ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Curious History of Christmas Carols

Updated on February 5, 2015

This 1901 article by Annie Russell Marble, "Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern," offers an interesting look at the Medieval origin of Christmas carols. Some Medieval carols, embroidered with feudal notions of kings and queens, knights in armor and ladies in waiting, are rarely heard today, so distant are they from the actual story of a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn. Yet other Christmas carols in current use are of surprisingly ancient tradition. Even today, with all of our scientific and technological accomplishments of which mankind can boast, the idea of the Virgin birth, the birth of the child Jesus as foretold by the angel, as in ages past, is yet a miraculous wonder yet unexplained, something that so many words can only wonder at and marvel. God made man. A mystery for the ages. Such is Christmas Day.

That chylde is borne

At Bethlehem this morne

Ye shall find Him beforne

Betwixt two bestys.

Songs Of Angels: Christmas Hymns And Carols
Songs Of Angels: Christmas Hymns And Carols

The Robert Shaw Chamber singers perform this collection of Christmas hymns and carols without instrumental accompaniment.

 

Thoughts on Christmas Carols

I do love Christmas carols. The music is so joyful, so filled with awe and wonder. At our house there was always a Christmas carol book inside the piano bench, a thin green booklet with all the basics for a Merry Christmas carol sing just in case, whose pages contain the "First Noel," the "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," the "Silent Night," the "We Three Kings of Orient Are," and all of those standard tunes that we have come to expect on such an important Christian holiday. We sing these songs at school functions and church pageants. We hear these songs performed by even the most jaded secular performers, a nod to the enduring popularity of Christmas even in this Secular-Skeptical Age in which cynicism and unbelief hold sway in many areas of life formerly governed by faith. See some examples below:

Guestbook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice review.

      Christmas means a lot to me, why we celebrate it. One of my articles on Squidoo is about the true meaning of christmas, which today a lot really don't know. Sad really. I love all those carols which I learnt going to sunday school when I was very young.

      Hope you had a nice christmas.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)