The History of Christmas Music

Christmas is considered a time for universal love, hope and happiness. In this mood of hope and great joy, the Christians take this season as a time to reflect on their Saviour's birth, and the hope of salvation brought to all people. As Erma Bombeck put it, it's a time for the adults to become children too. Although the Christmas time has been largely characterized by stressful last-minute shopping, the real spirit of Christmas ought to be one of reckless joy. Here's a good read about  Cool Yule Lead Sheet, check it out! 

Besides the Christmas buzz comes the wonderful songs that set the joyful atmosphere. Christmas music has witnessed a lot of change in theme from the age-old narrations of the Saviour's birth being announced to a group of shepherds to what it mostly is today. It all dates back from the recent 20th-century hits such as Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong to the days when stories about Santa Claus began dominating during Christmas. Most modern Christmas songs are filled with tales of Santa Claus, his reindeer sledge and the bags full of toys. To gather more awesome ideas on  Louis Armstrong Christmas Music,  click here to get started. 

The advent of Santa Claus-based Christmas songs began in Netherlands and Belgium through one Saint Nicolas. He was nicknamed "Sinterklaas", or "De Goede Sint", referring to him as the "The Friendly Saint". In commemoration of the friendly saint, celebrations would be held every year on December 6th, whereby people would give gifts to one another. During the 16th to 17th century period, protestant Christians changed the gift bringing culture and based it on the born Saviour, "ChristKindl". In this line, the dates for the same changed from December 6th to the 24th.

The title, "Sinterklaas" changed into the famous "Santa Claus" in 1773 in the North American states, under British colonization at the time. Following this title change was the change in apparel from that of a bishop to the famous red and white fluffy suit. A book was published in New York, 48 years later, with the title, "A New Year's present, to the little ones from five to twelve". Amidst its contents is a poem dubbed, "Old Santeclaus", which describes an old man bringing gifts to children while riding on a reindeer sleigh.

St. Nicholas is again described in another poem dubbed "A Visit from St. Nicholas", better known by many as "The Night before Christmas". The poem highlights the common traits known about Santa which include riding on a sleigh and landing on roofs. Santa then mysteriously enters the house through the chimney while carrying his loaded bag of toys. St. Nicolas is portrayed as a chubby, round, happy old man with a nice, round belly which shook in cue with his laughter.

The tale behind most of today's Christmas songs is indeed worth telling. Kindly visit this website  for more useful reference.