Sunday, December 23, 2018

Do You Hear What I Hear Christmas 2018

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!

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

Heather Rojo, at Nutfield Genealogy sings, "It Came Upon A Midnight ClearAs beautiful as ever my dear.

Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings lifts our spirits with "Angels We Have Heard on High." Love your selection, Randy!

Carolina Girl's favorite carol for 2018 is "Feliz Navidad Mimi", and it comes with a lovely memory! Cheri says, "Here's my carol!! Thank you for allowing us to blog carol again this year! Merry Christmas!" And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Aleksandra of Gone To Texas contributes with a wonderful selection of Polish Christmas CarolsThank  you so much for joining us this year.
Eileen Souza of Old Bones Genealogy said, here is my Blog Caroling post for this year "The Little Drummer Boy. You may be surprised at these renditions." LOVED for King and Country. 
Robert Burnett joins us on Facebook for blog caroling - you will unfortunately be unable to see the post unless you are a friend.
Linda Shufflebeam of Empty Branches on the Family Tree said "One day late, but here is White Christmas! Oh, Linda, no  one is every really late for Blog Caroling. And as a Washingtonian I do love White Christmas!
Bill West of West In New England one of my all time favorite bloggers carols "I Saw Three KingsSung by his Mother's favorite Nat King Cole! Merry Christmas Bill, Love.
Nancy Naber Beach says, "A blessed Christmas to you and your family (including the critters. A record  breaking "Angels We Have Heard On  HighPlease watch! It is absolutely beautiful. I watched with all the critters.
Pat Richley-Erickson says Ol' Myrt's entry is my favorite rendition of  "The Wexford Carol." Great minds think alike my friend. My favorite carol.

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Goodnight.
And Thank You For A Wonderful Blog Caroling 2018


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."

Good Bloggers All This 2018 Christmas

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, FRIDAY, to sing-along!

We will assemble Sunday, December 23
to tour all the Caroling Blogs and faceBook pages! 

Monday, December 17, 2018

fM's Tradition of Blog Caroling

B L O G - C A R O L I N G

Yes, Geneabloggers and faceBook friends it's time for fM's favorite Christmas tradition. After the year I've had I could use a little song and nog. 

So, from the comfort of my blog and faceBook page, with Hot Toddy in hand, my flannel jammies and furry slippers on, I will blog my favorite Christmas Carol on Friday, December 21. (I sing so much better online than in person!)

We all need a little Christmas Cheer!

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

Blog Carol between today and Friday 21 December. Post a note to the comments HERE directing us to your Blog Caroling post or your Facebook page.

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

If you're blogging you can post you blog post in the comments below or on your facebook page with  the link.