Country Living (UK) - - A Month In The Country -

Wrapped up in woolly hats and win­ter coats, bear­ing lanterns and good cheer, Christ­mas car­ollers have been a sight in vil­lages and towns for cen­turies. The tra­di­tion of singers trav­el­ling from door to door is said to have started in the Mid­dle Ages, when rowdy war­blers were banned from singing in churches. In­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to was­sail­ing – when the wealthy would give treats, such as ‘figgy pud­ding’, to the poor singing on their doorstep – mod­ern-day choirs tend to be less avari­cious and their col­lec­tions gen­er­ally go to char­ity rather than to­wards fur­nish­ing their Christ­mas ta­ble. For more in­for­ma­tion about the ben­e­fits of carol singing, see Health Notes.

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