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.
Cindy Scherwinski of In My Life
, carols Enya singing Silent Night
Karen Krugman of Genealogy Frame Of Mind
says "Got the eggnog and my sweetie as we blog carol to "All I Want For Christmas Is You
," by Vince Vance & the Valiants.
Bill West, West in New England
, Hi fM! Here's my now traditional "I Saw Three Ships."
Joan of Roots'N'Leaves
says - Merry, merry, to fM, Here is my all time favorite "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
FM, I love this fun event! Dorene from Ohio blog carols Away in a Manger
at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay
Got a box of tissues? Here's mine - Michelle Robillard, Call Me-shell
, "Adeste Fideles
" Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
In the 1960s, we sang Star of the East
in the annual Christmas pageant put on by the local schools . . . those were the days!
. . . here's wishing a Merry Christmas
to you and yours . . . from BeNotForgot
aka Vickie E. . . .
I chose my favorite holiday song, "Little Drummer Boy
." I found a video with one of my favorite voices and animation that is also one of my favs. Thanks fM, for a wonderful meme at the holidays. Carol, Reflections From the Fence
Jo of Those Who Went Before
carols - So many favorites but I have chosen Carol of the Bells
; an instrumental version by pianist George Winston. Looking forward to all the favorites.
Denise Spurlock, Reflecting on Genealogy
says My favorite: What Child Is This
? Happy holidays!
Deborah Andrew of The Sum Of All My Research
made me laugh. You'll see why. Deb, if you can sing it, go for it. She said, "Ok, so I was so excited to participate. Made the post. Posted it. Then realized that you really couldn't go caroling with the song. It's more just my favorite Christmas Song. :( But thought I would still let you know that I participated...sort of. Anyway, I picked "You're a mean one Mr Grinch
." Maybe before the 14th I can come up with a real
caroling song and do a post about that.....I'll have to let you know. Chalk it up to too much eggnog. :P"
Gini of Ginisology
tells us, "I picked both mine and my mom's favorite, Silent Night, in German, Stille Nacht
. Had to have the tissues ready as I posted this one. Merry Christmas to you all . . . ."
Thank you fM for continuing this wonderful holiday tradition! I am pleased to offer two pieces this year, one on each of my blogs, 'On a flesh and bone foundation
': An Irish History - A traditional Irish carol, 'The Wexford Carol
' and 'Over thy dead bod
y':The Cemetery Blog - 'Angels We Have Heard On High
'. All the best to you and yours this holiday season! Jennifer
Apple of Apple's Tree
tells us, "It wasn't hard to pick a carol this year. I'll Be Home for Christmas."
Caroline Pointer, of Family Stories
says, "Okay, here's this year's selection. Drink up! ;) Caroling with Grandma
. Lookout for that reindeer.
Terri O'Connell of Finding Our Ancestors
carols Silent Night
and tells us "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!"
Lisa of 1 Ancestry 2 Little Time
says, "This is terrific! My fave is "O Holy Night
" especially when performed by Josh Groban. Thanks for this blogging fun!"
Mary from Me and My Ancestors
picked another carol from the Fogotten Carols. Let Him In
. Have a Merry & Blessed Christmas!
Jacqi Stevens of A Family Tapestry
says, "Thank you, fM, for this splendid opportunity! I wasn't sure I'd be able to participate, as I'm in the middle of a series on WWII letters home from my father-in-law that I won't complete until after Christmas. But then it hit me: amidst the palm trees in the south Pacific...what better choice than to insert the original intro to "White Christmas
"?! And so, I can be part of the party, after all! Enjoy! And have a wonderful Christmas, no matter where you are stationed this December 25!
Leslie Brinkley Lawson of Genealogy and Other Thoughts
says she can't pick just one. Perhaps, but she sure can pick her men. Go listen here
I'm joining the choir! Nancy of My Ancestors and Me
carols "The Sussex Carol
." Thank you so much for hosting, footnoteMaven. Nancy, the tag is fine.
Jacqueline Foster says, "Thanks FM, caroling in you jammies, great idea. My favorite carol is "Here Comes Santa Claus
". Posted on my blog at My Journey Back
Denise Olson of the Moultrie Creek Gazette
says "This year I'm singing Silent Night with Bob Hope and the three generations of troops he entertained at Christmas. Silent Night with Bob Hope
Wendy tells us "I'm singing "Mary Did You Know
?" so join me at Jollett, etc
Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family
carols I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy
carols "The Holly and the Ivy
."The Road Backwards
' Karen carols "Ding Dong Merrily On High!"
Greta Koehl of Greta's Genealogy Bog
carols "Heaven and Earth
Dawn Westfall of Wisteria
loves to carol in all forms :) and joins Blog Caroling with O Holy Night
Linda McCauley invites us to The Temptations singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at Documenting the Details
Denise Levenick, The Family Curator
, says, "It's still Silent Night
! Happy Christmas, Merry Holidays.
Nancy of Gathering Stories
tells us it's, "Not a traditional carol but a gorgeous Christmas song nonetheless- Rose of Bethlehem
Shelley Bishop is chiming in with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
" at A Sense of Family
(and there's also a bonus, just to add to the fun). I loved it!!!It's All Relative's
Laura Aanenson gives us her kinda silly entry, a special Twelve Days
Whitney Houston's Joy to the World
comes to us from Linda Rudd of Between the Gateposts
Liv of Claiming Kin
says, "Thanks so much for this opportunity to participate and add my favorite Christmas carol - What Child is This?
- to this year's event!
Jasia, our Creative Gene
tells us, "My latest favorite Christmas carol is "Let It Snow
" by the cast of Glee! Come sing along with me!
Ready to go caroling! Dang, I'm out of eggnog! Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here
carolsI Want A Hippopotamus For Christmus
Merry Christmas to you, dear footnoteMaven! I couldn't miss out on this year's caroling. "O Holy Night" is my favorite, and I've shared it over at 100 Years in America
. Visit Lighting the Way for the Christ Child
to read about my childhood Christmas Eves and how my family and I celebrated the holiest night of the year.Angela Y. Walton carols "Mary Had a Baby at My Ancestor's Name
. Sorry Angela, didn't get your comment.
Sarah Greenleaf of My Mouse Is Broken
carols "Mary Did You Know
" and tells us that she loves seeing what everyone chooses.
Craig Manson, carols O Little Town of Bethlehem
, posted at GeneaBlogie
Anglers Rest is blog caroling Carol of the Bells
at Anglers Rest
And my own, Good Bloggers All This Christmas Time - The Wexford Carol
Thank You For Keeping This Tradition
I enjoyed each & every one of your carols
I experienced some new & some old
(Bloggers that is)
I listened to each beautiful arrangement