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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.
This evergreen carol is a mash up of Christian and pagan imagery. In ye olden times, during the winter, song contests were held between men and women in villages. The chaps would sing carols praising the macho holly and dissing the feminine ivy whilst for the women it was the other way around. There was usually a happy ending though as the two groups would eventually join together in harmony under the mistletoe.
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