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“Good King Wenceslas”

By |2020-12-25T17:07:14-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Music|

"Good King Wenceslas" is a Christmas carol that tells a story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the Second Day of Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle [...]

“The World Turned Upside Down”

By |2021-04-18T16:47:06-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: American Revolution, Audio/Video, Music|

The World Turned Upside Down" is an English ballad. It was first published on a broadside in the middle of the 1640s as a protest against the policies of Parliament relating to the celebration of Christmas. Parliament believed the holiday should be a solemn occasion, and outlawed traditional English Christmas celebrations. There are several versions [...]

“The Gloucestershire Wassail”: A Carol for Epiphany Eve

By |2021-01-06T09:30:08-06:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Music|

"The Gloucestershire Wassail" is a traditional English carol associated with the eve of Epiphany, when revelers drank wassail punch, a hot-mulled sherry- or brandy-based cider, sweetened with sugar and seasoned with other spices, and including yeast, apples, and toast. According to British Food History, "wassailing predates the Battle of Hastings and is thought to have [...]

The Seven Joys of Mary

By |2019-11-19T14:07:01-06:00January 1st, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Catholicism, Mother of God, Music|

Editor's Note: "The Seven Joys of Mary" (sometimes called simply "Joys Seven") is a traditional carol based on events in the life of the Mother of God. Though it was not originally connected to the Christmas season, it has become so with time. It should be noted that the joys described in the song differ [...]

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