Dating country songs
Apart from the first song which commemorates an actual ritual of thanking the Grain Goddess for the grain, most of these songs are seasonal, and not specifically religious in character.There are three main groups of songs here: Songs of Holly and Ivy, especially traditional for the decoration of the houses, and a reminder that life continues even when much of nature seems to have died.
Also these Yule songs would make a nice CD to play at the Winter Solstice to dispel the gloom of winter because all of these songs are cheerful and very pretty.
There are 18 songs here, numbered for convenience, plus a few more added in.
I had always heard that there were many Christmas songs which were Pagan in origin, but when I tried to find out more about this, I found it very difficult.
As with everything else about Paganism, much nonsense has been written, most it by Christians, but some of it by Pagans.
Be that as it may, I list here the best Yule Songs that I could find in English which might have a Pagan origin; however, many of them are not so much Pagan as simply seasonal.
I have included a little bit of information about the customs, and also I give some of the Yule Song Lyrics on a separate page.
There is a good performance of This Endris Night on You Tube, performed by the St.
John the Evangelist Parish Choir at a Christmas Concert. It was customary in Scandinavia at the Winter Solstice or whenever the weather is particularly harsh to offer sheaves of grain to the wind, referred to as Odin’s horse by putting them on the windowsill. Any edible seed will do, millet and black sunflower seeds being usual nowadays. Thou Merry Man Here is a traditional song to welcome the season of Yule.
It can be put in a bird feeder or just sprinkled on the snow. This is a mummers’ song which people sang and acted out.