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 Christmas songs.
And now, on with the show: Preface to The History.
The Hymns and Carols of Christmas
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