Well I suppose it is a bit early for Christmas but this is a general thought following on from another thread. It seems that many bands these days don't want to trudge around the houses playing under a street light on a cold December evening and see such carol playing as a chore regardless of whether or not the band needs the extra funds. Personally I find carol playing around the streets each year to be an important social event in the community although I know bandsmen who feel they are above playing on the streets and even use the excuse that it is a form of begging. Although undoubtedly the atmosphere has changed in modern times as more and more people seem to be grumpy and get upset that the collector ringing the doorbell has interrupted their viewing of Coronation Street or whatever, the vast majority of the public, and especially those with children, look forward to the local brass band playing Christmas carols each year and many feel that it isn't Christmas without the band. Shopping centres of course are a different matter, but I wonder how many bands are playing less around the houses these days.