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US #5247-50

Christmas Carols

Contemporary Christmas Booklet

 

 

Value:  49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever

Issued:  October 5, 2017

First Day City:  New York, NY

Type of Stamp:  Special

Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America

Method:  Offset 

Format:  Double Sided Booklet of 20

Self-Adhesive

Quantity Printed:  900,000,000 stamps

 

Traditionally, Christmas carols were deeply religious, sung in Latin, and focused solely on the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Today, many Christmas songs, both religious and secular, are known as carols.  Some songs associated with Christmas do not specifically refer to the holiday at all, but of winter activities, the season, and celebration.

During the 13th century, Francis of Assisi brought on the popularity and tradition of carols by having them sung in an understandable language.  He sang these primarily on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Now, however, Christmas carols are played over the radio, often lasting from beforeThanksgiving until Christmas is over.

In 1914, during WWI, there was an unofficial “Christmas truce” along the Western Front.  The Germans put small Christmas trees outside their trenches and sang popular Christmas songs.  Although the language was foreign, the tune was familiar to everyone.  Before long, the French and English troops began to join in, singing in their own language.  Previous enemies were walking out of trenches for small gift exchanges, soccer games, and even haircuts.  This truce lasted until New Year Day. 

Christmas carols can ultimately lift spirits, showing the power behind these familiar nostalgic songs.

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US #5247-50

Christmas Carols

Contemporary Christmas Booklet

 

 

Value:  49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever

Issued:  October 5, 2017

First Day City:  New York, NY

Type of Stamp:  Special

Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America

Method:  Offset 

Format:  Double Sided Booklet of 20

Self-Adhesive

Quantity Printed:  900,000,000 stamps

 

Traditionally, Christmas carols were deeply religious, sung in Latin, and focused solely on the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Today, many Christmas songs, both religious and secular, are known as carols.  Some songs associated with Christmas do not specifically refer to the holiday at all, but of winter activities, the season, and celebration.

During the 13th century, Francis of Assisi brought on the popularity and tradition of carols by having them sung in an understandable language.  He sang these primarily on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Now, however, Christmas carols are played over the radio, often lasting from beforeThanksgiving until Christmas is over.

In 1914, during WWI, there was an unofficial “Christmas truce” along the Western Front.  The Germans put small Christmas trees outside their trenches and sang popular Christmas songs.  Although the language was foreign, the tune was familiar to everyone.  Before long, the French and English troops began to join in, singing in their own language.  Previous enemies were walking out of trenches for small gift exchanges, soccer games, and even haircuts.  This truce lasted until New Year Day. 

Christmas carols can ultimately lift spirits, showing the power behind these familiar nostalgic songs.