After the venues and caroling gears, what is caroling without the famous Christmas playlist?
As to how many songs your group must sing really depends on the owners of the house where you are currently showcasing your wonderful voices, customized musical instruments and most of all, your prepared playlist.
So what are the common songs we would often hear?
“Whenever I see boys and girls selling lanterns on the street…”
Back when I was a kid (just some few years ago), with my playmates in Paranaque, that used to be our signature song – “Christmas in our Hearts.” And even before we reach the fifth stanza of the song, the simple joy’s being handed over already – our Aguinaldos (Aguinaldo is the Christmas Caroling reward – usually in the form of money) plus some candies, Simple joys! And after receiving these simple joys, of course there’s our thank you song..
“We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
With my playmates in my grandmother’s place, we used to have a different set of songs:
“Sa may bahay ang aming bati, Merry Christmas na maluwalhati…” (To the houseowner our greeting is a glorious Merry Christmas!)
“Tuwing sasapit ang pasko, bumibili ang nanay ko..” (Whenever Christmas comes, my mom buys….)
And after receiving our reward, we would sing: Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo (you are all so kind), thank you!
Reality bites…the most painful thing to happen during a caroling?
That while you’re singing such feel good Christmas songs, with all your enthusiasm, someone from that house suddenly shouts – PATAWAD! (Sorry).
So how does Filipino kids make fun of such a disappointing reply? Louder than the way they sounded earlier, they would sing:
“Thank you thank you, ang babarat ninyo (you are all stingy), thank you!”
It sounds bad and mean I know, but if you were a kid, that’s only a way of making fun after a rejection.
And then the kids move on, with hopes that the next house they are about to share they’re wonderful songs wont be as hard as the earlier one. That whenever they stand in front of each Filipino home to share their wonderful Christmas songs, they’d be rewarded, not because they’re really good in singing and their songs were superb, but because it’s Christmas, and it’s enough reason for the owner of the house to share a little of anything for these dedicated carolers.
The Filipinos’ Christmas Caroling! (Playlist) – one simple joy of being a Filipino.