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!


Blogger Family Curator said...

Love this lovely tradition. Thank you thank you thank you. ~ Penny D.

December 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you PennyD. We are nothing without our traditions.

December 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

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