The History Of Christmas Caroling

Updated: Feb 9

By: Grace Pilkay

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Christmas Caroling is an oral tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. The first Christmas carols were written in Latin in the 4th and 5th centuries. As they were celebrated in the middle ages, we have written plenty of new traditional songs in the last 200 years. Originally, caroling was made to bring people together on the holidays, commemorating the nativity, or the birth of Jesus Christ. There are 135 Christmas Carols in all, some of the most known being “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, and “Away In a Manger”. Caroling involves groups of people, whether it was family, friends, a church, etc., knocking from door to door to sing the traditional Christmas songs to different families. As this tradition has died down, it still comes back around every year during Christmas time. Christmas would not be the same without caroling; without it, there would be a huge tradition lost that would take away part of the real important meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. At the beginning of this article, click the link to watch an example of what caroling is.


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