Saturday, December 24, 2016


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!

Below Are The Great Blog Caroling Carolers!  

It so good to see so many familiar faces and some new friends as well.

Janice Brown said...fM, always wonderful to participate in your annual Blog Caroling. Janice Webster Brown, Cow Hampshire, sings "This Time of Year," (Etta James Version) "You have no idea the joy it brings just to see your name."

Bill West, Of West In  New England, said...Here's mine, "The Coventry Carol" with a link to the Annie Lennox performance of the carol. "Bill love, you have music in your soul."

Melissa Barker said...My name is Melissa Barker, my blog is "A Genealogist in the Archives", my favorite Christmas carol is "Hark! The Herald Angel Sings". "One of my all time favorites as well."

Randy Seaver's favorite carol can be found at Geneamusings. Hugs and Merry Christmas to you, my dear -- Randy. "And to you and your lovely family my dear friend."

Family Curator said...Merry Merry Merry footnoteMaven! And from the Family Curator a musical gift with a twist. "I would have expected nothing less." 

Donna Peterson of Hanging With Donna is another first timer. "Welcome from us all and we hope you enjoy the caroling." 

Fran Ellsworth...So excited to join in again this year. Fran Ellsworth @ Branching Out Through the Years "The Angel in the Christmas Play." "And so excited to find you singing again this year."
This is Linda Stufflebean's first time Blog Caroling. "Welcome! We hope it becomes one of your traditions as well." Empty Branches On The Family Tree. 

Hi, I'm Nicole Dyer and I shared a rare Christmas song passed down in my family on my blog, FamilyLocket. "Rare? Music to any genealogist's ear."
Reflecting From The Fence, as usual, is Carol Stevens, who for the last four years has sung "The Little Drummer Boy." Now this year, Carol has heard bells, and so will you. Reflections From The Fence.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy carols "O Holy Night," and gives us a history lesson. "Don't you just love, Heather!"

Bobby Jacobs, a Facebook friend, is caroling "Canadian  Brass - Twelve Days of Christmas" with some unique lyrics. "Oh, I like it!"
Denise Olson, Moultrie Creek, has a fixation with USAF flash mobs - this time with a Glenn Miller theme. "A Swinging Christmas." Merry Christmas fM and all my genea-friends. "And a very Merry Christmas to  you, Denise love!"
Sassy Jane carols “I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas” by Yogi Yorgesson. "Somehow, Nancy, I believe it."
Susan Clark of Nolichucky Roots, brings us joy with a side of Harry Belafonte singing "Mary's Boy Child." "Susan, thank you! I feel the same way about you. I'm looking forward to a white Christmas, but when the white runs out I'll drink the red."
Melissa Barker of A Genealogist In The Archives, and most of us are, is a first timer to Blog Caroling. So let's welcome her as she carols, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing." "It's really beginning to feel like Christmas."
John Newmark of TransylvanianDutch introduces us to David Bowie & Bing Crosby performing Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth. "So good to see you John! Merry Christmas." P.S. I never knew David and Bing sang together!
Randy Clark, another Facebook  friend, carols "Hallelujah" - Christmas version by Cloverton.mp3.

And last, but by no means least, is everyone's favorite, Dear Myrt. Pat has opted  
for quiet tones in "Still, Still, Still." And it is thanks to Pat and Denise 
Levenick for saving Blog Caroling last year. They kept the tradition alive. 
Merry Christmas and love to you both.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Goodnight.
And Thank You For An Amazing Blog Caroling 2016


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."

Thursday, December 22, 2016

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.

I am totally predictable. To Blog Carol I have selected the same song I sing every year, probably the best known of Irish Christmas songs (and my very favorite carol), "The Wexford Carol." I love this 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 Friday, December 23
to tour all the Caroling Blogs and faceBook pages! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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 Thursday, December 22, on this blog and Facebook. (I sing so much better online than in person!)

So my fellow GeneaBloggers, I challenge each of you to blog or post to Facebook 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 Thursday, 22 December. Post a note to the comments for this article or on Facebook 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 or on Facebook.)

If you sing along with us, feel free to snag the Blog Caroling Badge above.