Monday, 22 November 2010

Inchybyinch challenge - 'song'

Song
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!


17 comments:

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Joanna, I got your message on my other blog. I'm happy to share Matt with you! :o) Just help yourself xoxo

Oh I love your inchy by the way, it's so pretty!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Thanks so much for the excellent History lesson, enJOYed your itty bitty collage as well.
enJOY,
Kimberly

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

I just popped over to see Matt (sigh!)

SusieJ said...

Fab inchy,great History lesson..but...who is Matt?
Hugs,
Sue xx

she dreams big! said...

That torn paper DOES look just like snow! Great work AGAIN! Yeah, I want to know who Matt is too and just what part of him are you sharing?

Joanna said...

Matt is from the X FACTOR! Mmmmmmmm!!

x

Serenata said...

Love the inchy, very effective with the music paper background and snow effect you have achieved. The ladybirds are great aren't they? Enjoyed the history lesson ;-)

bad penny said...

Matt 4 me !
Bless 'em singing their hearts out ... I hope they are rewarded with a mince pie ! Lovely inchie Jo.
Thanks for the lesson too !

SusieJ said...

Thanks for the answer Joanna - I can honestly say that I don't watch X Factor - I'm a "Strictly" girl!lol

Heavens2Betsy said...

Fabulous Inchy Jo - it really conjurs up a festive scene. I love those Ladybird books. We have one about bees which is our favourite. Thank you for all the info. Such a pretty tale. Pen x

Lenna Young Andrews said...

I love your inchy and the lesson. Now this matt sounds rather interesting . . . . ; )) I don't have TV though!!! perhaps i should search the net for a photo! xo

missy k said...

Are Lenna and I the only people here that DON'T watch X-Factor? If he's that cool I may just have check him out to know what you are all drooling about!!!!!

Anyway, back to the inchy!!!! I love the carol singers little open mouths! I love the ladybird books and your little snippet!

Mondays are not going to be the same are they?

Love Karenx

bad penny said...

...Hell they all want a piece of Matt now !
It isn't that he is super duper handsome but there is something vulnerable & nice about him and of corse - his singing is very special !
He is a painter/ decorater isn't he ? Heard the funniest thing on a building site the other day - coming from the roof top in a very high pitched but male voice ... " Match matcho man " !!!

Katie said...

Wonderful inchie! It makes me want to go carolling!

Relyn said...

Love those carolers!

Kristin said...

Interesting and cute Inchie! I just finished Christmas Carol/hymm ATC's, gonna share them soon.

The Scrappy Tree said...

Fabulous! loving those pirates! The festive inchie is so cute :)
Gayle xx