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."


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