Blog by Joel Pridmore

During the build up to Christmas this year, I’ve been wondering why we call certain songs we sing at this time carols and what the meaning of carol is in this sense. I decided to do a little internet research to find out more.

It seems that carols were not originally confined to Christmas at all! They were songs of celebration – and specifically songs that made people dance – not something often associated with Once in Royal David’s City! Carols were often associated with worship – but not necessarily always or originally relating to Christ.

But our carols ARE Christmas Carols; songs that celebrate Jesus taking on human flesh, born to reconcile man to God… this is something truly worth dancing about!

This truth is also something that is not confined to Christmas. Christ is with us and promises to be with us everywhere and always.

May 2018 be a year of joy (and maybe a little dancing?) as we continue to grow in our knowledge of The Lord in our homes, communities and churches.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” (Matthew 2:10)