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The Christmas Carrolls (The Christmas Carrolls, Book 1)

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Christina Rossetti originally wrote the words to this carol as a Christmas poem. The tune most often associated with In the Bleak Midwinter is Cranham, composed by Gustav Holst, but it has also been put to music by organist Harold Edwin Darke. Silent Night This song is one of the best-selling singles of all time in the UK. The melody was not originally written for a Christmas song, but was adapted for a choir in Hollywood to sing. It was subsequently recorded by Harry Belafonte, but the most famous version was released by German-based disco-group Boney M in 1978. As warm and cosy as drinking hot chocolate in your favourite Christmas jumper. A festive feast of fun.' Maz Evans, bestselling author of Who Let the Gods Out

This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started his Nativity Plays in Italy. The people in the plays sang songs or 'canticles' that told the story during the plays. Sometimes, the choruses of these new carols were in Latin; but normally they were all in a language that the people watching the play could understand and join in! The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries.

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Cutolo, Cesare; Grosse, F (12 March 1866). The Victorian Christmas waltz. Melbourne: Ebenezer and David Syme – via Trove. It is required of every man,” the Ghost returned, “that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world…and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!” Carols and their words continued to be disseminated, even in the 16th century when Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans tried to ban the singing of carols.

Still, an immortal Christmas classic that requires no introduction. Recommendable, for the right audience. A Christmas book about kindness and cheer to make even Scrooge's heart melt' Dame Jacqueline Wilson The minister Philip Brooks wrote this carol after a visit to Bethlehem in 1865. He asked their church organist to compose the melody. The carol has since become of the most-performed Christmas songs the world over. The carol is actually sung to a different tune in the United Kingdom, by the iconic British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other popular and widely sung Christmas carols are "Herbei, o ihr Gläub’gen", which is a German version of "Adeste fideles" (English: " O Come, All Ye Faithful"), Alle Jahre wieder ("Every year again"), Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (lit: "A rose has sprung up"), " Leise rieselt der Schnee" "(Silently the snow is falling)", " Tochter Zion, freue dich" (Daughter Zion, rejoice) and " Es ist für uns eine Zeit angekommen" ("Unto us a time has come").This passage really got to me, and I started to cry. In February, I started an experimental treatment, and I was able to walk again. When I go to church, there are usually no seats left except in the front. As part of my genetic defect, my body can’t process protein. There are extremely high levels of protein in my blood including my brain, and it makes me unbearably tired. The lead-up to Christmas is best seen as being from the start of Advent – the period marked by the first of the four Sundays before Christmas – until Christmas Day. The end of Christmas is usually marked by the feast of Epiphany, the day in Christianity where the revelation of baby Jesus is celebrated (usually 6 January). There are other links too: three people profiting from the spoils of the dead man (like the Roman soldiers at the cross, albeit they cast lots to decide who got what) and Peter Cratchit reading from the Bible in Christmas yet to come. A contemporary carol written by British composer and clergyman Michael Perry in the 1960s. Lyrics from the carol have appeared on postage stamps from the Carribean islands Nevis and St. Kitts. This lively and energetic carol first shot to fame in 1969.

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