This fascinating book deserves a place of honor in every Christmas music collection! For 50 beloved traditional tunes, readers will learn the story of how the song came to be, the author and the historical setting, then be able to play a great arrangement of the song! Also includes: an essay on The Origin of Christmas Hymns and Carols; a Christmas music timeline and overview; Christmas music trivia questions & answers; the histories of six contemporary carols; an index of authors, arrangers, composers and translators; and much more! Songs examined include: Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, O Christmas Tree, O Holy Night"" Silver Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child Is This?, and more! ©2000.