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viernes, 2 de diciembre de 2011


If you wish to know a brief summary of the story of Christmas carols, by Mandy Barrows, click here, and if you feel brave enough to go through the whole story, you should read it in Why Christmas?.

History.com tells us about the origin of the most relevant carols and of course, about Jingle Bells, which was not composed to be sung at Christmas but on __________________ Can you find it out after watching the video?

My students are singing these carols this year

1 & 2 ESO

Jingle Bell Rock

3 ESO 

Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you're in town.

Later on, we'll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we've made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

  • The blue bird mentioned in the second verse is a symbol of summer, so this is why in the it is gone away.

  • A parson in the bridge is a protestant minister, and Parson Brown is a figure of speech , i.e. a nomen nescio (I don't know the name), un tal as we say in Spanish, or Fulano, Mengano o Zetano
  • Conspire, by the way, is just "talk" in this context.


Deck the Halls

  • Deck the halls means "decorate your houses", 
  • 'tis is a contraction of "it is" 
  • Don we now our gay apparel means "wear your funny clothes".
  • Troll means "sing" 
  • Yule was a Celtic festival during the winter solstice in which a log must be kept burning for twelve nights, expecting that the sun will bring back its light. After those twelve days, when Celts thought the sun to be still, days will become longer and longer.
  • Lads and lassies are "boys and girls"


Shake Up Christmas

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