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The Secret History Behind These Timeless Christmas Carols

Christmas carols are like the pieces of funky furniture you grew up with: They’ve been there for so long—and you’re so completely used to their presence—that you’ve never actually stopped to think about how on earth those things got there in the first place. But the truth is, many of the most iconic and timeless carols—you know, songs including wonderfully anachronistic words like “Hark!” and “Ye”—have utterly fascinating and surprising origin stories. Read on to learn more—and rest assured that you’ll never be able to hear the lyrics for “Do You Hear What I Hear?” the same way again. And for more fascinating Christmas trivia, don’t miss The Reason Why Christmas Colors Are Red and Green!

The Secret History Behind These Timeless Christmas Carols

Singing Christmas carols is a tradition known by all, but where did these songs come from? The truth is some weren't even meant to be Christmas songs.