The new word for this week's inchy was set by Fiona today and it is 'song'. Taking into account the time of year I chose to depict Carol Singers. The image was taken from a tatty Ladybird book, the background is music paper, and finished off with torn paper edging (meant to look a little bit snowy?).
There's a lot of information in those 1960's Ladybird books, and this is what mine says about Christmas Carols......
A carol is a hymn which is full of joy and happiness. The word comes from the French 'carole', which was a dance, and long ago in England this word meant a dance used to celebrate the shortest day of the year.
An early history book tells that about a hundred years after the death of Jesus, the Pope wanted people to sing in the memory of the birth of Jesus. But the first Christmas hymns were not popular because they were sung in Latin, and only the priests could sing and understand them.
It was at St Francis' Crib at Graecia, that carols were first sung in the language that ordinary folk could understand. The actors at Graecia composed carols to sing with the play. When the service was over, the singers strolled home singing, and so street carolling began.
The singing of carols, in words that could easily be understood, spread to other lands. In England, carols were sung by minstrels in the halls of the great lords, and later by street singers. And so today this tradition is carried on in house-to-house carolling by groups of children and church choirs.
Here endeth the lesson!