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December 14th, 2008

04:54 pm - Fa la la la la, La la la la

caroling at al's

I'll be otherwise occupied during this year's caroling mob and messiah, so I almost missed all my chrifsmas singing opportunities. Fortunately, the sommerville community chorus organized a singing tour of the local lighted houses. I got my halls decked and my ancient yuletide carols sufficiently trolled. But the event was disorganized, lacking in harmony, and spent a lot of time singing at empty houses. It takes something like this to realize just how well-run the JP caroling mob really is. At least we got a 4-part carol of the bells running during the hot cider reception afterward.

Photo of local legend Al J, who decks his halls, yard, and even the tree on his front lawn. This light display extends illegally far into the street, so the cops have to tell him to rein in the lights to his property line every year. It smacks of a ritual of its own, but I'm glad we got to see the display before it was forcibly downscaled.


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