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In some towns, the sound of Christmas carols being sung on your doorstep during the holiday season is commonplace. Typically, however, it’s not a tradition that Los Alamos residents engage in, unless of course, they are part of the congregation of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
For the past three years, Youth Director Jennifer Griffin has led a group of about 15-20 teens in the caroling event that’s become known as “ambush” caroling. Members of TOTH congregation pay a donation of $10 (or sometimes more, if they feel like being generous) to have their friends and neighbors serenaded by Christmas carolers. Scrooges and those who will be out of town can also pay $10 or more, for “insurance,” that will ensure that the carolers take their cheer to other homes.
“It started as a fundraiser to earn money, but it’s also a way to encourage community service and have fun,” Griffin said. She said she conceived the idea of door-to-door caroling in Los Alamos from her experience growing up in Las Cruces, where she said door-to-door caroling was a common practice.
When she took over as youth pastor at TOTH, the group was looking for a way to raise funds and she wanted to share the joy of caroling with Los Alamos residents, so she formed the ambush-caroling group.
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