How did it all start, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It all began about a few thousand years ago when pagan songs were sung to celebrate the Winter Solstice, around December 22, while dancing around stone circles. A carol, also called a “noel,” actually refers to a dance or song of praise and joy, and used to be written for all four of the seasons; however, the Christmas season has been the only one where the tradition survives.
Tips for Holiday Concert Season Survival
It’s that time of year again… the time when people love the sound of joyous holiday music to put them in the mood to celebrate with friends and family. Whether the songs are nostalgic, fun, reflective, or worshipful, no one can deny that music is a big part of what makes the holidays so magical.
Are you getting ready for Christmas, or are you getting ready for Advent? Advent is the season of expectant waiting and anticipation that is celebrated by most Western Christian churches beginning the 4th Sunday before Christmas Day.
There’s always discussion about when it is “acceptable” to crack open the first holiday CD and officially ring in the festivities of the season. Every family has their own traditions, but at our house, there was no Christmas music played on the piano or the stereo, sung or hummed, until after the Thanksgiving turkey was sliced and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was finished!
Halloween is the time of year where many of our fears and phobias come to life. Haunted houses, hay rides and corn mazes can be found in nearly every city. Horror movies dominate network TV. And let’s not forget to be very wary of the life-size butler holding a serving tray when you walk past him in the grocery store, as you know that at any moment you will be met with glowing red eyes and a good verbal accosting.