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Grace Note for December 9, 2015

Did you know that the famous “fa-la-la-la-la” of the Christmas carol, Deck the Halls, originally referred to the sound of the plucking of a harp?

This carol is a traditional Welsh melody, for which singers would make up verses to accompany the tune as they danced in a circle around a harp player. The phrase “troll the ancient yuletide carol” in the first stanza of the song actually refers to this practice of singing the melody of “Deck the Halls” as a round, similarly to how we sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” today.

“Deck the Halls” is one of the few carols that focuses on the decorations and festivities of the season rather than the nativity story. That said, here are some trivial facts about the celebrations of Christmas.

As you prepare for the holidays, think of this joyful song and remember to give thanks for the good food, beautiful decorations, and fun family traditions of Advent and Christmas. And don’t forget to give thanks for the best gift of all, Jesus!

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