“Caroling, an ancient word referring to dancing or singing songs of praise and happiness, was practiced during all seasons of the year in the Dark Ages, and carols embraced a wide range of subjects. When a fourth-century pope designated December 25th as the day to recognize Christ’s birth, it was only natural that many of the secular carols were adapted for songs celebrating the birth of Jesus.” (from Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, by Ace Collins)
Beloved Christmas carols (and music) have become many people’s favorite elements of the holiday season. Who can’t wait to put their favorites on the turntable (oops, I mean the CD player…I mean the MP3….or Ipod/Iphone/playlist, or ???????), as we approach Christmas Day? And who has one particular favorite tune or song that “makes the holiday happen” once it is heard? I, for one, indulge myself by adding new Christmas music to my increasing collection each year. Some of my additions are newer, contemporary versions, but most are the older classics that I remember from childhood.
Nearly each year, on the Sunday after Christmas, Covenant has enjoyed a Christmas Carol-Singing service— usually selecting from traditional “favorite” hymns and tunes. This year, in worship on December 29th, we’ll enjoy a few of the “lesser-sung,” but still very familiar Christmas hymns. Worship at Covenant the Sunday after Christmas and enjoy singing even more of your favorite Christmas Carols.
And May Blessings be yours now and in the New Year.