According to research by Anchor it is Silent Night, which took a third of the votes in its recent poll, followed by We Wish You a Merry Christmas (21 per cent), O Come All Ye Faithful (14 per cent), and O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark the Herald Angels Sing (12 per cent each.
Carols are such a centrepiece of the festive season that they outshine many other festive activities. People are twice as likely to be looking forward to singing or listening to festive songs and carols than seeing a pantomime. Only putting up or decorating the Christmas tree is a better way to put people in the festive mood.
To share the Christmas joy this year, Anchor has published downloadable lyric sheets as part of a #CarollingAtChristmas campaign.
The provider recently hosted a virtual singalong for residents, colleagues and loved ones, including a recital from Anchor’s Together Choir – which brings together residents and colleagues from across the country – and special guests Thames Ditton Junior School in Surrey.