It's Christmas! Five Christmas carols you must listen
Even Google has presented a new doodle to mark the festive cheer and happiness of Christmas with carols.
Christmas vibes are in the air and there is no stopping. Happiness, joy, fun, family time etc all seem promising amid the winters embracing the cheerfulness of the festival. Decked up in coats everyone is ready to make the most of the Christmas spirit and the upcoming holiday.
Even Google has presented a new doodle to mark the festive cheer and happiness of Christmas with carols. Check this out here.
And when Christmas is right here to be embellished with Carols, we bring you the best five carols for you to get in the festive cheer!
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas
By Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
"Through the years we all will be together/ If the fates allow/ So hang a shining star upon the highest bough/ And have yourself a merry little Christmas now"
The song/carol came alive by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet me in St. Louis. Garland’s character sings the song to her little sister (played by Margaret O’Brien) to cheer her up after they find out they were moving to New York.
The interesting story from the history is that the original lyrics were even sadder than the ones we know: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas/ It may be your last/ Next year we may all be living in the past.”
After Garland and director Vincente Minelli complained that the lyrics were too depressing, Martin changed them to: "Have Yourself a merry little Christmas/ Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight"
- Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
By Charles Wesley
"Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!/Hail the Son of Righteousness!/Light and life to all He brings/Ris'n with healing in His wings"
This Christmas carol first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley. Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet is "Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings."
The interesting piece of history from the carol is that it did not start life as such, and required at least four people to bring it to its current form. Wesley's original, written as a Christmas Day hymn and first published in 1739, is made up of ten four-line verses, rather than the longer eight-line verses with refrain which we have now. George Whitfield,Martin Madan and William Hayman Cummings contributed to the present day song.
- White Christmas
By Bing Crosby
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas/With every Christmas card I write/May your days be merry and bright/And may all your Christmases be white"
The song was introduced by Bing Crosby in 1941. On Christmas, 75 years later, the magic of this carol hasn't faded away still. Among Crosby’s vast catalog of nearly 1,700 recordings, “White Christmas” is the one that most stands out.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Crosby’s version of the Berlin song is the best-selling single of all time, with an estimated 50 million sales since its debut, and it’s been covered by nearly every major artist you can think of.
The piece of history associated to this beautiful carol is that in 1941, 18 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bing Crosby was on the air with “The Kraft Music Hall,” a variety radio program he hosted for a decade. He announced that he would be debuting revered songwriter Irving Berlin’s newest tune, White Christmas, a Christmas song that was to be the musical centerpiece of Crosby and Fred Astaire’s upcoming vehicle “Holiday Inn.”
- Silent Night
By Father Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber
"Silent night, holy night!/Son of God love's pure light./Radiant beams from Thy holy face/With dawn of redeeming grace"
Amongst the most recognized and cherished Christmas Carols, Silent Night was composed in 1818 in the small Austrian village of Oberndorf, then part of the Austrian Empire.Originally ‘Stille Nacht’, its lyrics were written by a young priest, Father Joseph Mohr two years before they were put to music by a local organist Franz Xaver Gruber, who went on to compose numerous other carols – though none as popular.
From the bucketful memories for this song, interesting part is that it has been translated into an estimated 300 languages but is most well known for being the song which led to the informal Christmas truce of 1914, after British and German troops heard each other singing it in their respective languages.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
By Roger Whittaker
"On the second day of Christmas/my true love sent to me:/2 Turtle Doves/and a Partridge in a Pear Tree"
This heart-touching Christmas carol is said to have came in 1558 to 1829. Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly at that time, and is said that someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
However, others say that the song, published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin.
The piece of history tells that the song was used by Roman Catholics in England to covertly express their faith under the many historical phases of prejudice against their faith in the country. The different creatures were said to represent different biblical characters and articles of faith.
However, this has never been proven and remains a theory.
It most likely came about as a memory game, as singers have to remember all the previous verses.