Caroling is a Christmas tradition which consists of a group of people going from house to house singing Christmas carols to spread holiday spirit. In the Philippines, it usually begins at the start of Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo on December 16.
Children enjoy singing their favorite Christmas songs like Sa May Bahay ang Aming Bati, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, Pasko Na Naman, Jingle Bells, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas with the accompaniment of their handmade instruments, such as tambourines made from bottle tops and drums made out of tin cans. They usually expect a handout of coins, and if you give generously enough they will sing you another song.
Not only children go caroling. Some groups also organize caroling sessions to raise funds. Friends also do this for fun and merrymaking. However, unlike children, adult groups usually hand out letters first to let the homeowners know what time to expect them. Some even have costumes and musical instruments and homeowners let them in and provide snacks for them.
Christmas carols really make the yuletide season livelier and more spirited. They remind the people that Christmas is giving and sharing.