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Donation of the Month

Christmas Carols song book, Selected and Arranged by Karl Schulte
Donor: Ruth Plum

“The first Noel, the angels did say”
While the early origins of Christmas carols and songs are difficult to pin down, Christmas festivities and singing dates back as far as the fourth century when Latin hymns were sung by early Christians. Christmas songs were introduced to European countries by the Christian Church as a way to convert the celebration of the feast of Yule and mid-wintermas to the celebration of Christmas. The word “carol” has come to be associated with yuletide cheer and singing, but the early meaning of carol simply meant song or dancing. Sacred tunes, Christmas songs, and carols came to be known in French as noëls which is derived from the Latin word for birthday. Today, carols are mostly associated with Christmas songs and holiday merriment.

“Here we come a-wassailing, among the leaves so green”
Christmas caroling, also known as wassailing, is a tradition in which groups of people visit houses during the winter holiday season and sing carols for the enjoyment (or displeasure) of the home’s residents. Originating during the middle ages in England, wassailing was a way for peasants to receive charities from the English Lords without having to submit to begging. Today, caroling has become a way to spread the holiday spirit and connect with people in your community. The use of Christmas carols as a means to obtain goodies and sweets is evident in the lyrics of “We wish you a merry Christmas.” In this carol, the singers demand the home’s resident to “bring us some figgy pudding” because they “won’t go until they got some.” Carols such as this one are used to encourage residents to be giving during the Christmas season, especially to those who sing holiday melodies.

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way”
Christmas carols that we love and sing today come from all over the world. Yet, some of the more popular carols were written and composed in the United States. Carols like "Jingle Bells," "Away in a Manger," "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," and even "O Little Town of Bethlehem" originated from the United States. The song “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was composed in 1868 by the Americans Phillip Brooks and Lewis H. Redner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The song was originally written for a Sunday school class as a Christmas song.


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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