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The histories behind our much-loved Christmas carols

Alexandra Coghlan


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Lesley Garrett and John Owen-Jones perform Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey, London on December 21. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Lesley Garrett and John Owen-Jones perform Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey, London on December 21. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Lesley Garrett and John Owen-Jones perform Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey, London on December 21. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

We sing them in churches, chapels, streets and schools every year, wrap presents and decorate our Christmas trees to their accompaniment, and know all the words by heart, but how much do we know about the stories behind our Christmas carols?

Here are just some of their histories, as related in a BBC Songs of Praise poll.


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