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A History of Popular Christmas Carols and Songs

December 18, 2019 - Addolorata Villa

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Wheeling, IL – November 5, 2019 –The Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, part of the Franciscan Communities, will be hosting the fall Learning Institute program, “A History of Popular Christmas Carols and Songs,” presented in partnership with Harper College, on Wednesday, December 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is one of many enriching and entertaining educational opportunities available to Addolorata Villa residents and all local adults ages 55 and older.

Silent Night, The Christmas Song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—we’ve sung and enjoyed these and countless other Christmas carols and songs for as long as we can remember. Yet most of us know very little about the history and meaning of this music. We’ll identify the difference between a Christmas carol and a Christmas song and examine who wrote the lyrics and melodies, why they were written, and what they really mean. The artists whose recordings transformed Christmas carols and songs into billboard hits will also be featured.

With no required educational background, homework, or grades, the Lifelong Learning Institute provides great discussions, new friendships, and the joy of learning among peers. To secure your spot in this free program, RSVP with Liz Starman at (847) 808-4421. Seating is limited.