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Many of our most popular Christmas carols were written by that great composer Anonymous (who also wrote under his nickname, Anon). He also penned such favourite tunes as Greensleeves, God Save the Queen and Scarborough Fair - but it’s his Christmas hits that concern us here.
One of Anonymous’ most popular compositions. Dating back to France in the late 18th century, this seasonal ditty was reportedly used to help youngsters learn about Christianity – for example, the partridge represents Christ; the calling birds, the four Gospels; the Lords are the Ten Commandments – and so forth. There’s a rather different version in the west of France. It’s all about food! Among the delicacies sung about are four pigs trotters, seven spitted rabbits, eight plates of salad and ten full casks.
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