Have you ever wondered what some of the phrases in Christmas Carols mean. I’m in a festival mood, and was singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas. I got to the part where you sing Bring Me Some Figgy Pudding and a Cup of Good Cheer, and wondered what is Figgy Pudding. I’ve been singing the song for years and had no idea what it is. I have learned that it is basically a cake made from figs and walnuts.
I wondered what other carols I had been singing for years and didn’t know what I was singing. I found a few others. Here we go:
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining. (a nostalgic desire)
Away In A Manager – The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
And stay by my side and the morning is nigh, (Near in time or place)
Deck the Halls with boughs of holly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
‘Tis the season to be jolly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Don we now our gay apparel (Festive attire, party clothes)
Jingle Bells – Dashing through the snow On a one-horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go Laughing all the way. Bells on bob-tail ring ( tail of a horse that has been braided. It was also common to put bells on horses pulling carriages to warn pedestrians)
Over the river and through the woods Trot fast my dapple gray (a type of horse)
Spring o’er the ground just like a hound For this is Christmas Day.
Honestly, I have been mumbling lyrics for years because I can’t get past the first verse on most of them unless I have the written words in front of me. I have no idea why it suddenly dawned on me tonight that I didn’t know the meaning of some of the lyrics that I have been singing for years. I do know that Christmas Carols make me happy and put me in a festive mood. Happy Holidays!