Serenading is an old S'martin tradition.
Musicians and singers would go serenading from late October until a few days after Christmas. They would go from house to house, usually after 8 pm, not to interfere with the family's supper.
Serenaders would stay out until 2 AM, during the weekdays and on weekends, they could be heard as late as 4 AM.
Families would open their doors and offer drinks and eats and sometimes money to the serenaders.
Some people would be upset, if you serenaded the neighbors and didnt serenade them.

Some of the instruments used by serenaders were;

Guitars             Tres                         Bathpan             Guiro             Maracas                 Tambora

Another 'instrument' was the Bottle Head.
The bottle head was made of the heads of two broken bottles, with a piece of thin plastic between them.
One would blow into it and the resonance would create a sound. It was used as a wind instrument.
The thinner the plastic, the higher the sound.

Some singers would get together as a group and serenade singing Christmas Carols, sometimes Acapella and sometimes with musical accompaniment.

Lately, people don't serenade as in the old days. The influx of foreigners, who don't appreciate that aspect of our culture, has caused it to be stopped.
I do blame us, the S'martiners, for not continuing the tradition. We have let ourselves be bullied into a corner.

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