Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas Songs

The holiday season arrived and once more, it is for radio and television the opportunity to make us enjoy the Christmas music we love. While historians are not sure of the origins of Christmas caroling, we tend to think that originally carolers were roaming from one house to a different one, singing Christmas songs and receiving food or some hot beverage. Then came radios echoing the beautiful melodies of Joy to the World as well as Silent Night. The birth of television allowed us to enjoy the holiday season by creating a wide variety of Christmas shows that we enjoy each year.

One of these well-known classics is Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", especially adapted for these shows. Who does not know the story of this old miserly, avaricious, selfish and vindictive man called Ebenezer Scrooge, who became a kind, generous and grandfatherly gentleman? Many carols are largely and regularly featured in any adaptation you care to watch. The familiar words to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", and "Silent Night" are sung by numerous young boys caroling, also known as wassailing, in hopes of receiving some cakes or a hot cup of the alcoholic drink.

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