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Carolling is not about religion – it's about community

https://theconversation.com/carolling-is-not-about-religion-its-about-community-88794

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Carolling is not about religion – it's about community
The tradition of carol singing at Christmas appears to be going through a revival and it's bringing communities together.

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Community singing is on the rise again

Community singing is on the rise again

Until recent times, community singing was thought to have decreased in popularity, suggesting less of a sense of tradition than there used to be.

But in recent years, there have been signs of a revival in community singing, suggesting people want to get involved again.

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The history of carols

  • Carols are thought to be originally pagan songs performed to a circle dance celebrating calendar customs. They gradually became associated with Christian religious festivals, such as Christmas and Easter.
  • Christmas carols are not necessarily about religion. People connect carols with the sense of tradition and community more than a religious association. The main strength of carolling is people coming together.

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Caroling: the community feeling

Christmas is one of the few times people feel they can sing together. Christmas songs are one of the few remaining national repertoires.

As you go in from a cold night into a warm pub full of people who want to share the songs, you gain a deep sense of pride and connection, and you're sharing the traditional with past and future generations.

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