Re: Carolling and other defunct traditions?
Roger Wilco wrote:
Unfortunately where I live there's a horrible catholic tradition of sending kids out panhandling for money between new year and January 6th, dressed as the "Three Kings" or whatever the fuck it's called in English singing bad christmas songs. Thankfully, they just bother you once a year and they usually shut up soon when you don't open the door.
Do you mean the Sternsinger people? That exists in Germany, too, though it's a regional thing confined to predominantly Catholic regions, it seems. Each year, the President will meet with some of them and listen to them. According to Wikipedia, they manage to collect several tens of millions for charity each year.
"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi