Monday, December 24, 2012

'Twas The Night Before GeneaChristmas

Another tradition! A version of "Twas The Night Before" has been posted on footnoteMaven every year since December 24, 2007. The only changes have been to include advances in technology and now, social media. So as you wait for Santa, please enjoy!

Twas the night before GeneaChristmas and from coast to coast,
every GeneaBlogger had penned their last post.

Had told Christmas stories both merry and bright
while blog caroling old favorites on YouTube all night.

There’d been last minute Tweets, facebooking and song.
We’d shared Christmas memories, all played along.

Nothing’s left for us now but to track Old St. Nick;
New Jersey, Missouri, Seattle, he’s quick.

Before this night’s over his reindeer’ll alight
on the roof tops of GeneaBloggers to right

The wrongs of the census, transcription, and fire;
to give each of us our one true heart’s desire.

Please, one missing ancestor, one smashed brick wall,
then dash away, dash away, dash away all.

I’ve not been naughty, I've tried hard to be nice.
Collecting old photos my one proven vice.

Reward me dear Santa I’ll promise you this;
the year 2013 will be one not to miss!

And I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the footnoteMaven to the Bloggers all
Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing thru the web, Bloggers all
Do you hear what I hear?

A song, a song
With a Christmas Ring
Why it must be Blog Caroling
Why it must be Blog Caroling

Come Blog 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 Blog Caroling Begin!  
Select the name of the Blog to view the carol.
Gini of Ginisology sings Stille Nacht - "I was a tad bit early but in the Blog Caroling spirit for sure and singing right along with you." There is no such thing as too early for caroling my friend.

Fran Ellsworth of Branching Out Through The Years loves Christmas Carols so, she has a new favorite every year. This time she blog carols  "O Little Town of Bethlehem." You're my kind of woman and thank you for your support.
Cheri Hudson Passey - Carolina Girl Genealogy is singing Breath of Heaven. "Excited to join in with the Blog Caroling!" Excited to hear you.
Ol' Myrt - DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog is caroling Andrea Bocelli's "White Christmas." Wishing everyone a happy Christmas! With or without snow, it is all about being with your loved ones. Amen my dear friend.
Lorine Massey of the Olive Tree Genealogy website (and an old friend) joins us with The Huron Carol in a beautiful video. So glad to hear from you. In this post select the carol.
Pam Carter - My Maine Ancestry singing "Away in a Manger." Merry Christmas everyone! Merry Christmas to you, Pam. And yes, a healthy New Year, please.
Denise Olson - Moultrie Journal. Find out how 'Fly Me to the Moon' has become a treasured Christmas song at our house. There's a moose involved. Merry Christmas! Count on Denise for a great story to carol!
Heather Wilkinson Rojo - Nutfield Genealogy caroling O Little Town of Bethlehem, "written by a Boston minister, and a distant cousin. Enjoy!" Love the family connection, Heather.
Denise Spurlock who is Reflecting on Genealogy said... Merry Christmas to all while caroling Carol of Bells. Absolutely beautiful, Denise.
Susan Clark - Nolichucky Roots sings The Carol of the Bells. "My carol this year is a blend of Ukrainian and English traditions ~ a true reflection of my roots. Merry Christmas!"  It is a joy to have caroling with us.
Mariann Regan of Into The Briar Patch (love the name) asks us to - "Listen to a male trio called "The Priests" sing the carol "In the Bleak Midwinter," with words composed by Christina Rossetti in 1872. Less than 4 minutes. My husband and I have loved this simple, spare, pure song ever since we learned it as members of the Westport Madrigal Singers in the 1970s." Would love to hear you sing.
Carol - Reflections From the Fence carols Little Drummer Boy (a repost from last year, still my fav!) Still my fav - Carol and the Boy.
Andrea Kelleher of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey blog carols O' Holy Night. A tradition all on its own. Thank you!
Linda Herrick Swisher is caroling O Come All Ye Faithful at Round Tuit Genealogy. A personal favorite.
Jennifer wishes us Happy Christmas to all! "Here are my offerings, reposts from last year, but still my most loved Christmas carols. The Wexford Carol ‘On a flesh and bone foundation’: An Irish History. Angels We Have Heard On High at ‘Over thy dead body’: The Cemetery Blog." You carol better than ever!
Debra Newton-Carter tells us "Here it is...on the verge of a offering to Blog Caroling: The Coventry Carol. Complete with two videos, lyrics and a brief history. Hope you'll stop by to In Black and White: Cross-Cultural Genealogy."We'll all be there to enjoy! Thank you!
Shelley Bishop blog caroling at A Sense of Family says "Thanks for hosting this again this year, footnoteMaven! I'm sharing a favorite from my childhood, "Let It Snow!" by the Ray Conniff Singers." You are most welcome, and it's snowing here. Oh, you should share that iTunes Christmas list. 74?
Amanda Pape (the librarian) - ABT UNK - Carols For unto us a Child is born (from Handel's Messiah). Also, read about how Amanda sang this 25 years ago. Incomparable, why thank you!
Linda McCauley of Documenting the Details blog carols "Santa Clause is Coming to Town." In Linda's case I'm sure he is!
Vickie Everhart of BeNotForgot recycled and updated the one she shared in 2011 . . . Star of the East . . . "Merry Christmas, y'all!" Merry Christmas Vickie Love.
Kim of Footstepts of the Past blog carols White Christmas. "Love visiting all the sing along blogs each year!" And we love visiting yours!
Kristin Williams is blog caroling "We Three Kings" at Finding Eliza. I love what you've done with it.
Liv Taylor-Harris of Claiming Kin said..."Thanks for hosting this wonderful event again." Liv is blog caroling the Hallelujah Chorus. It is my pleasure to host this event and so good to see you here.
Pam Schaffner - Digging Down East is caroling Silver Bells. Here them ring!
From Susan (Scotsue) of Family History Fun carols Silent Night. Go, sing along.
Daniel Dillman tells us his contribution is irreverent as always...Catch it on his blog Indiana Dillmans. You'll know it the minute you see/hear it. 
Shelley at My Genealogical Journey says "Thank you for Blog Caroling what a wonderful place to reflect on Christmas." Shelley blog carols Jingle Bells. Thank you Shelley, for your reflection. 
Denise Levenick, The Family Curator says "I am soooo happy to see this feature back for 2012! Peace and joy to you, dear friend. I'm sending a new old version of my favorite carol, "Silent Night," played on the antique music box inherited by Mr. Curator. Enjoy." Denise, how beautiful!
True Lewis of NoTe's To MySelf chose Silent Night by The Temptations for her first time blog caroling. Welcome True, I love the Temptations.
Pauleen of Family History Across the Seas blogs an Australian Carol/Song, Six White Boomers. She says "Six White Boomers" is the one featured even though not my favourite but its fun and given how hot it is today I can empathise with Santa. New to me! Oh, and it's snowing here.
Jill Ball author of Geniaus says...Thrilled to see you blogging away fM. Hope that 2013 brings good health and happiness to you and Mr fM. My contribution, An Australian Christmas Carol. Thank you, good to be back. Merry Christmas to both you and Mr. B. 
And my own, Good Bloggers All This Christmas Time - The Wexford Carol.
Thank You All For Keeping This Tradition
I enjoyed each and every one of your carols
I experienced some new; some old
(Bloggers that is)
I listened to each beautiful arrangement
and I loved them!

