In my humble opinion one of the loveliest things about Christmas are CAROLS.
Christmas without Carols is almost impossible to imagine in good ol’ England.
It is said that this tradition actually started in France and found its way across the channel where it got a new and loving home.
The word Carol derives from an old French word “Carole” which means:
“dancing in a circle”
Now this might sound odd, but Carols where not just about Christmas, back in the old middle age days. Carols were a way of expressing stories which were always accompanied by dances, some of them religious (Like the Coventry Carol) but many were not.
Can you believe that it was originally not allowed to sing them at Church?
(out of all the places!) The reason being is that they were often written in English, a language considered inappropriate at a time were Latin was considered to be the godly language in churches. I never did my “Latinum”, so the thought of sitting in a cold church for hours on end without even understanding anything but Amen, doesn’t sound like the kinda joy Jesus had in mind.
Luckily many others thought so too.
Over the years they slowly sneaked into the Christmas back door and never found their way out again. Maybe we can thank our Victorians for that again…after all it was them who popularised celebrating Christmas the way we do today.
As a Jesus loving flower Hippie Child, Carols always seem to have the power to carry me through the season and help me connect to the light, the scents and the cinnamon sprinkled moments.
Whenever I start feeling sadness over the fact that I cannot be with my family at this time I turn on my favourite of all: Oh come Oh come Emmanuel and suddenly I am home!
Veni Veni Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
nascetur pro te Israel!
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
This is one of my favourite interpretation of the song, performed by the piano guys