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The History of Christmas Carols


Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebration as people danced round stone circles. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually around the 22nd December. The word Carols actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! … Continue reading


Prayer for the Drummer and Fifer


Bless those who play the drum and fife As they play the songs of life. Brave musicians boldly led As ancient armies marched ahead. Into danger, risking all To keep alive their battle call. So keep us marching, drum and fife. As we face our storms and strife. Give us courage every day, Remember why it is we play: Beat … Continue reading


The Three-Cornered Hat – Francis Mores Adlington – 1789-1884


I like the old man with the three-cornered hat; It reminds me of 75 When the hearts of our fathers went pat, pit-a pat And Liberty scarce was alive.

I like the old man with the three-cornered hat; And the honest old visage that shows under that. It bids me remember the tales I have heard, The aged report of … Continue reading


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