Secrets your parents never told you about the history of Christmas carols & songs
Discover some of the fascinating legends and realities that surround the traditional songs of the Christmas season. Carols used to be sung all during the year, but only the tradition of singing Christmas Carols has survived. The songs began when early Christians took over the pagan solstice galas for Christmas. They substituted Christian words with familiar melodies. Over the centuries the words and meanings of the songs have changed. Victorian industrialization made thinking about home during the holidays a ritual. Some melodies and verses were never intended to be Christmas songs but they worked. There is much more to these stories, join us for a 50-minute talk about the secrets you never knew about the history of Christmas carols & songs.
About the Speaker: John has been telling the stories of history for over a decade. He is a skilled historian having published seven historical books ranging from women working in WWII and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. Nickolai Sikorsky wrote the foreword to his Helicopter Evolution book and Prince William was kind enough to write a letter about his copy of the book. He is an honorary member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization. John hails from a career in IBM corporate marketing and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.
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