By Rita Lin
It’s that time of year again! The time of year when people listen to the same Christmas carols over and over again but never get tired of listening to them. Have any of you wondered where these Christmas Carols originate? After reading this brief history of Christmas Carols you’ll be able to tell all your friends and family!
Carols were first sung in Europe, not as Christmas Carols, but as pagan songs to welcome the new seasons. Every season carols would be sung, but only the carols are sung during the Christmas season survived. Early Christians than took over this tradition and wrote new carols for people to sing during Christmas time. However, people began to lose interest because most of the carols were written in Latin. Altogether the Christmas spirit began to die down during the Middle Ages. The Christmas spirit was revived by St. Francis in Italy, he wrote carols and eventually this tradition spread to other European countries. Many of the carols were written based on Christian stories, however, some of the carols were not written based on true stories.
When the Puritans came to power in England in the 1640s, the celebration of Christmas stopped. People still secretly sang Christmas carols at home. After, there were groups of people called Waits who were bands of people led by important town leaders, that went around town on Christmas Eve to sing Christmas Carols. The tradition of singing Christmas Carols has been passed down to today and is enjoyed by many people. It brings friends and family together during the Christmas season and holds importance in the lives of many.
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