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December 2, 2012

The First Noel

Good Sunday Morning!

I love music and this version of 
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem 
is really beautiful.

and The First Noel

I guess you can spell it Noel or Nowell. I didn't know there was more than one way to spell it.
I did a little research and here is an excerpt from what I read.

 The word “Nowell” is indeed an Anglicized version of the French word for Christmas, “Noel,” he says. However, all historical evidence indicates that the song emerged from the remote Cornwall region of southwest England in the mid 16th century. Whether the name was changed by a Francophile publisher or just a lazy typesetter seeking a shorter word is unclear, but sometime between 1870 and the early 20th century, the switch was made. Regardless of how or why it happened, the new title stuck and confusion over the birthplace of this much beloved carol has reigned ever since.

I hope you have a blessed Sunday and a beautiful week ahead! 

December is here and I know we're all in the countdown mode for Christmas. 

Remember the reason for the season!


  1. How interesting. I had no idea of it's origin! Thanks for the history lesson.

    Susan and Bentley

  2. I never knew there were different ways to spell Noel! Interesting post and beautiful, too. I enjoyed listening to the music. xo

  3. Oh, I meant to say what a fabulous header!!! Is that our blogging buddy "elf" hard at work again? ;-) xo

  4. What a beautiful post, Liz. My daughter's married name is Noel...so I am always looking for NOEL things for her for Christmas. Blessings to you- xo Diana

  5. Your nativity vignette is gorgeous!!!! I had no idea there was more than one way to spell Noel...I guess you learn something new every day :o)

  6. A lovely post, Liz! Thank you for sharing the history on the word Noel. I find things like that fascinating.
    Have a happy Monday!
    ~ Wendi ~

  7. Your Nativity set is so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!


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