Merry Christmas!

Note - Blogger has been acting up for Blog Caroling. If your contribution isn't here email me and I'll add you!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Good Bloggers All This Christmas Time

The Wexford Carol
("Good People All, This Christmastime")
(Enniscorthy Carol)

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

To Blog Carol I have selected probably the best known of Irish Christmas songs (and my very favorite carol), "The Wexford Carol." The Wexford Carol has roots reaching back to twelfth century Ireland, traceable to the proximity of the County and town of Wexford. The Wexford Carol was included in The Oxford Book of Carols and tells the story of the birth of Christ.

It is interesting to note that Christmas carols were rare in Ireland, but County Wexford has a 300 year tradition of handing down carols from generation to generation. Families in the area were each entrusted with a carol and with sharing that particular carol with the generations. During Christmas the carols were sung in the homes of these families and in the church by the choir. The choir consisted of six men who sang the carols unaccompanied.

Please sing along with this beautiful rendition; YoYo Ma and Allison Krauss performing The Wexford Carol.

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go”, the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.

Merry Christmas

I hear you singing, my friends.
How I love Blog Caroling!!
What a joyous noise we will make
when we all come together to sing-along.

Remember, you have until midnight in
Hawaii, Today, to sing-along!

We will assemble Wednesday, December 19
to tour all the Caroling Blogs! 

The date tag is a Katie Pertiet, Counting Christmas Tags No. 2 and the Christmas image is Vintage Christmas Blendables No. 1 on Designer Digital

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

footnoteMaven's Tradition of Blog Caroling

Yes, Geneabloggers it's time for fM's favorite Christmas tradition. From the comfort of my blog, with Hot Toddy in hand, my flannel jammies and furry slippers on, I will blog my favorite Christmas Carol on Friday, December 14. (I sing so much better online than in person!)

So my fellow GeneaBloggers, I challenge each of you to blog your favorite Christmas Carol - Blog Caroling. We'll all sing along! (Blog Caroling is posting the lyrics, youtube video, etc. of your favorite Christmas carol on your blog.)

Blog Carol between today and Friday, 14 December. Post a note to the comments for this article directing us to your Blog Caroling Post and I will create a listing of all our favorites. (Please list Your Name, Blog Name, Favorite Carol and the link to your post in the comments below.)

If you sing along with us, feel free to snag the Victorian Santa Blog Caroling Badge above. When you select the badge, select "Save As" and choose the .png file. This has a transparent background and will show minus the white background.