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The world’s most widely known Xmas carol is ”Silent Night”, which is sung in many languages all over most of the globe. The song originates from Austria, but enjoyed great recognition as early as the First World War, when soldiers on each side of the frontline laid down their weapons on Christmas Eve and sung the carol, “Silent Night”, across no man’s land.

 

O Come, All Ye Faithful”, the traditional Christmas carol, is said to have a very long history, but it most likely originated from the 1700’s and was written by John Francis Wade (1711 – 1786).

 

One explanation for the term, “Christmas carol”, originates from England. According to this English story, a young girl named Carol got lost in the streets of London on a cold winter night. In an attempt to find her, her friends went from house to house similar to the way carol singers do during Christmas. After this episode, the term “Christmas carol” supposedly became widespread.

 

Another explanation for the term "carol" is that the word comes from the Greek dance, “Choraulein”, which is accompanied by flutes. Later, the Frenchmen replaced the flutes with singing and named it, “caroller”, which means, “to dance around in a circle”.

 

The tradition of singing carols is said  be traced back to the monk, St. Francis of Assisi. He introduced the singing of carols in church ceremonies.

 

 

 
 

 


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Tin Whistle - notes for We Wish You A Merry Christmas for D Tin Whistle (22KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Jingle Bells #1 for D Tin Whistle (22.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for O Christmas Tree for D Tin Whistle (22.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Away in a Manger for D Tin Whistle (22.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Angels We Have Heard On High for D Tin Whistle (22.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for When A Child Is Born for D Tin Whistle (22.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Jingle Bells #2 for D Tin Whistle (23KB)

Jingle Bells (As Gaeilge) - focail don amhrán traidisiúnta (25KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for D Tin Whistle (24.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Ding Dong Merrily On High for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Joy to the World for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for O Come All Ye Faithful for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for O Holy Night for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for O Little Town of Bethlehem for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for The Holly and the Ivy for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for The Little Drummer Boy for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for The Twelve Days of Christmas for D Tin Whistle (24KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for The First Nowell for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Good King Wenceslas for D Tin Whistle (24.5KB)


Tin Whistle - notes for Winter Wonderland for D Tin Whistle (23.5KB)

Tin Whistle - notes for Silent Night for D Tin Whistle, including notes for tin whistle harmony (25KB)


Booklet of Christmas Carols (149KB)

Christmas Carols - words of carols for a nativity play/service (37.5KB)

Christmas Carols - booklet of mostly traditional carols (151KB)

Christmas songs - words to three modern Christmas songs (49.5KB)