Nice bit of reporting on a neighborhood that is reviving its tradition of Christmas carolling. I like the idea of that the organizers were looking for a “way to get people out of their homes and into the street.” Carolling brings back sense of community.

Our community ties tend to break down this time of year in a tourist area like the Berkshires – Great Barrington is swarming with visitors and second-home owners, and of course many people who live here travel to be with family elsewhere. Shopping becomes a particular ordeal: Rachel and I divided the worst of it, the trips we needed to make to Rubiner’s and the Guido’s meat counter.