Christmas Carols

“His place of birth a solemn angel tells to simple shepherds keeping watch by night; they gladly thither haste, and by a choir of squadron’d angels hear His carol sung.”

-John Milton, Paradise Lost

From the first angelic choir over Bethlehem, carols have rung joyously through the centuries, sung by peasants and kings alike. Today, one of the surest signs that Christmas is coming is the music of carols, whether heard over a supermarket’s sound system, on the radio, played by professional orchestras, performed by church choirs, or sung by school children. Variations range from acappella solos to rich instrumental renditions, in both classic and modern styles. Read about the history of Christmas carols at

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