Is Your Favorite Christmas Carol On This 19th Century List?

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Eleanor Rose

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Just for fun, here’s a list of carols written during or around the mid-19th century.

Angels We Have Heard on High (1862)
Come Buy my Nice Fresh Ivy or O’Carolan’s Lament (1849)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1833)
Good King Wenceslas (1853)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1855)
Jingle Bells (1857)
Joy to the World (1839)
O Christmas Tree (1824)
O Holy Night (1847)
Silent Night (1859)
We Three Kings (1863)
What Child is This (1865)

Is your favorite traditional carol on the list? Whether it is or isn't, please share your favorite carol with your CWT friends! I'll start us off. My favorite is "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." This carol is based on the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It reflects the despair of hearing Christmas bells during the American Civil War. I love that it ends with the bells ringing renewed hope for peace among men.
 

Kurt G

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I have several favorites based on the version performed . Robert Shaw Chorale for many . I like to listen to "Silent Night" in German . I never cared for "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" until I heard an amazing version by spiritandtruthart on YouTube . Lots of Civil War images and I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it .
 

Eleanor Rose

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I have several favorites based on the version performed . Robert Shaw Chorale for many . I like to listen to "Silent Night" in German . I never cared for "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" until I heard an amazing version by spiritandtruthart on YouTube . Lots of Civil War images and I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it .
Thanks Kurt! I haven't seen it so I'll definitely have to look it up. Merry Christmas!!!
 
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Thank you so much for posting these videos @Andy Cardinal and @connecticut yankee !!! I bet a lot of folks will enjoy viewing them. I know I sure will!

I have always enjoyed "We Three Kings" and of course "Silent Night"
Lovely choices! It isn't quite Christmas for me until I hear "Silent Night." Merry Christmas!!!
 
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Mark F. Jenkins

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Not my favorite, per se, but the composer of "Up On the Housetop," Benjamin Hanby, was from my home town. (He also wrote "My Darling Nellie Gray"; he and his father, both pastors, were noted local abolitionists.)
 

donna

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Some trivia on Carol, "I Saw Three Ships". It is said earliest version of the song from the 12th Century. It was later published in 1833, so could have been carol during Civil War times.

There are some theories on the ships. Some say they refer to 3 ships that bore relics of the Magi to Cologne Cathedral in 12th century. Or they refer to King Wenceslaus II whose coat of arms "Azure three galleys argent" Or That the ships are camels used by the Magi, as camels are often referred to as "ships of the desert".
 
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