I am not sure when the annual tradition began, but for at least 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I participated in the event last year. I had fantastic time and met so many warm, friendly neighbors. If you don’t know a lot of carols by heart, don’t worry, sheet music will be provided. If you don’t sing well, don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. This year, the caroling will take place on Saturday, December 22. Meet up inside the Rosary House, 1200 Monroe St., at 6:00 PM and be prepared to hit the streets of Brookland, caroling as you go. Last year we began by singing to the firemen at Brookland’s Engine Company 17 Firehouse, and then went down 12th street and sang in a few businesses. We then carolled around the neighborhood, mostly on Newton St. I understand that the route will be roughly the same this year. It was great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as we passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. The caroling will end up with a pot luck party at a home near 15th and Otis streets. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. For more information, contact John Feeley at 202 526 8754.