In earlier times, Carols were aligned with paganism; they were songs accompanied by dance, performed during the winter solstice - the 21st and 22nd of December - the shortest days of the year in the Northern hemisphere.
With the arrival of the early Christians, carols were converted into songs of praise.
Most were written and sung in Latin and were not properly understood by the masses.
By the middle ages (1200’s) most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether.
This was changed by St Francis of Assisi, when he introduced the nativity play in Italy.
Historically, however, more changes lay ahead. When the Puritans ruled in 1647, carol singing was stopped, but survived nonetheless, as they were sung in secret. Later, the concept of minstrels emerged; bands of singers who wandered through the lanes, knocking at peoples doors with song.
In today’s society, visuals of children singing in the snow, stand in juxtaposition to half-clad, sweltering children shaking empty jam tins for money.
Let us back-track in time to when an early carol, “Good King Wenceslas” was popularized.
Who was this Character? History tells us that he was a Catholic Duke of Bohemia, and in the Carol his compassion is shown to a suffering peasant by handing over pine logs to burn for warmth.
Log fires, mittens and hot spiced wine (gluehwein) are all truly significant of Christmas in colder climes. In southern countries heat is more likely felt, along with the introduction of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, not only in culinary dishes but with beauty products being infused with these exotic fragrances too.
MatsiMela Home Spa’s indulgent products are a fine example of how delightfully fragranced skin and body care can be. Delight in our Litchi and Rose, or Ginger and Lime ranges during the summer months, and your skin will sing with gratitude.