This classic Christmas carol also brought about a truce during the Franco-Prussian War. Unlike "Silent Night", this song was actually controversial. It was banned in France after it was discovered that it was written by a Jew, Adolphe Adams, and an atheist socialist, Placide Cappeau. The song still remained popular and on Christmas Eve in , a French solider was said to have sung the song on the battlefield.
A German responded with a song from Martin Luther. Fighting stopped for 24 hours after this. Read the full story on Shared. Log In Sign Up. While some had thought that this was a reference to the three wise men traveling to Bethlehem, a glance at a map and land-locked Bethlehem proves this false. Instead, this carol is thought to be a song about the three ships carrying the bones of the Magi to Cologne, Germany, in the 12th century.
This song pays homage to the wassailing tradition in the late middle ages, when groups of young men in disguise would visit the wealthy and basically threaten them if they weren't given food and beer. This is dark stuff.
This carol was sung during a medieval play The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors , which was performed on the feast of Corpus Christi. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Getty Images. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Steve Coogan. Rugby union.
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Christmas Carols, the History and Origin
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Featuring a reimagined version of the title song, which Bing Crosby introduced in Holiday Inn over a decade earlier, White Christmas was intended to reunite Crosby with Fred Astaire for their third Irving Berlin showcase musical. Astaire declined the project, and eventually Danny Kaye starred instead, as an aspiring entertainer alongside Crosby.
The resulting film was a box office smash and a subsequent classic. Astaire missed out. Though this made-for-television film is far from the most famous reimagining, it is one of the best — thanks in no small part to perfectly pitched performances from Patrick Stewart and Richard E Grant. Sick of playing juvenile roles, Judy Garland nearly turned down her role as the lovesick Esther Smith in this musical comedy. When she finally agreed to do it, the production was marred by her erratic behaviour — she would regularly turn up to set hours late, or not turn up at all.
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