Christmas Carols

Groups of hat-and-mitten-clad singers walking house to house and singing Christmas carols by candlelight is a time honored tradition that evokes the warmest of Christmas memories.

In Medieval France and England, the carol was a particular kind of group dance in the round. In time, however, the meaning of the term changed to include particular kinds of songs.

The Anglo Saxons developed a Christmas tradition of gathering a small choir on the village green to entertain passersby with Christmas songs. As the "village green" began to lose its place as the communal center of a town, these choirs began roaming the streets with their carols, bringing Christmas songs and spirit to the front doors of fortunate families.

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