Christmas Carols and Hymns: All 'Merican

During the Advent season and on Christmas, I enjoy the American tradition of listening to and singing our wonderful home-grown holiday carols and hymns.

Hearing Silent Night, is a moving experience.

Wait, that one is of Austrian origin?

Well, Good Christian Men Rejoice is excellent.

Oh, that is a mix of German vernacular and 14th Century Latin?

We still can claim Angels We Have Heard on High, right?

No? An 18th Century French tune, you say? Hmm.

Don't tell me Joy to the World.. written by Isaac Watts... You mean Isaac was English?

Ok, so we Americans have borrowed from the fine talents of those around the world to musically celebrate the holiday of Jesus Christ's birth--though we did contribute Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear among other tunes to the mix.

A little known children's carol, another from outside the US, has become a favorite of mine. Curoo Curoo or Carol of the Birds traces its history back to 18th century Ireland:

Full many a bird did wake and fly
Curoo, curoo, curoo
Full many a bird did wake and fly
To the manger bed with a wandering cry
On Christmas day in the morning
Curoo, curoo, curoo
Curoo, curoo, curoo

The lark, the dove, the red bird came
Curoo, curoo, curoo
The lark, the dove, the red bird came
And they did sing in sweet Jesus' name
On Christmas day in the morning
Curoo, curoo, curoo
Curoo, curoo, curoo...
Merry Christmas everyone and safe travels to those on the road over the next few days. I hope you get a chance to sing some of those 'Merican carols...

*Note: This is verses one and two of the carol, the full lyrics can be found here.


Lipstick said...

very educational! I like the words to the Carol of the Birds too-thank you for sharing that. It was new to me until your post.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
I also love this carol.

I think my favorite is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, though. It's full of quiet confidence.

Happy Christmas,
Ann T.

mrsofficer said...

Merry Christmas Slamdunks! I hope you spend it with all your loved ones:)

A Doc 2 Be said...

See Amid The Winter's Snow - King's College Choir... simply exquisite!

Merry Christmas!


Boss Luar Biasa said...

ho .. ho .. ho ..
Merry Christmas!

Stephanie Faris said...

What about Jingle Bells? That seems like it would be American. Maybe not... Okay, well at least Jingle Bell Rock, right?!

J. J. the Grinch said...

Christmas is not my time of the year, but have a Meery Christmas.

(Bah, Humbug)

torn blazer said...

I love "white christmas"

have a good one

James (SeattleDad) said...

I didn't hear enough of these great carols this year. Perhaps I will get a better collection of them for next year.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

LOUD n PROUD said...

wow didnt even know any of that!I like Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul Mccartney.
Happy Holidas!