Some with a thermos of coffee in hand, some looking like they just came in from out of doors.
They all stood together and burst into song, singing Santa Clause Is Coming to Town.
All in perfect, beautiful harmony.
I rushed Adrian over for a closer look and noted the audience growing quickly. Some holding up video cameras, some taking pictures.
But everyone, everyone was smiling.
The Christmas spirit was alive and well in the Food Court of Burlington Mall.
We all clapped in thanks, our souls buoyed with Christmas joy.
After they finished they simply dispersed amongst the mall crowd, chatting amongst themselves, perhaps moving onto their Christmas shopping.
Just like the singing never happened.
It was cool. Kind of like those You Tube videos where you see of hundreds of people coming together to dance in perfect choreography, completely out of the blue. Only that's way cooler of-course.
It got me thinking.
What about carolling?
We see it in the movies, we read about it books, there are Christmas cards and decorations with images of children and adults alike, carolling.
But does it actually still happen in this world?
Did it ever?
Quite honestly I'm not sure how I would feel if I opened up my front door on a cold winter's night to find random strangers staring at me, belting out Jingle Bells.
Would I have a goofy frozen smile plastered on my face for the entire time - that's a LOT of smiling to do and cheeks start to hurt after a while - but I would feel terrible if I didn't.
What if they were really bad singers? Like cats mating in the night bad? How does one smile through that?
What about after they're done singing their sweet blessed hearts out? Does one then invite them in from the cold for cookies and milk? I would feel obligated - and maybe a bit put out if they didn't come on in. It's not like I look like some sketchy, dangerous character and - I do, after all, make a darn delicious cookie.
Or does one just bid a "Thank you and Merry Christmas!" with a smile and close the door (gently) in their faces?
Is tipping required? This is the millenium where tipping seems to be a requirement for pretty much everything....(another reason moving to Europe is looking ever so desirable).
And, my husband is
Is it weird that I think of these things? I can't be the only one that wonders if Christmas carolling ever really existed.