Is Christmas really next week? I guess I should get busy shopping for the people on my list! It sounds like a joke, but in reality I usually end up running late shopping for someone...or everyone some years. What can I say? Life intrudes!
In the mid-17th century, the English government headed up by Oliver Cromwell banned the singing of Christmas carols, claiming the practice was “pagan.” Thankfully, by 1660 sanity had been restored, paving the way for Victorian-era songs like “Silent Night,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “O Holy Night,” as well as later modern American classics like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Silver Bells,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”