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Monday, 28 December 2015
Y is for Yuletide
A dictionary definition of yuletide is the period extending from December 24 to January 6. Yule is a "a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christianised reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide."
Here's another description.
One Christmas song that use the word is Deck the Halls - "Troll the ancient Yuletime carol." What does that mean?!
"According to the OED, one of the meanings of 'troll,' in use since the 16th century, is 'to sing in a full, rolling voice; to chant merrily or jovially.'"
Another Yule reference is in The Christmas Song, perhaps better known as Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire: "Yuletide carols being sung by a choir."
You can hear and read about the song here.
This is a lovely story about co-writer Mel Torme.
Posted by Roger Owen Green at 15:56
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Music... in whatever form can be very comforting and that is what i wish for, especially in this time with all the sadness that arounds us.ReplyDelete
Yippee! Thanks for the clarification of yuletide and other words!ReplyDelete
Please note post #2, and the loss of our regular contributor Berowne.ReplyDelete
Oh no, we have lost Berowne? How sad. May his memory be a blessing. How good to leave behind so much writing.ReplyDelete
I'm still listening to christmas music! Enjoyed your postReplyDelete
My post is autumnal, but I have to say our winter e=weather is very much like our autumn weather this year, just wetter.
Happy Yuletide, indeed! And Happy New Year included, too!ReplyDelete
My "Y" today is for the YARRA River, here in Melbourne.
January 6 has always been the last day of Christmas for us. :-)ReplyDelete
I had been working on Yuletide for a few days, like minds I guess.ReplyDelete
What a great Y word! I'm still listening to Christmas songs. Thank you for visiting my blog!ReplyDelete
Interesting info on Letter Y.ReplyDelete
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Had no clue that Troll could have anything but the ugly meaning we associate it with.ReplyDelete