Francis of Assisi is often referred to as the father of Christmas carols. This dates back to the early 13th century when he held a midnight Mass in a cave in Italy. Prior to this night church music was very somber and the more serious it was, the holier it was thought to be. On this night though, Francis encouraged those attending the Mass to "tell of your Christmas joy in song."
It is said that night when the worshippers left Mass they were joyfully singing the songs which later became popular throughout all of Europe.
Have you ever gotten together with your family and friends and gone caroling? Many who may never enter a church will open their doors to carolers. They may not yet believe in Jesus being born as the Son of God, but for a season, they will praise His name in song!