It is believed Christmas Caroling began when Christmas was established to be celebrated on December 25th.
St. Francis of Assisi created a nativity scene outside his church and translated Christmas carols from Latin into languages spoken by the average person. He encouraged them to sing the songs to express their joy during the Christmas season.
The practice spread to nativity scenes throughout Europe during the holiday season. Christmas Carolers began to walk through the streets singing, to bring the festive music to people who could not attend the nativity scenes.
The popularity of Caroling declined with the advent of radio and record players that allowed people to listen to music. However, the tradition is still practiced by many today as they sing the popular Christmas Carols we all know and love, at nativity scenes, Christmas gatherings and going door to door to spread Christmas cheer.