Silent Night, The Christmas Song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – we’ve sung and enjoyed these and countless other Christmas carols and songs for as long as we can remember. Yet most of us know very little about the history and meaning of this music. We’ll identify the difference between a Christmas Carol and a Christmas Song and examine who wrote the lyrics and melodies, why they were written, and what they really mean.
Using audio and visuals, we’ll discover which Christmas carols and songs are: sacred worship, secular entertainment, teaching tools, marketing gimmicks, anti-war protests, or political commentary. And the artists whose recordings transformed Christmas carols and songs into Billboard hits also will be featured. Join me as we explore music for “The most wonderful time of the year!”