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Carols and Christmas songs
Carols and Christmas songs
One of the most impressing Christmas traditions is carols. They were sung on December 21 O.S., the day of the winter solstice (Koliada Holiday). A Christmas carol is a little story about the birth of Jesus Christ. Carols were sung by our ancestors at the main winter holiday instead of the now familiar American "Jingle Bells" or the Soviet "The forest raised a Christmas tree”.
With the adoption of Christianity in Russia, this tradition evolved into the glorification of Jesus Christ. These texts often had no author, they could be literary not processed, but magnificent in their sincerity and semantic structure. They usually began with the chanting: "Christ is born, praise". The house owners welcomed the singers with sweets and coins.
All carols can be roughly divided into Christian (Christmas) and sowing (pagan). The first ones are dedicated to the Nativity of Christ: the kind of carols we are used to. The second ones are usually more archaic, associated with the pagan fertility cult.
Most likely, once folk customs mixed these parapagan and Christian motifs. But still, proclaiming Christmas joy to people and calling them to rejoice with choral singing is a tradition that comes to us from the Holy Scriptures, from Orthodox worship.
Silent night
Silent night! Holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin Mother and Child!
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, oh, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth!

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