Today, most of the carols we sing date from Victorian times, but Carols were as popular in Elizabethan times as they are now. We think of carols as songs for Christmas, but originally, carols (from the Latin carula, meaning a circular dance, later a song) might be sung at any time of year, to celebrate Christmas, Easter, the Annunciation, Saints’ Days, or other religious festivals; also for general merry-making – to welcome in the Spring, or for hunting and drinking. Wynken de Worde printed the first book of carols in England in 1521, and books of carols were printed throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries. These were usually books of words, without any written music as the carols were most often set to popular tunes like Greensleeves.
How many of these traditional Tudor Christmas carols can you find in the grid? How quickly can you find them?