On Saturday, December 18, a jolly group of volunteers travelled to three different senior apartment buildings to serenade residents with Christmas Carols while they ate breakfast. The troop of 30-something songsters belted out classics like Jingle Bells, White Christmas, and Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree to seniors living in the Flannery, Lakeview, and Lidia Pucinska buildings.  The residents really seemed to enjoy the carols, and many joined in the festivities, singing and clapping along with the volunteers. We even had a group of kids appear – seemingly out of nowhere, like little Christmas ninjas – to add to our choir at the building in Lakeview.

Seeing the amount of happiness elicited by these songs, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to organize a group of carolers to celebrate some of our world’s more obscure holidays. Wouldn’t it just make your morning if, as you’re trudging wearily to your “L” stop, you hear a group of adults singing joyously “Cornelius Swarthout is Comin’ to Town” in honor of International Waffle Day (March 25)? I know that would perk me right up – waffles are delicious! A few other holidays possibly worth intoning:

World Sauntering Day (a personal favorite): June 19

Bad Poetry Day (Most poetry is bad, what should we do? We’ll make our carols rhyme, because yes, we’re that cool): August 18

Bald and Free Day: October 14 (or possibly October 7, depending on who you talk to)

I’ll get started on trying to convince my bosses that caroling to raise awareness of and appreciation for waffles – and so many of life’s other strange little joys – is a worthwhile use of my workday. In the meantime, I need you all to post suggestions for other holidays you would like to see added to the Chicago Cares Caroling Calendar (+5 for alliteration).

At the very least, I hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings. Happy Holidays everyone!

Contributed by: Kyle Mahoney, Human Services Program Coordinator

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