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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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John Rutter

English carol arranged by John Rutter

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General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular English carol from the West Country of England. In the comprehensive New Oxford Book of Carols (1992), editors Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott describe it as "English traditional" and "The remnant of an envoie much used by wassailers and other luck visitors"; no source or date is given. Various print and online sources date the carol to the sixteenth century, without giving a source.

The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as "figgy pudding" that was very much like modern-day Christmas puddings. A variety of nineteenth-century sources state that, in the West Country of England, "figgy pudding" referred to a raisin or plum pudding, not necessarily one containing figs.

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