An expert on Ukrainian music and folklore explains how holiday traditions celebrate both centuries of culture and present-day resistance.
Songs of the season – sacred and secular music alike – sometimes acknowledge that Christmas isn’t all joy.
‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ is now a treasured Christmas classic, but it didn’t start life that way – not in the UK, at least.
When you sing together, what you really get for Christmas isn’t just more socks or the latest techno gadget – it’s the real gift of joyful human connection.
Evergreens have long served as symbols of life during the bleakness of winter. But Queen Victoria spurred the tradition that has become a global phenomenon.
As you make your yuletide preparations, ever wonder where some of the season’s strange words come from? Well, our linguistic experts have the answers.
Fictional accounts of white Southerners make it seem like it was fun to be a slave on a plantation at holiday time. Many of today’s tours repeat such stories.
Farming and habitat destruction have caused the species to disappear from large areas of Europe.
Two centuries on, this beautiful prayer for peace still brings people together around the world.
Over 200 years ago, an Austrian priest teamed up with a schoolteacher to perform the first rendition of ‘Silent Night.’ Little did they know that it would one day be sung in over 300 languages.
The tradition of carol singing at Christmas appears to be going through a revival and it’s bringing communities together.
If you find yourself humming White Christmas this year don’t worry … you’re not alone – and the science of earworms suggests why.
Most children are not likely to believe that fish live on the moon. What makes children accept some stories and be skeptical about others?
Good Christian Men, Rejoice dates from the 14th century; O Come, All Ye Faithful may contain covert Jacobite symbolism and Silent Night is now UNESCO recognised.
Under David Willcocks, the Nine Lessons and Carols became world famous.
The carol ‘Silent Night’ has been translated into 140 languages and renditions have been sung by everyone, from Bing Crosby to Chewbacca. This is the story behind its success.