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Here are some spirited ideas for a singing soiree from Sally Ryder Brady, author of A Yankee Christmas: Feasts, Treats, Crafts, and Traditions of Wintertime New England. Create a choir: A dozen kids and adults is the optimum singing-group size for giving the songs adequate volume when caroling outdoors. Aim to have a […]
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Words and music by James Pierpont Though, for most of us, “Jingle Bells” has come to be practically synonymous with Christmas, James Pierpont wrote it in 1857 for a Thanksgiving program at the large Boston church where he taught Sunday school. He titled his song “The One-Horse Open Sleigh” and made the rhythm so […]
Words by Edmund Hamilton Sears Music by Richard Storrs Willis Oliver Wendell Holmes once declared this hymn to be “one of the finest and most beautiful ever written.” Sears, a retiring young Unitarian minister from Massachusetts, was dismayed by such public praise, saying he preferred to lead a quiet life in some half-forgotten parish. […]
Traditional “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” is one of the carols that was sung by the waits, those municipal watchmen in old England who, like the town criers, were licensed to perform certain duties, such as singing seasonal songs, including those of Christmas, to the proper people. It was first published in 1827 as […]
Traditional Many years ago, shepherds tending their flocks in the wintry hills of southern France had a custom of calling to one another on Christmas Eve, each from his own peak, singing “Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria in excelsis Deo,” just as the angels might have first announced the birth of Christ. The traditional […]
Traditional In the days of Merrie Olde England, a good part of life went on to the sound of music. Rich merchants hired bands to accompany them on strolls; peddlers enhanced their sales pitches with song; and a municipal chorus of singers, called waits, were licensed to sing out the hours of day or […]
(Adeste Fideles) English words by Frederick Oakeley, Latin words attributed to John Francis Wade, music by John Reading John Francis Wade was an 18th-century British exile who moved to a Roman Catholic community in France, where he eked out an income by copying and selling music and by giving music lessons to children. Perhaps […]
Traditional The Christmas song telling the story of “The First Noël” (“Noël” is the French word for Christmas and stems from the Latin natalis, meaning “birthday”) is thought to date from as early as the 13th or 14th century, when the Miracle Plays, dramatizations of favorite Bible stories for special holidays, were popular. The […]