Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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 

Thank You All For Keeping This Tradition And For Sharing.
Sharing is what Christmas is all about!
I enjoyed each and every one of your carols
I listened to all the beautiful arrangements
and I loved them!

Merry Christmas!

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

Open The Great Blog Caroling Songbook!  

Select the name of the Blog, person or carol to sing along.

This year Mr. Maven has asked to join Blog Caroling. His favorite carol is Chuck Berry's Run Run Rudolph found here on YouTube. I think he has the Christmas Spirit.

DearMYRTLE's contribution to footnoteMaven's Tradition of Blog Caroling 2014 includes the thought: "...and become as little children..." Pat Richley Erickson directs us to the video of PS22 school children singing." All little children.
Dawn Kogutkiewicz tells us she posted the same song as Dear Myrt along with her Christmas wish for peace. 
Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy is singing, "Over the River and Through the Woods."Thanks for hosting Blog Caroling again this year, FM!" It's my pleasure Heather. 
Bill West, of West in New England, shares my penchant for the Wexford Carol. Yes, Bill, my dear friend, "Great Minds."

Denise Olson, AKA Moultrie Creek, says it looks like we've got a long cold winter ahead of us so this year she chose I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm as my contribution to fM's caroling festivities. And we send you some extra love Denise, just in case you need it. Merry Christmas from us all!

Jennifer of Irish Eyes, writes - "Dear footnoteMaven, So very glad to see your tradition of Blog Carolling again this year. Hoping all is well with you. I posted my blog carol this past Saturday, but would be honoured to be included among those carolling along with you. Happy Christmas to you and yours!" The honor is all ours Love! Listen to her carol here.

Janet Iles, Janet the Reseacher, selected Candelight Carol. It is a contemporary carol. I agree Janet, it's so difficult to pick a favorite. I love listening to all of you.

Cheri Hudson Passey, Carolina Girl Genealogy, directs us to a family tradition and now a blog caroling tradition. Only one more sleep till Christmas.

Kristin of Finding Eliza's carol for this year is Silent Night by Sweet Honey in the Rock. And it gives you a great deal to contemplate. Peace on Earth, Kristin.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze, of Olive Tree Genealogy says, "Here is my carol - it is the first Canadian Christmas Carol and it's beautiful. Sung in the Huron native american language, then French, then English. First Canadian Christmas Carol." I LOVE this!

Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy, carols her favorite Mary's Boy Child. So beautiful, Eileen!

Ginger Farnsworth - I am not a blogger but so want to join the caroling. I've just posted this one on my Facebook page and am dedicating it this year to all of the animal rescue volunteers in our area. It is a favorite of mine.  Ginger  is a Facebook friend and you can find her favorite right here  on YouTube.
Ah, the beautiful Gini of Ginisology, celebrates her heritage - "My all time favorite each and every year for your Blog Caroling is Silent Night in German over at Ginisology ~ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all" Merry Christmas to you and yours, Gini.

Vickie of Be Not Forgot has a most interesting post for Blog Caroling. "God Didn't Choose Sides goes back 150 years . . . and includes three Christmas songs . . ."
Amanda Pape at ABT UNK - one of my favorite carols is "Emmanuel" -  Merry Christmas, everyone! A Very Merry Christmas, Amanda. This was absolutely beautiful.

Lisa Gorrell of My Trails Into The Past, carols The Twelve Days of Christmas! I love the carol, but never get those twelve days just right. Maybe next year.

Liv Taylor-Harris, of Claiming Kin, says, "Thanks Footnote Maven for hosting another wonderful year of blog caroling!" And thank you Liv for caroling your fun childhood favorite, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
M. Diane Rogers  of Canada Genealogy tells us, I know I'm really late joining the carollers, but I am singing 'All I Want for Christmas'. You didn't honestly think we'd start without you!

Oh, leave  it to our favorite legal eagle, Judy G. Russell to be unable to resist, You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch. So out of character. Or is it. Judy is after all a good friend  of the Monkster.

Facebook friend, Kim E Dolce tells us" I'm in the choir at church. We sing a lot of traditional carols, but I've never sung this one, which I love: The Cherry-Tree Carol found here on YouTube.

A faithful Blog Caroler, and good friend, Fran Langley Ellsworth of Branching Out Through The Years has chosen a modern carol, Mary Did You Know. A personal favorite.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen has fallen in love with this version of O Come Emmanuel featuring the Piano Guys. I  love it too Peggy.
Susan Clark says, "No blogging this year, but Odetta is singing me through the season." So reminds  me of you Susan. Rise Up Shepard.

Reflections From The Fence and the amazing Carol A. Bowen Stevens brings us a fourpeat. Love it just as much this year. The Little Drummer Boy

Deborah Hart Stock, our  own over-achiever gives us The 50 Best Versions Of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." And we certainly are! 

Now this is absolutely amazing, from Denise Anderson-Decina her favorite from Pentatonix, Carol of the Bells.

Georgia Genealogist is also  in love with Pentatonix and has chosen The Little Drummer Boy, as you've never heard it before. Yvonne, perfect!

Kim Cotton isn't seeing visions of sugar plums as she Blog Carols. No, she's seeing soup. The weekly Noon Pacific mixtape.

Sherry Stocking Kline, The Family Tree Writer, is caroling "Baby It's Cold Outside." And yes it is, Sherry. Bet the smile on your Mom's face is warming the room up though.

Joy To The World, from Tina Sansone brings to a close this year's Blog Caroling.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Goodnight.
And Thank You For An Amazing Blog Caroling Book


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."

Monday, December 22, 2014

Good Bloggers All This Christmastime

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 Tuesday, December 23
to tour all the Caroling Blogs! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

fM'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 Monday, December 22. (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 Tuesday, 23 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 Blog Caroling Songbook Badge above.