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December 20 – The First Noel (A Christmas Carol Advent)





This carol is a traditional English Christmas Carol dating from the 18th century.  It was first published in its current form in 1823.

Commentary & Analysis

This song reflects on three of the preeminent events that people think of when they think of Christmas.  First, of course, is the birth of Christ.  “Born is the King of Israel” is the final line of each and every verse.  The first two verses discuss the angels’ appearance to the shepherds in the fields outside of Bethlehem to announce the birth of Jesus.  Although this song is fairly faithful to the biblical account, there are a couple of items in the first couple of verse which are not in the original stories.  First, there is no indication that it was a “cold winter’s night” on the night when Jesus was born.  Although many of here in the west dream yearly of a “white Christmas,” the Bible gives no indication of the weather on that historical night.  Secondly, although they may have seen it, the Bible does not indicate that the Shepherds noticed the star which later guided the wise men to Bethlehem.

The final three verses of the song deal with the wise men from the east that came to see Jesus.  Although much has been made of the wise men that came to see Jesus, and numerous songs have been written about them, the entire biblical account of their visit is as follows:

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