Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Christmas Traditions - Christmas Carols

The word carol means dance for joy or sing a song of praise. That is why they were primarily sung on the shortest day of the year, or Winter Solstice, as it is known. Participants danced around stone circles and sang the words of pagan songs. Of course, carols were written and sung during other seasons, but only the Christmas tradition has survived the years.

Once the Christians began incorporating pagan rituals into their celebrations, the songs were changed to reflect songs that Christians felt comfortable singing. This change spurred many a church leader to become singer/songwriters of some of the carols we still sing to this day.

The first carol was sung in 129 titled Angel’s Hymn after a Roman Bishop determined that it should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. As more and more carols were penned, the church noticed that the people were not having that much fun singing these new songs. Mainly because they were written in Latin and by the Middle Ages, people had had enough of the church.

Once St. Francis of Assisi came along and started his Nativity Plays in 1223, people took notice because his plays consisted of songs that people could sing. The canticles told the story of the play and were in the language of the listener.
As the carols began to spread across Europe, people began to incorporate them into their own festivities.

The very first more modern carol was written in 1410 and told the story of Mary and Jesus meeting people of Bethlehem.

Many of the carols during this time period were based on folk lore and very little was based on the true Christmas story. This made them more of an entertainment that could be sung at home rather than something that would be sung in church. As people traveled, the songs traveled with them.

Once the Puritans were in power in the 1600s, there was no more celebration of any kind. No Christmas celebration and no darn singing in any sort. This just made people hide at home and sing in secret.

The Victorian Era put the carols back into Christmas and people began caroling from home to home. The caroling tradition has grown from there, which sparked new carols and more people singing about the season.

Another thing to sing about are these great gift ideas from artists and crafters. Anyone who is the recipient of these handmade gifts is sure to sing for joy.

Handmade Irish Crochet Art Personal Accessory

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Crochet & Knit Green Bath Set

Crafting Memories 1 

Handmade woven scarf

Andrea Designs 

Charm Bracelet Sterling Daisy & Heart Charms Swarovski Pearls Crystals

Magdalene Jewels

Green Onyx Gemstone Earrings 22K Bezel Setting w Green Palace Opal & Clear Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Clover Earrings

Linor Store 

Aqua Fire Agate Gemstone Stretch Bracelet

Covergirl Beads 

Cotton Crochet Trivet and Potholder

Wyvern Designs Home 

Green Aventurine Peach Coral Necklace, Spring Summer Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 


Colleen Cornelius 

Rescue K9 Dog Free Standing Jigsaw Puzzle

Kevs Krafts 

Emerald Sugar Skull Earrings, Handmade Skull Halloween Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Beautiful Pink Women's Purse Charm Keychain Beaded Keyring

Blue Morning Expressions 

Mother Goddess Necklace


In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1
Christmas Traditions – The Candy Cane

Don’t see the perfect gift? Ask an artist to help you design something.

Shop now!


  1. Another fascinating read about carols, Julie and Harry. Love the definition: dance for joy or sing a song of praise. Didn't know about the dancing part, but sure makes sense. More fun! Many thanks for including my green and peach necklace in with all of the other beauties. Will share the blog all around and tweet and pin each item. Thanks, again.

  2. Thank you, Julie for putting together another mid-week collection of beauties. Also, thank you for including my spa gift set. Shared everywhere.

  3. Thanks Julie for another interesting blog about carols. Thanks for all you do and thank you for including my green sugar skull earrings. I have pinned on 2 different boards.

  4. Thank you for the work you put into this extra promotion. Interesting information about carols! And fabulous selection of handmade goodies. Thanks so much for including my mother goddess statement necklace! I have pinned everything to my Countdown 2019 board at Pinterest. Also did tweeting. Treats to sweetie Sir Harry from sweetie Sir Gonze!

  5. Julie, thanks for including my clover earrings. Shared
    Most of all, thanks or doing this promotion.

  6. Fun and Funny story about the history of carols - I think all should sing for joy and fun --- and, I agree, I think the Handmade you shared should be sung about!! Thanks for including my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Red Roses and Green Leaves Irish Crochet KeyChain! --- Sharing, of course!

  7. Love to know about the story/etymology/origin of saying or common idioms in the United States.
    Thank you for the extra exposure choosing my green loom scarf to be part of this gorgeous collection. All the items were shared in twitter.
    Have a great week!