The First Noel
The First Noel is one of the oldest Christmas folk songs going back to at least the 1600's. Probably written by an
illiterate man with limited knowledge of the Bible, simply because most people in those days did not receive a formal
education and Bibles were not in print for the common folk.
We cannot be sure who wrote it, but both France and England
claim it as part of their heritage. The spelling of the word "Noel" would indicate it to be French, however, England
claims the original spelling was the English version "Nowell". Whatever the spelling, NOEL means the same thing - it's
a joyful proclamation of the birth of Christ!
The singing of "The First Noel" and the lighting of the
yule log became tradition among the peasants in England and was passed down from generation to generation. It was not until
1833 that it was published and soon after was sung in Church services.
Would you like to learn more about the fascinating history of this and other Christmas carols? Then I highly recommend reading "The Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas" by Ace Collins.
The First Noel is now one of many beloved
Christian Christmas songs
that excitely announce the birth of Jesus Christ!
The First Noel, the Angels did say
They looked up and saw a star
And by the light of that same star
This star drew nigh to the northwest
Then entered in those Wise men three
Then let us all with one accord
John singing Christmas carols at Christmas Eve candelight service.