Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The First Noel

This classic Christmas carol was penned in the 1800s and has a Cornish beginning. It is a traditional English carol that uses the word Noel as a synonym for Christmas, and that did not become vogue until a more modern time in England. You know, the 1800s. 

By 1871, it was part of the traditional Christmas celebration, and English composer, John Stainer, arranged it into a four-part hymn that we sing to this day.

From the Cornish Songbook of 1929:

O well, O well, the Angels did say

To shepherds there in the fields did lay;
Late in the night a-folding their sheep,
A winter's night, both cold and bleak.
O well, O well, O well, O well,
Born is the King of Israel.

From a more modern version:

The first Noel, the angels say

To Bethlehem's shepherds as they lay.
At midnight watch, when keeping sheep,
The winter wild, the light snow deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

The shepherds rose, and saw a star

Bright in the East, beyond them far,
Its beauty gave them great delight,
This star it set now day nor night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

Now by the light of this bright star

Three wise men came from country far;
They sought a king, such their intent,
The star their guide where'er it went.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

Then drawing nigh to the northwest,

O'er Bethlehem town it took its rest;
The wise men learnt its cause of stay,
And found the place where Jesus lay.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

From Elvis to Molly Ringwald, this song has been a favorite of numerous voices, so it was hard to make a selection. I reached deep into my childhood and bring you this one. My mom has this album, so the image is as fresh to me as the snow in the background he is standing in.

Shall we see what Santa has to put in our stockings this year?

Montana Blue Earrings Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal

Treasures of Jewels 

Blue Pot Holder Set of 2

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Hand Knit Cobalt Blue Hooded Cowl

Crafting Memories 

She is Ready to Pop Sticker Labels

Adore by Nat 

Etched Ink Blue Lampwork Beads Frosted Sea Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Cairn Terriers Hand Sanitizer Holder


Bracelets for Women

Blue Morning Expressions 

Royal Blue Cats Eye Faceted Glass Beaded Coil Wrap Bracelet

Diane’s Dangles 

Once In A Blue Moon Art Print

Colleen Cornelius

Cerulean Blue Faceted Agate Bali Copper OOAK 21 inch Necklace


Blue Swarovski Necklace


Blue Gemstone Necklace For Women


Yellow and Blue Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Unusual Afzelia Burl Pendant Necklace Beaded Exotic Wood Handmade


Crochet Infant Boy Sweater

Magdalene Knits


Kevs Krafts 

Blue Flowers Handmade Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Lapis Lazuli Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Purple Flower Painting, Batik Art, Original Watercolor Batik on Japanese Rice Paper


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  1. Great collection and interesting piece.

    Tweeted, pinned.

  2. Some pins, got the big black box, not sure why.

  3. Thank you for including my floral painting. Pinned and Tweeted

  4. Beautiful blues! Thank you for including my blue and yellow set. Pinned and tweeted.

  5. Another fascination read about a favorite Christmas carol. Always interesting to see the changes from one time to another. Also love all the blue handmade lovelies you found, Julie. Thanks so much for including my earrings. Scheduling tweets now. Will pin once I get home. Treats to Handsome Blu from Seamus (who will be so happy to be sprung from the kennels!).

  6. Thanks Catherine for including my little Sweater. I too love reading your interesting information on Christmas Songs we all love to hear!

  7. Enjoyed reading this post Julie! Thank you for including my earrings. Funny, my uncle went to high school with Johnny Mathis! Promoting.

  8. Thank you for including my bracelet, lovely blue collection, will share.

  9. Shared the post everywhere I could and pinned and tweeted items.


    Twitter: @ShadowDogDesign

    Thanks, again, Julie and Blu!

  10. So many gorgeous blues here. Thank you Julie for including my cerulean blue necklace. Will be promoting!!

  11. Omgosh what a treat to be included in this sharefest!!! So amazing. I have promoted all.

    Thanks so much everyone!! <3

  12. Thanks again Julie & Blu! Pinned and tweeted all :-)

  13. Gorgeous Blue selection! Thank you Julie and Blu for including my cowl. Shared.

  14. Thanks for sharing all the Handmade in Blue - including my Potholder Set!

  15. Love your wonderful choice of blues. Thank you Julie for including my earrings. I love the Christmas song, I'm partial to Johnny Mathis. I will be sharing.

  16. So many beautiful gift ideas in so many different shades of blue! Thank you for including my necklace. Will promote now!

  17. Thank you for adding my Blue Moon to this amazing collection of blue treasures. Love the deep rich colors