A History of Christmas Hymns and Carols
I've decided to reinstate this
section of the site ... with all it's warts and deficiencies in the usage of
commas ... for the simple reason that I've recently run across some truly
dreadful "histories" of Christmas carols. Without providing any links (I
never publically rebuke others), these "histories" contained information
that was in no case even remotely accurate. Thus, with its drawbacks and
lack of recent research, this history is still significantly better than
what I've seen, and will at least allow the reader to have an accurate
starting point in his or her researches into the history of Christmas hymns
There are probably some broken
links in here; I'll get those repaired as quickly as I can.
The history of Christmas hymns goes back much
further than the history of Christmas carols.
Christmas hymn. Typically a religious song, most
frequently heard in a Church or in the context of a religious Christmas play or
presentation. Christmas hymns have been dated to the 4th century.
Christmas carol. Typically a song that celebrates
the Christmas season in a joyous manner, originally accompanied by dance. The
carol, as an art form, arose about the 13th century.
Today, Christmas carols include many types of
And now, on with the show:
Preface to The History.
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