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Monday, December 24, 2012

Today it’s Christmas Eve! Christmas carols are sung on the mornings of Christmas Eve (VIDEO)


In Greek Orthodox tradition, carols are sung on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) and on Eve of Epiphany (Jan. 5). The lyrics for these days are different. Groups of children go from house to house in their neighbourhood singing the carols. The Singing is accompanied by the playing of triangles. 

Householders hear them through and reward the children with a small amount of money or with seasonal sweets. The lyrics shown below are the "standard" ones sung in cities, although there are several regional variations, which are typically longer and make use of local dialects.

The lyrics of the Christmas Carol follow.


Good evening to you noblemen
And if it is your wish
In praise here at your mansion,
Of Jesus' birth I'll sing. 

Jesus Christ was born today
in town of Bethlehem
The skies above rejoicing
All nature satisfied.

T'was in a cave that he was born
And in a manger laid
The king of all the skies above
And maker of all things.

Angelic hosts are singing
All glory be to God
And holy be to shepherds
And to their faithfulness.

From Persia are arriving
Three magi with their gifts
The brightest star has led them there
No hour have they delayed.



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