History of Christmas Carols
Tracing Christmas carols history is tracing the decline of church religious
authorities in the affairs of man. The clergy used to dictate
not only religious but also state dealings in medieval ages.
Thus, with church hymns and hymnals as with other elements
of church rituals and activities, the approval of church court
Modernization of Christmas carols history came with the reforms
introduced by St. Francis of Assisi during the 12th century
when the songs leaned to the joyous taste of the masses than
with somber traditional hymns. Modern noels backslid with
the banning in the Protestant England by Oliver Cromwell.
Their popularity came back during the Victorian period, but
many of the traditional songs have already been lost and forgotten.
History of Christmas carols
Secular compositions in Christmas carols history became more
popular in the 19th century with the help of secular media
such as records, tapes, television, radio and cinema. Commercial
activities bolstered by advertising and the recent growth
of internet and computer media forever left the task of Christmas
composition to the control of the common people. Thus, carols
no longer have absolute religious connotations.
The verse-refrain pattern has been superseded by modern
genres in Christmas carols history. The elaborate arrangements
significant of classical music have not been added to the
modern Christmas songs. It no longer involves a saint, the
Christ child or the Virgin Mary, but with commonplace themes
that even reach the absurd and funny.
The Christmas traditions on carols in history have forever
changed to the secular peasant tradition of the times. It
probably is an acknowledgement of the folk customs which
constitute the foundation of ancient winter traditions of
the pagan religions. Whether the struggles of the Christian
church to superimpose Christianity over pagan customs failed
or not is an individual view. The minstrels of Christmas
carols history no longer trudge the dusty road, but the
modern equivalents to their songs travel the airwaves and
the internet highways with greater influence than even the
oligarchic medieval clergy.