How did these songs become known as 'Christmas Carols'?
Here is one urban legend that reportedly reveals these origins... and it is a tragic one. Merry Christmas!
Carol Poles is missing
It was a week before Christmas of that year that a young local girl named Carol Poles went missing.
With a killer loose on the streets and plenty of other seedy characters in the district people greatly feared for Carol's safety. Official investigations turned up no clues - empty buildings and parklands were searched, waterways were dredged and people were questioned but no one knew where Carol was or what had become of her.
Frustrated, many from the community banded together in order to go house to house to see if they could discover the girls whereabouts.
Young Carol was never found but the community never gave up. Each year, starting just before Christmas, groups would travel door to door, singing the songs in tribute, and asking for any further information about the poor missing girl.
The tradition continues to this day, the act of singing door to door now named Christmas "Carols" after the missing young Carol Poles.
There you have it, the origins of Christmas Carols...
Or is it?
Well the fact that the singing of carols was instituted in churches in Truro Cathedral, Cornwall, in 1880 and that Charles Dickens novella 'A Christmas Carol' was first published in 1843, points to the fact it is probably not... still it is a nice macabre story for Christmas.