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
Format: Double Sided Booklet of 20
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.