Think you know Jingle Bells, 12 days of Christmas and Rudolph at the back of your hand? Here’s 5 things you least expect of these familiar tunes that fill the malls this wonderful time of the year.
- The music of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was written by composer Felix Mendelssohn. He didn’t intend it to be a church hymn. Mendelssohn wrote this piece for an event that commemorated the invention of printing.
- “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a code for 12 essential teachings to Catholics. The three French hens represent faith, hope and charity.
- “Jingle Bells” was originally intended to be a Thanksgiving song
- Jazz singer and composer, Mel Torme, and lyricist Robert Wells composed “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose….”) in 45 minutes on a hot July day. (This is creativity to the max!)
- Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer almost became Reginald or Rollo! (I think I’ll end up not liking Reginald the reindeer very much, and I can only picture Rollo to be a roly-poly, red-nosed one. I’m very glad it turned out to be Rudolph.)
Christmas Carols. Ellis, Sian. British Heritage; Dec2000/Jan2001, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p27, 3p, 2 Color Photographs.
Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paparutzi/2132994977/, last accessed on 20 December 2012.
Post contributed by Ms Verena Lee, Librarian