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To hate "Christmas carollers"

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PrincessConsuelaTheSecond Wed 21-Dec-16 22:04:23

Don't get me wrong - I love the church choir carollers who spread the joy on Christmas Eve. They are brilliant.

But I absolutely hate answering the door to a pair of scroaty looking 12ish year old boys who screech out two lines of a song and then expect money. It really winds me up.

It's happened three times this week and I've had enough.

Am I just a miserable old cunt?!

notquitegrownup2 Wed 21-Dec-16 22:08:45

YABU unreasonable to hate them. YANBU not to pay them.

You could give them 2p. "Come back for the rest, when you have learned the rest of the song and found the rest of your choir! Happy Christmas!" smile

MadisonAvenue Wed 21-Dec-16 22:09:59

We haven't had carol singers for quite a number of years!

I just used to tell them no thanks, we'd just had some sing for us.

BertrandRussell Wed 21-Dec-16 22:10:26

You are unreasonable for calling them "scroaty looking".

MistressMolecules Wed 21-Dec-16 22:23:13

We had fabulous Christmas carollers last night - a massive group probably 30/40 people all singing in tune! - they converged on the street and someone went around knocking on the doors. They were from a number of local churches and weren't looking for donations - they gave Christmas goody bags containing homemade gingerbread men and chocolate coins to the children with a small book telling the Christmas story and the adult bags contained homemade biscuits and a carol song book. Was a lovely change !

PineappleExpress Wed 21-Dec-16 22:24:04

I had three lovely young girls singing at my door the other day. They sang me 4 songs, danced around a bit and did the silly extras in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer ( him names ...^like Pinocchio^)
I happily gave them some money as it really entertained me. Anyone doing less than one full song does not deserve anything

PrincessConsuelaTheSecond Wed 21-Dec-16 22:44:25

My point is why do they "deserve" anything for turning up on my doorstep unannounced and crooning at me?

Bah humbug.

PrincessConsuelaTheSecond Wed 21-Dec-16 22:45:54

Mistress your carollers sound lovely. I love those old traditions, reminds me of being a kid and going with church.

These days it's about making a quick buck hmm

PineappleExpress Wed 21-Dec-16 22:49:23

I didn't mean they do deserve anything whether they are good or bad, just that the ones that don't even try definitely don't deserve anything. If they are good/you enjoy it, then obviously it is still up to you if you do anything about it

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Dec-16 22:53:46

What about the scroaty looking 12ish year old girls who screech out two lines of a song and then expect money? There are just as many around here as boys.

I felt like a right twat the day before yesterday because I forgot what day it was.

So when they knocked on the door and started singing, I said "Oh you're too early. Come back next week!"

They sort of looked confused and sloped off and as I shut the door I realised, Christmas will be all over next week fblush

NotStoppedAllDay Wed 21-Dec-16 23:06:55

If it were 2 twelve year old girls doing the same would you call them names too?hmm

NotStoppedAllDay Wed 21-Dec-16 23:07:15

Oh x posts worra

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Dec-16 23:09:18

Mind you I'm being a hypocrite.

When I was that age, me and my friend used to start carol singing on the 1st December to get 40p so we could buy 10 Benson and Hedges fblush

<< Old gimmer alert >>

Palomb Wed 21-Dec-16 23:09:40

I had a teenage lad singing at me on my doorstep a couple of years ago. I gave him a couple of quid just for the bottle it must have taken him to do it!

PrincessConsuelaTheSecond Wed 21-Dec-16 23:12:52

If it were 2 twelve year old girls doing the same would you call them names too?

Yes. I would.

NotStoppedAllDay Wed 21-Dec-16 23:13:10

I feel so sorry for teens... and pre teen boys.... mumsnet can be vicious about them

NotStoppedAllDay Wed 21-Dec-16 23:13:32

What name would you call them then?

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Dec-16 23:14:51

Palomb, he probably literally went and bought a bottle after that fgrin

We also used to carol sing as teenagers and buy a bottle of cider fblush

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Dec-16 23:17:13

To be fair to the OP. As much as I agree many Mumsnetters do seem unreasonably sexist towards boys, a scroat is a scroat whether they're male or female.

I have no idea whether the kids involved were scroats or not.

Palomb Wed 21-Dec-16 23:18:23

Ah well I was a teenager once I'd have done the same. I'm still alive 😂

NotStoppedAllDay Wed 21-Dec-16 23:19:26

I thought it derived from 'scrotum'

What's the female slang equivalent then?

PrincessConsuelaTheSecond Wed 21-Dec-16 23:19:47

a scroat is a scroat whether they're male or female

Quite! smile

S1lentAllTheseYears Wed 21-Dec-16 23:25:50

DH refuses to part with his cash until they've sung at least one whole verse and, if feels inclined, he asks if they know anything other than "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and requests a verse of an alternative too! He's very jovial about it grin

I just want rid of them so usually shove 10p at them asap! Thankfully we don't get very many (probably word's got round about the weirdo who makes them sing extra verses!)

WorraLiberty Wed 21-Dec-16 23:26:29

I'm not sure it is derived from scrotum, although it could be I suppose?

Either way, why would you need a female equivalent?

I call females dicks if they're being a dick about something, so I'd have no problem calling them a scrotum fgrin

PodgeBod Wed 21-Dec-16 23:35:19

In all my life I've never had a caroller on my doorstep. I thought it was just something that happened in American movies confused

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