Silent Night, The Christmas Song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – we have 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.
During this program, participants will learn 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 video, we will discover which Christmas carols and songs are forms of worship, educational tools, secular entertainment, forms of protest, political commentary, or outright marketing gimmicks. 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!”