It’s (almost) that most won-der-ful time of the year.
Yes, Christmas carol season is just over the meadow (and through the woods).
You might love ‘em. Or hate ‘em.
But you probably never thought Christmas carols would get you in the Guinness Book of World Records.
On Wednesday, December 12 (7 p.m., Compo Beach), a “One Voice” fundraising project organized by the Unitarian Church will attempt to set a record for “the most number of people singing Christmas carols at the same time, door to door.”
Over 250 people are needed to follow a “predetermined, non-strenuous” ½-mile route.
But don’t just think you can show up, dash off a “fa-la-la-la-la” or 2 and slink off. An official Guinness representative will be on hand “to adjudicate and, if successful, declare the new record.”
And plan ahead: Participants must register online no later than December 10. Entrance fees are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old.
The money benefits the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, which supports the arts in underfunded elementary schools across America. Lily, Sarah and Grace are the 3 young sisters who lost their lives last Christmas Day, when their Stamford home burned to the ground on December 25, 2011.
“Caroling and world records have much in common,” says Jim Keenan, event director and representative of the sponsoring Westport Unitarian Church.
“Most people have never done either, but would secretly like the chance to try. This fun event became something profound when we decided to raise funds for the Lily Sarah Grace Fund. We love the concept of coming together as one, especially now given all so many have gone through recently.”
Erik Paul, Weston High music director and “One Voice” carol leaders, adds, “Everyone who likes to sing is welcome, but school music programs, church choirs and area glee clubs are especially encouraged to join us. It’s going to be a great night.”
Sounds like fun. Unless, of course, they start to sing that gruesome song about the little kid and his Christmas shoes.