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Are all Christmas carols carols?

The word carol comes from the old French word carole, a circle dance accompanied by singers. Carols were very popular as dance songs during the 12 through 14th centuries, after which their use expanded as songs sung during festivals.  Because they are … Continue reading

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Wassup With Wassailing?

As traditional and familiar as most any English Christmas carol, the song is among the season’s more anachronistic, an evocation of a holiday custom that pretty much puzzles modern celebrants: wassailing. Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; … Continue reading

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Mideival & Renaissance Christmas

Noel [noh-el] – noun – a Christmas song or carol We are all very familiar with The First Noel but have you ever wondered what came after that? The first specifically Christmas hymns that we know of appear in fourth … Continue reading

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