Grafting Christianity onto a Pagan Tree: Christmas Carols through the Ages
Since the Roman Empire converted to Christianity, the Christian message has grafted itself onto local folk cultures to support its spread into new territories, as well as to make ongoing popular appeals throughout the centuries. At the same time, the church has, in successive waves, attempted to suppress secular expressions of holidays. The history of the Christmas carol expresses this tension well, and, looking back, can be seen as a hugely creative dynamic. It's given us, in fits and spurts, fantastically boisterous folk carols sung in pubs and dances, as well as sublimely subtle reflections on the sacred. For this program, join our host Jennifer as we skip our way through history, listening to both secular and sacred renditions, often of the same carol.
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