as you love me so. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Jingle Bell Rock

PITCH: A

EVERYONE:Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock. Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring

Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun. Now the jingle hop has begun

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock. Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time

Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square. In the frosty air.

Group 1: What a bright time, it’s the right time, to rock the night away

Group 2: Jingle bell time is a swell time, to go gliding in a one-horse sleigh

EVERYONE:Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet. Jingle around the clock.

Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet

Group 1: That’s the jingle bell

Group 2: That’s the jingle bell

EVERYONE: That’s the jingle bell rock.

Winter Wonderland

PITCH: C#

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening

A beautiful sight,we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is a new bird

He sings a love song, as we go along, walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman, then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He’ll say: Are you married? We’ll say: No man, But you can do the job when you’re in town.

Later on, we’ll conspire, as we dream by the fire. To face unafraid,the plans that we’ve made.

Walking in a winter wonderland. Walking in a winter wonderland. Walking in a winter wonderland.

 

Silver Bells

PITCH: F

Group 1: City sidewalk, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.

Group 2: Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile. And on every street corner you’ll hear:

EVERYONE: Silver bells (Group 2 Echo Silver Bells), silver bells, (Group 2 Echo Silver Bells) It’s Christmas time in the city.

Ring-a-ling (Group 2 Echo Ring-a-ling), hear them ring, (Group 2 Echo Hear them ring), soon it will be Christmas day.

Group 1: City street lights, even stop lights, blink a bright red and green, as the shoppers rush home with their treasures.

Group 2:Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch, this is Santa’s big scene. And above all this bustle you’ll hear: 

EVERYONE:Silver bells (Group 2 Echo Silver Bells), silver bells, (Group 2 Echo Silver Bells) It’s Christmas time in the city.

Ring-a-ling (Group 2 Echo Ring-a-ling), hear them ring, (Group 2 Echo Hear them ring), soon it will be Christmas day…. (slower) soon it will be Christmas day.

Up on the Housetop

PITCH: F

Up on the housetop, reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus.

Down thru’ the chimney with lots of toys, All for the little ones, Christmas joys.

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go!

Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick.

First comes the stocking of little Nell, Oh, dear Santa fill it well;

Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes.

Ho, ho, ho!Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go!

Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick.

Next comes the stocking of little Will, Oh just see what a glorious fill

Here is a hammer and lots of tacks, Also a ball and a whip that cracks.

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go!

Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick.

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

PITCH: D

You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.

He’s making a list, checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out! You better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.

You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.

He’s making a list and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out! You better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

PITCH: Blow F (Start a fifth down on C)

We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin; Glad tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year!

We all want some figgy pudding. We all want some figgy pudding. We all want some figgy pudding, so bring it right here!

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin; Glad tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year!

We won’t go until we get some. We won’t go until we get some. We won’t go until we get some. So bring it out here!

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin; Glad tidings for Christmas and a happy New Year!

We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas and a (slower) happy New Year.

 

Thanks for reading! Here’s a video from our successful and spontaneous caroling adventure – our first “En-choir” performance, if you will:

Tis the season! 🎅🏽🌲📯 Happy Holidays from @acistours and @encoretours

A video posted by ACIS Educational Tours (@acistours) on

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About the Author

Tori Cook

Having grown up in a military family, Tori traveled the world at a young age and has visited over 25 countries to date. She is the former Director of Marketing and Business Development at Encore Tours and her passion for travel is matched only by her love of music. She holds bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Theory and currently performs with Chorus pro Musica in the Boston area. She also directs the Harborlight Show Chorus, a small barbershop chorus in the North Shore.

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