Christmas carol music has been associated with the Christmas season since time immemorial. In fact the Christmas carols form an integral part of the Christmas season and hence no Christmas celebration can be regarded to be complete without the Christmas carol music. Keeping this fact in mind, it wouldn’t be surprise to know that the oldest of the Christmas carols were put together in the 300s. This would make the Christmas carols about 1,700 years old.
‘Of the Father's Love Begotten’, written by Aurelius Prudentius is considered to be the first recorded Christmas carol. Since then many Christmas carols have been composed and sung by many Christmas leaders for the festival of hopes. During the times of Renaissance, many carols were written by the Italians as well as by the St. Francis of Assisi. Christmas carols came into limelight when the renowned inventor Johannes Gutenberg formed his own printing press in the year 1447.
Though at this time the puritans were not very happy with the Christmas carols and hence the Christmas carols were not that popular. Some of these carol sheets were even burnt by the puritans and from the year 1649 to 1660 in England, these Christmas carols were banned altogether. The popularity of the Christmas carol again increased in the year 1742, when George Frederich Handel performed the carol ‘the Messiah’ and performed that song in Ireland.
‘Silent Night, Holy Night’, Joseph Mohr, wrote another popular Christmas carol in the year 1818, which again led to the increased popularity of the Christmas carol music. Since then numerous Christmas carols have been composed as well as sung till date.