SING OUT A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy. Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing at Christmas has really survived.
Christmas remembering the birth of Jesus, then started to be celebrated at the same time of the solstice, so the early Christian songs instead of pagan ones. Can you find hidden in the grid below, all the names of traditional Christmas Carols.