Becoming popular and loved by all, music is a staple of the holiday season. It has been around since the beginning of time, as it can be as simple as a pleasant sound combined with others to form some sort of beat. Music is a large part of life, and is found everywhere. Grocery stores, radio stations in the car, and places such as the nail salon are always playing holiday music throughout the season.
Holiday music is a part of the holidays that everyone seems to love. However, it was introduced in Ancient Rome and not many took an interest in it, as it was written in Latin. The further expansion of the genre of music was not until the ninth or tenth century, and done so mostly by Christians. Even then, they were not new songs, but changed lyrics to melodies that are similar to the popular ones of the time. In the thirteenth century, St. Francis of Assisi added music behind the rhymes and translated them to the language of the listeners (Information from the Journal of Alabama Chanin) This raised the music’s popularity because the listeners could then hear the lyrics and enjoy them.
“Oh Come Emmanuel” was a song introduced in the twelfth century, but not popularized and translated until late 1800s. “The First Noel” dates back to the thirteenth century, followed by “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” in the sixteenth cent
ury. Also known to be made in the sixteenth century was “O Christmas Tree” which was the second most popular holiday song coming from Germany, the first being “Silent Night.” England brought many songs to popularity through the 1700’s, “O Com
e All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,”and “Holly and the Ivy” (Information from Psychology Today).
Popular songs currently and their introduction dates include “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949), “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (1962), “Joy to the World” (1956), and “Frosty the Snowman” in 1959 (Information from Alabama Chanin).
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Information from the Journal of Alabama Chanin and Psychology Today Blog