Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 359: Went Christmas Caroling


My singing voice is not very good, although that hasn't kept me from belting out tunes my entire life.  Whether it was making my own recording of "I Swear" by All 4 One while at Six Flags or my friends and I serenading women at Ohio State, I have never been one to shy away from the opportunity to sing.  Now since it is the holidays, I figured that I could put my golden pipes to good use for a holiday themed random act of kindness.  Although it is still weird being in California for Christmas (who in the hell has crab for Christmas dinner?), I figured I could suit up in my holiday best and go door-to-door here in Santa Cruz and sing Christmas carols.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I'm going Christmas caroling along with my wife and other family members to houses in my mother-in-law's neighborhood.  I'm probably going to stick to the easy classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells.  UPDATE:  We had so much fun caroling.  One family tried to give us $10.  Another invited us in to their Christmas party.  I think this needs to be a new family Garcia family tradition. While we are on the subject, here are the list of the 5 greatest Christmas songs ever:
  1. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
  2. Blue Christmas by Elvis
  3. I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas by The Drifters (think Home Alone)
  4. Christmas In Hollis by Run D.M.C.
  5. Let It Snow by Bing Crosby
While I am on the subject of top lists, here are the 5 greatest Christmas movies ever:
  1. Christmas Vacation and Die Hard (tie)
  2. Everything else
On a sad note, I want to take this space to mention the loss of a friend of 366 Random Acts.  Back on Day 8, my random act was to tell a joke for Miles Austrevich.  Miles was suffering from brain cancer and his dad, Len, was trying to get 5,000 people to tell his son a joke to help battle cancer with humor.  For 4 years, Miles faced a horrible disease but never lost his sense of humor or the smile on his face.  Yesterday afternoon, Miles passed away surrounded by friends and family.  His dad wrote this touching letter for everyone to read.  Miles leaves behind the legacy of Jokes4Miles, and now those jokes will be passed on to other children during some of their toughest time.  Take care Miles and thank you for being an inspiration to me and my family.

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