A Christmas carol is a song whose lyrics are on the theme of Christmas or the winter season in general. Historically, the first known carol appeared in fourth century Rome with latin hymns, including one called “Of the Father’s love begotten” (Corde Natus ex Parentis), a song penned by the Spanish poet Prudentius.
By 1426 a Shropshire (England) chaplain, John Awdlay, reported 25 carols sung by wassailers (carolers), who went from house to house.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, there are approximately 500 carols today.
Going Christmas caroling isn’t as popular as it once was, but it is still done in many places, both in this province and in many places around the world. Choirs or youth groups will often arrange to drop in at a nursing home or senior citizen facility, and sometimes a group may sing in a shopping mall or plaza.
There is even an official ‘Go Caroling Day’, which is celebrated on Dec. 20. This would be a perfect opportunity to have a wonderful, rewarding, and memory filled evening and a great way to enjoy the Christmas season and appreciate its meaning.
This year, Dec. 20 lands on a Friday. If you like to sing Christmas carols and would be interested in going caroling, please contact Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330 (evenings) by Nov. 30.
“If there is enough interest (at least 10-12 people), I will arrange booking the Bandshell from 6-7 p.m.,” stated Houben, “and I will also arrange to have hot chocolate and cookies.”
A notice will be printed in the newspaper after Nov. 30 to confirm if this is indeed to be a ‘go’, and if it is, anyone and everyone is welcome to come and listen (or sing) and to enjoy the goodies afterwards (donations of the odd plate of cookies happily accepted). There would be no rehearsals, this would be strictly a “come and have fun singing carols” event.