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Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas

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Christmas Carols


For many people, Christmas carols are synonymous with the holiday season and can invoke the spirit of Christmas in even the most Scrooge-like individuals. Originally, carols were religious hymns written about the birth of Christ and the nativity. Beginning with St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), carols were sung in church to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In recent history, carols have come to encompass not only the nativity, but the Christmas season, and secular holiday traditions, including reindeer, snowmen, Santa Claus, and more.

Fun Fact: The oldest printed collection of Christmas carols was published in 1521 by Englishman Jan van Wynkyn.

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