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Xmas carols are based on Christian lyrics and relate, in the main, to the Nativity.
Xmas carols were introduced to church services by St Francis of Assisi in the 12th century. The word
"carol" is derived from the French word caroller and the English interpretation of which meant dancing around in a circle. Carols eventually came to mean not only to dance but also included
appropriate music with a Christian Xmas Nativity
The joyous themes for many Xmas carols were banned in England by the staunch Protestant Oliver Cromwell and many of the very old
Xmas carols were subsequently lost for all time. Xmas carols
were only fully popularised again during the Victorian era when they again expressed joyful and merry themes in their lyrics as opposed to the normal, more sombre, Christian lyrics found in hymns. As religious observances
in the United States and England were closely linked the popularity of Xmas carols grew in both countries in the 19th century. Many
Xmas traditions are relatively recent such as Santa Claus and reindeer and bear no relation to
Xmas carols. We have reflected this in the unusual and beautiful
Victorian Angel Pictures
have also included for both your pleasure and enjoyment.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and enjoy singing all the
wonderful words and
Christian lyrics to the
we have featured on this free festive Xmas Carol Website.