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Ever wonder? Aside from a song that is sung during the holidays, have you ever wondered what a “Noel” is? First, it’s a French word that roughly means “Christmas season,” and our English version comes from the Middle English word “nowel,” meaning “a shout of joy.”

If you dig way back into the etymology you’ll get to the Latin origination – “natalis,” meaning “birth.”

As for “The First Noel,” the song that is so popular during the holidays? “It was first published in a book titled “Ancient and Modern,” edited by William Sandys in 1823,” according to GotQuestions.org.

There are lots of words we associate with the music we listen to and sing at Christmas and other winter holidays and we seldom stop to wonder why. Let’s take a look at some of those.

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