We Bet You Didn't Know This - The Secret Behind Christmas Carols

We Bet You Didn't Know This - The Secret Behind Christmas Carols

Sanjana Sule, December 11, 2015
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

Christmas is almost here, and so is the fun and happiness that accompanies it. You can almost feel the optimism in the air. If you’re waking up every morning with a smile on your face and happiness in your heart, Christmas could very well be the reason. To accompany this festive cheer, nothing works better than music. And that’s why we have Christmas Carols. But before you go around town humming your favorite carol tunes you might want to know where they originate from. So here’s some carol history for you. Trust me, these places are so beautiful, you’ll be itching to book an air ticket there by the end of it.


Christmas Carol

This carol that many of us have oftentimes hummed is Welsh in origin. To be more precise, the melody is welshed and originated in the 16th century whereas the English lyrics are a recent 19th-century addition. Wales is a beautiful little country situated in Great Britain. It’s bordered by the Irish sea to its north and west, and the Bristol Channel to its south. A country of beautiful landscapes and pristine beaches, you’ll feel relaxed and at home here, amidst breathtaking nature.


Christmas Carols

Noel which stands for Christmas in early modern English is a carol of Cornish origins. Cornwall is another country situated in the United Kingdom surrounded by water bodies on three sides. The culture and history of Cornwall date as far back as pre-Roman times. Beaches, moorlands, towering cliffs, and an overall aura of mystery and history make this a great place to explore.


Christmas Carols

This one is slightly unusual. While most of the carols originated in Europe or England this one was in Puerto Rico. This revelation shouldn’t have come as much of a shock since Feliz Navidad is essentially a Spanish carol. From spice, culture, beaches to tropical weather, Puerto Rico is definitely a place you need to be visiting. Especially if you have a party animal hidden within you.


Christmas Carols

This popular carol that’s often associated with Christmas finds its origins in the great land of America. Published in the autumn of 1857, this carol was considered too racy to be sung by a children’s church choir. How far that fact is true is often debated, but none the less it makes for an interesting tit-bit. Well, what can be said about America that hasn’t already been said. A vast country with so many treasures, you’d easily spend months traveling and exploring its countryside.


Christmas Carols

Now, this Scottish carol has a slightly unusual origin story. This was originally written by the famous Scots poet Robert Burns as a poem and was set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Scotland is a country that can make you fall in love with it from the moment you set foot. From Scottish Highlands, castles, rugged landscapes, to bustling city squares, each trying to outdo the other in terms of beauty. There’s never a dull moment here.

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