I thought it would be interesting to show a few pages from the book in my December posts
This page shows the hymn God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with a French Happy New Year postcard
The hymn is very old traditional, I found this about it
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys. The lyrics of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are traditional olde English and are reputed to date back to the 15th century although the author is unknown.
It is believed that this particular carol was sung to the gentry by town watchmen who earned additional money during the Christmas season. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen continues to be enjoyed. The lyrics to this simple carol are reputed to be one of the oldest carols.
The carol is referred to in Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol', 1843: "... at the first sound of 'God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!', Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost."
Thank you for all the comments yesterday about the Crib displays.
And a special PS to Elaine.......They are gorgeous, love them. Thank you so much.