A History of Popular Christmas Carols and Songs – Elmhurst Toyota Dealer

November 27th, 2020 by

If you love Christmas carols, the Elmhurst Public Library has a great program for you. Many of us enjoy carols during the Christmas season, but most people don’t know much about their history and meaning. You can learn about the rich history of Christmas carols and the people who created them when you attend A History of Popular Christmas Carols and Songs on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. This virtual Zoom event promises to be entertaining and educational. We at Elmhurst Toyota are grateful for the many virtual events the library has been bringing into our homes.

A History of Popular Christmas Carols and SongsThe history of Christmas carols dates back to 4th-century Rome with Latin hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan. Some hymns from this period are still sung in some churches today. The first appearance of Christmas carols in English is found in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists 25 “caroles of Cristemas,” most likely sung by groups of “wassailers,” who traveled from house to house.

The songs we know specifically as carols began as songs sung during festivities such as harvest tide and also on Christmas. Carols associated with Christmas would later be sung in church. The publication of Christmas music books in the 19th century led to carols becoming more popular. Carols such as “The First Noel,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” appeared in William Sandys’ 1833 compilation, “Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern.”

When you attend A History of Popular Christmas Carols and Songs, you’ll learn about the lyrics and melodies of Christmas carols and how they have been used for worship, entertainment, education, marketing and even political purposes.

Date and Time:
Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at 1 p.m.

Location:
A History of Popular Christmas Carols and Songs is a virtual Zoom meeting.

Admission:
Admission is free. Register at https://bit.ly/33ljO8H to receive information to join.

For More Information:
Contact programming@elmlib.org.

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