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This article needs additional citations for verification. Christmas, and which is traditionally sung on Christmas itself or during the surrounding holiday season. The first known Christmas hymns may be traced to 4th-century Rome. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Christmas “Sequence” or “Prose” was introduced in Northern European monasteries, developing under Bernard of Clairvaux into a sequence of rhymed stanzas. In the 13th century, in France, Germany, and particularly, Italy, under the influence of Francis of Assisi a strong tradition of popular Christmas songs in regional native languages developed. Many carols which have gained popularity today were printed in Piae Cantiones, a collection of late medieval Latin songs which was first published in 1582.
This was a consequence of the fact that the Lutheran reformation warmly welcomed music. The publication of Christmas music books in the 19th century helped to widen the popular appeal of carols. The singing of carols was further popularised in the 20th century when OUP published one of the most popular carol books in the English-speaking world, Carols for Choirs. Today carols are regularly sung at Christian religious services. Some compositions have words that are clearly not of a religious theme, but are often still referred to as “carols”.
For example, the 16th-century song “A Bone, God Wot! A modern form of the practice of caroling can be seen in “Dial-A-Carol,” an annual tradition held by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wherein potential audiences call the singers to request a performance over phone call. It is not clear whether the word carol derives from the French “carole” or the Latin “carula” meaning a circular dance. In any case the dancing seems to have been abandoned quite early. Traditionally, carols have often been based on medieval chord patterns, and it is this that gives them their uniquely characteristic musical sound. Compositions continue to be written that become popular carols. For example, many of the carols written by Alfred Burt are sung regularly in both sacred and secular settings, and are among the better known modern Christmas carols.