Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Great Blog Caroling Songbook

Thank You For Keeping This Tradition
I enjoyed each & every one of your carols
I experienced some new & some old
I listened to beautiful arrangements

Come Caroling With Us
Songs, songs
sung by a choir of
Genealogy & Family History Angels,
Blog Caroling!

carol. French carole. Originally a song to accompany dancing,
but later, by common usage, it came to refer to old,
Christmas-season religious songs.

Caroling, also known as wassailing, actually began in medieval times as a pagan ritual. The wassail, a hot beverage usually made with hot ale or mulled cider, was a ritual honoring the apple and fruit orchards in the dead of winter. Farmers went from farm to farm pouring wassail on the roots of trees while making a lot of noise to scare off the bad spirits responsible for making the days shorter and colder. Eventually the custom of going door to door singing and drinking became a Christmas tradition. (This is one of the many versions of the story of caroling, but all agree it is rooted in pagan ritual.)

Carols were formerly sung at large Christmas feasts and family dinners, in the open air on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, and at the time of public worship in the churches on Christmas Day.

You will note as you travel around caroling that the women singers far outnumber the men. Perhaps this explains why:
In Pasquils' "Jests," an old book published in 1604, there is a story of an eccentric knight who, at a Christmas feast which he had made for a large number of his tenants and friends, ordered no man at the table to drink a drop "till he that was master over his wife should sing a carol."

After a pause one poor dreamer alone lifted his voice, the others all sitting silent and glum. Then the knight turned to the table where the women sat, and bade "her who was master over her husband" sing a carol. The story says that forthwith "the women fell all to singing, that there was never heard such a catter-walling piece of musicke."
Let The Caroling Begin!

These songs did not made it into the reader:

Bobby Gail of Hot Coffee and Cool Jazz asks, "May I join the music lovers?" Of course you may, although you didn't show up in the widget! Bobby sings "The Friendly Beast."

Singing Star Of The East is Vickie Everhart of BeNotForgot. Vickie says, " . . . and thank you, fM, for organizing and hosting this Christmas party again . . . so glad to be here! V. . . ." So glad you are as well.

Coloring Outside The Lines' (a blog name to die for & how I live my life) carol is White Christmas as only Bing Crosby could do it. Near and dear to any Washingtonians heart.

Denise Olson, Moultrie Creek, blogs while traveling and sings "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." And as she flew over I heard her exclaim, "Ho! Ho! Ho! From the (traveling) Creek. Here's my contribution to the caroling fun. Merry Christmas to all!"

Jill Ball of Geniaus says, "Here's some Aussie music for the blog caroling. A lovely collection that as Jill tells us, takes in the climate down under during Christmas.

My good friend and neighbor M. Diane Rogers said: I don't think my singing made it into the presentation, but then I'm Canadian, so perhaps I just don't fit into the widget. She sings Winter Wonderland at eicuthbertson's Book Blog. Yes, you Canadians are tough to fit into widgets.

A very special thank you to Thomas for the Google Widget that made this presentation possible. Knowing I was a bit stressed this Christmas he truly made my tradition possible.

If the widget missed you, please contact me and I will insert your post.


Blogger Alice Keesey Mecoy said...


Thanks for the great songbook. I love it. I found songs I did not know, and rediscovered those I had forgotten.

Happy Holidays, and Joyful Music

December 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Alice, I love this tradition.

A very Merry Christmas to you!


December 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger GeniAus said...

What a super collection. Thanks for leading the choir.

December 19, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

One of the best parts of Christmas is the traditions we know and love. Your blog caroling is one of the best traditions of all! Thanks, fM!

December 20, 2010 at 4:05 AM  

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