There is nothing I dread so much, as a division of the Republic into two great Parties, each arranged under its leader and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This in my humble apprehension is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

— John Adams

Christmas Carols in Prose

Traditional Christmas carols are perhaps some of the most familiar text in the English language. I love singing them each Christmas, but for me the plain meaning of these old hymns often “hides in plain sight” due to the excessive familiarity that comes after a lifetime of repetition. I’ve found that restating them in more modern, non-poetic text makes that meaning more accessible to my 21st century mind.

That’s why over the coming days I will be publishing 14 traditional Christmas carols that I have translated from the somewhat archaic poetic original into more-or-less-modern prose. (I’ve simply included all of the Christmas songs from the LDS hymnal.) I hope that you’ll find these beneficial.






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