Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Carols and the Story Behind Them


I know it's Saturday today. I was planning to do a Thursday 13 on Christmas Songs but the storm came on Maui and I didn't get a chance to do it. Then I read that Sandy at Writing In Faith did it, so I am providing a link. Below is just a sample of the songs. Go to his blog for the complete Thursday 13 list :)

1. "Angels we Have Heard on High"
Parts of this hymn were sung by the early Church even before Christianity took root in western Europe. Collins says it's possible the chorus was written within 100 years of Christ's birth.

2. "Away in a Manger"

Though it was written by an anonymous American in the mid-1800s, there was a longstanding rumor that Martin Luther had written the song and sung it to his own children.

3. "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Noel Regney, a Frenchman who emigrated to the US after World War II, wrote the lyrics as an antidote to his fear and concern about Vietnam and the Cold War.

Hop on to Sandy's Blog for the continuation of this list...


Anonymous said...

sori I havent visited for a while we have moved house

thanks for sharing this its very interesting

jen at

Valerie said...

i LOVE Angels We Have Heard on High. the chorus is my very favorite and reminds me of Christmas programs @ school.

and me thinking i could sing. oy.

thanks for stopping by my lil' corner of the 'net!

Forgetfulone said...

Great post! Angels we have heard on high - that's a great one I think I left out.

Andrea Frazer said...

I think that is fascinating.