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Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:47 PM

What's the difference between a Carol and a Hymn?

Disquieting minds want to know.

And if you can't answer that one, How come nobody ever goes around door-to-door singing show tunes?



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Reply What's the difference between a Carol and a Hymn? (Original post)
Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2011 OP
PETRUS Dec 2011 #1
Aristus Dec 2011 #2
Pab Sungenis Dec 2011 #3
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #4
Quartermass Dec 2011 #5
WCGreen Dec 2011 #6
Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2011 #8
7wo7rees Dec 2011 #7

Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:49 PM

1. How about a guess?

Maybe carols are secular?

And on the other thing, I don't know what you're talking about. Practically every time somebody knocks it's Pirates of Penzance.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:50 PM

2. Never thought about it before; but how about this?:

We sing carols to each other; we sings hymns to God.

Make sense?

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:01 PM

3. Hymns are religious songs.

 

Carols are Holiday songs.

Not all carols are hymns, and not all hymns are carols, for the snark WAS a boojum, you see.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:15 PM

4. A hymn is based on ancient legend. A carol is based on old songs.

 

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:41 PM

5. A Carol doesn't really mention God, and Hymms are for singing in church. Mostly.

 

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:46 PM

6. Carol is a her and hymm is a him...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 07:06 PM

8. Finally a sensible answer!

But now what do we do with Tommy Tune and Opera Winfrey?

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 06:33 PM

7. Here's my take.

Carols are hymns.

Hymns which are not carols are to be sung in groups, reverently, earnestly.
Carols are to be sung in groups joyfully, merrily on holidays/holy days.

Those "Christmas carols" that have no reference to the birth of Christ, a la Jingle Bells, Frosty, Rudolph, etc. are all simply Christmas songs.

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