Saturday, December 23, 2017


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 carolsI listened to all the beautiful arrangementsand 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!

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

Heather Rojo, at Nutfield Genealogy sings, "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day." As beautiful as ever my dear.

Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings delights us with "Angels We Have Heard on High" and he adds a little education. Love that!

Eileen Souza: My favorite carol for 2017 is "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella", which can be found on my blog "Old Bones Genealogy." Thank you for hosting this event each year. It really helps generate greater Christmas spirit. - You are most welcome, it is my Christmas boost.
Laura Hedgecock said. What a fun tradition! Here's my post on Treasure Chest of Memories. Bleak MidWinter. - What a beautiful graphic Laura and I had not heard this carol before. 
Janice Webster Brown of Cowhampshire - My Contribution to your wonderful meme. WWII the song that stopped the fighting. Love you fm. Janice. - You have no idea what a joy it is to see your name pop up at Christmas.
 Alice Keesey Mecoy wrote...So glad to participate again. I tell the history of "O Holy Night" a carol that has touched millions. - So glad to hear you singing again.
 Carol Stevens of Reflections From The Fence. Happy Holidays, back to "Little Drummer Boy", again. With new videos. - I love this song Carol, and the new videos.
Ruth Standring at Family Fractals gives us "Carol of the Bells" - This is a lovely idea. This is my first contribution. I loved the carols already posted. - Welcome Ruth! We hope it becomes a tradition for you as well.
Jill Ball our very own Geniaus tells us - I'm in. Here's my post, "Blog Caroling Down Under Style." - Jill, have we really been doing this that long? It seems like only yesterday. 
Alona Tester - I've just particpated in my first Blog Caroling. Thankyou. You can find Pentatonix's "Little Drummer Boy" on Lonetester HQ. - Thank you for joining us. I enjoyed your contribution. Oh, and I am only well known to my friends.
Wendy of  Jollette Etc. wrote...I've joined in. Here is my contribution "Mary Did You Know."  - That was absolutely gorgeous.
Empty Branches On the family Tree's Linda Stufflebean tells us; Here is my 2017 entry "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." -  Yes, there is something about Burl Ives.
Cheri Hudson Passey of  Carolina Girl Genealogy  says - Mine is my son Reagan's favorite. "Angels We Have Heard on High." Boy he loved those glorias! - A favorite of mine. For you Reagan! 
Genealogy: Beyond the BMD's Dianne Nolin blog carols "Softly The Night Is Sleeping.I'm always up for caroling! - So glad. And this one's for your mother.
Thank you, footnoteMaven, for hosting Blog Caroling again this year. I'd like to join in. Nancy Messier from My Ancestors and Me, singing "Ding Dong! Merrily on High." - Gloria  indeed!
Silent Night is my favourite in a simple, beautiful harmony arrangement, sung by the Vienna Boys Choir. From ScotSue (Susan Donaldson) at Family History Fun. - I love Silent Night.
Delighted to be part of this excellent tradition again! I'm Jacqi Stevens at A Family Tapestry with my current fav Christmas song, "Heirlooms," sung by Amy Grant. - Without a doubt a genealogists' Christmas Carol. Thanks so much for hosting this blog gathering once again, footnoteMaven! - Thank you Jacqi I love it more every year.
Pat Richley-Erickson says - Thank you, dearest footnoteMaven, for the invitation to participate in Blog Caroling. Ol' Myrt's entry is "God Bless Us Everyone" sung by Andre Bocelli for Disney's A Christmas Carol. - And God bless you my dearest friend.
Janet The Researcher Iles' Christmas number is Mary Boy Child. - I bet you all sounded wonderful as you caroled this move along song.
Elise Ann Warmth was Living In The Past - I'm late! But I still wanted to do it. I chose "The Holly and the Ivy." I'm Elise and I blog at Living in the Past. - You knew I'd wait for you. It was beautiful.
Jane Taubman's Family Home Here is one from me, my Mother's favourite carol, from one of my favourite YouTube artists. - An amazing rendition of one of my favorite carols. And you got me to try to remember my own Mother's favorite carol.
Carole Cropley - A Seattle Facebook Friend treats us to Stan Boreson & Doug Setterberg - I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas.   Don't we all. Don't we just all.
Denise Barrett Olson Of Moultrie Creek Journal gives us something truly unique. Blog Caroling At Air and Space Museum. - Thank you Denise, I loved it! So unique. Just like you.
My favorite West In New England, Bill, keeps the Blog Caroling tradition alive with "O Holy Night." - Thank you, Bill. Always good to hear from you.
Donna of Hanging From The Family Tree goes back to the traditions of her childhood and Blog Carols the beautiful Silent Night. - Thank you for hanging with us, Donna. 
Susan Clark, my dear dear friend, Blog Carols "In The Bleak Midwinter: Choir of Kings College, Cambridge." - I so love this. Yet what I can I give Him - Give my heart. 

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Goodnight.
And Thank You For An Amazing Blog Caroling 2017


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."

Friday, December 22, 2017

Good Bloggers All This 2017 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.

I am totally predictable. Or boring as the case may be. 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 Saturday, December 23
to tour all the Caroling Blogs and faceBook pages! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

fM's Tradition of Blog Caroling - 2017

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 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 Friday, 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 image above.