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It is now Christmas Season. Many of the familiar Christmas Carols are actually Classical in nature. I did not originally that a lot of this is of Classical nature.
I must comment that like many people I do not like the fact that Christmas is being secularized! I love many of the Holiday TV specials. SEveral that are of a religious nature have not been seen for years. Such as Little Drummer Boy, Nestor The Long Eared Donkey and the Frosty episode where Frosty gets married and they build a "snow parson" Christmas is about the birth of Christ. Not materialism.
Many of the beloved carols come from the Christmas Masses and services that were held during Christmas. As Mentioned hark the Harold and O Holy Night are from well known classical composers.
No Christmas is complete without listening to Hanlde's Messiah or Tchiakovsky's Nutcracker. Silent Night, O Holy Night, The First Noel are some of the best loved ones. Some of the lesser known ones are The Coventry Carol, Noel We Sing and Gabriel's Message.
The latter one is of Basq origin and became popular in the 19th century. The Basqs are a minority people in Spain and France. Their language is not part of the Indo European Family of languages. This carol has become more popular in recent years. Especially after Sting made a recording of it in the 1980's.
The Coventry Carol is very haunting. It refers to the slaughter of innocents by Harrod after Jesus was born. there are several good versions of this one.