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S&E Nashville recommends: A weekend of Christmas carols

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Caroling Company

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Caroling Company

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Caroling Company

When December rolls around there is no outrunning the Christmas music. The same songs appear at the same time each year. Popular carols are just part of the Christmas tradition.

In their beginning, carols had nothing to do with Christmas. The word ‘carol’ comes from a French word ‘carole’. The translation of the word is something to the effect of ‘circle dance’ or ‘a song of joy’.  Europeans began singing them thousands of years ago as pagan songs. They would dance around singing at Winter Solstice celebrations, the shortest day of the year (this year the Winter Solstice is tomorrow, December 21!). Christians eventually turned these pagan songs into Christmas ones.

Today, you probably won’t have a group of carolers showing up on your doorstep singing carols hoping you’ll invite them in for hot chocolate. The days of carolers going door-to-door are essentially gone. Unfortunately, times have changed. If it were up to me, I’d be out there singing and spreading the joy of the season.

On second thought, I think I’ll leave it to the professionals for that. The Nashville Caroling Company is a festive group of top-notch local singers. The group has been performing an assortment of Christmas songs at holiday events this time of year since 2008. Not only does The Nashville Caroling Company bring great entertainment to the table, but also they come dressed in an authentic Dickens wardrobe! Are you having a Christmas party or event and want to enhance the occasion? The Nashville Caroling Company is the right team for the job.

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Caroling Company

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Caroling Company

Here are some interesting facts I bet you didn’t know about popular Christmas carols:

“Frosty the Snowman” doesn’t include the word “Christmas” anywhere in the song.

“Little Drummer Boy” was initially named “Carol of the Drums” due to the recurring line “pa rum pum pum pum” which mimics a drum.

“Let it Snow” was first recorded in 1946 by Vaughn Monroe. Since then multiple other artists including Frank Sinatra, Jessica Simpson, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble have recorded it.

“Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song. It was also the first song to be played in space.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, and “Holly Jolly Christmas” were all written by Johnny Marks who is Jewish.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” has symbolic meaning related back to the Bible. The True Love represents God, the Partridge in a Peartree represents Jesus, the two turtledoves are the Old Testament and New Testament, and the four calling birds represent the four gospels.