The Milestones of Christmas Music


All around the world, Christmas is seen as a time to share in love, joy and hope.   For the Christians, it's a time to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and reminisce in the milestone down the threads of history that brought hope to humanity.   As Erma Bombeck chimed in her two coins on Christmas, she described it as a time to forget all of one's adult routines and become a child for once.   Rather than worry themselves sick over last minute shopping and huge expenditures, it ought to be a time when all they care about is the joy of the season. Read more great facts on Cool Yule Lead Sheet,  click here. 


Other than the hectic Christmas activities, the Christmas Carols make the season worth celebrating.   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.   Right from Louis Armstrong Christmas music which defined the 20th century back to days when Santa Claus themes ventured into Christmas.   Santa Claus features most of modern-day Christmas songs which describe him carrying a bag full of gift-toys while riding his reindeer sleigh.


The stories of Santa and Christmas began at Netherlands and Belgium, through one bishop known as Saint Nicolas.   As a favourite of many, he had nicknames such as "Sinterklaas" or "De Goede Sint", which means "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".   With this effect, the date was changed to the 24th of December. Please  view this site  for further details. 


In the year 1773, Sinterklaas was changed into "Santa Claus" in the North American British colonies.   Following this title change was the change in apparel from that of a bishop to the famous red and white fluffy suit.   Close to fifty years later, a book titled, "A New Year's present, to the little ones from five to twelve" was published in 1821 in New York.   Amidst its contents is a poem dubbed, "Old Santeclaus", which describes an old man bringing gifts to children while riding on a reindeer sleigh.


The character of St. Nicholas is illustrated further in the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which is better known today as "The Night before Christmas".   The common characteristics known of Santa are illustrated in the poem including riding in a sleigh, which lands on the roof.   Santa then finds a way into the house and into the children's room through the house chimney with his bag full of toys.   St. Nick is illustrated as a chubby, plump, jolly old chap with a protruding round belly that danced like a jelly in a bowl whenever he laughed.


The tale behind most of today's Christmas songs is indeed worth telling.