An Old-and-New Carol for Go Caroling Day

It is widely believed that caroling on Christmas started in 1223 at the church of St. Francis of Assisi. He thought that it was better to sing songs full of joy and fun during the holidays, instead of solemn hymns. He also started the live nativity scene. Caroling has been around even longer than Christmas itself, as it was a part of many earlier religious observances and practices.

The Friendly Beasts – illustration by Sharon McGinley

One of the oldest carols is “The Friendly Beasts” – which has come down from sometime in the 12th century from an unknown composer in France. The modern English lyrics, written by Robert Davis, were first published in 1934, though the lyrics were known before their publication.

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