Wednesday, December 10, 2008

only 15 more sleeps

Advent Calendar - December 10

Christmas Fact:
The first carols were not singable songs at all, but ring dances. They were used to celebrate many occasions as well as Christmas, but were not allowed in church. As carols changed and became songs to sing, many of these folk songs, lullabies and hymns were written about Jesus’ birth. Legend says that St. Francis of Assisi first allowed carols to be part of a Christmas midnight service in the 1200s.

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” often sung at Christmas, was written by Aurelius Prudentius in the 4th century. It was set to plainsong in the 13th century. Imagine this caffeinated version of it about three times slower, sung a capella and in a cathedral with incredible acoustics.

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