I’m guessing the humble Christmas carol is probably low on your list of contenders, but in mid-17thCentury England, during the English Civil War, the singing of such things as The Holly and the Ivy would have landed you in serious trouble. “A Christmas carol brings people together. Christmas was on of them, but it wasn't just about Christmas. google_ad_height = 15; The classic Christmas songs being banned over 'inappropriate' lyrics. Christmas carols were banned between 1649 and 1660 in England by Oliver Cromwell who thought that Christmas should be a solemn day. Example: [Collected via e-mail and Twitter, November 2015] Saw on Facebook a post claiming that the President has banned Christmas trees at veteran centers. Ash Cant news.com.au December 2, 2018 11:41am He points out that Christmas offers a golden opportunity to reconnect through music. When Protestants, inspired by Martin Luther, took to the joy of Christmas carols, many had … It takes place on Christmas Eve and always begins with the carol, 'Once in Royal David's City' sung by a solo chorister. But the voices and festive spirits of English men, women and children were not to be so easily silenced. So when he and his followers overthrew Charles I they banned Christmas.Also, at the time Christmas was a more raucous celebration than it is now, with a lot of drinking and going door-to-door demanding food and drink ("Wassailing" wasn't as tame as it sounds in the Christmas carol). I don’t believe it is true, can you Communal singing of well-known carols offers an immediate connection across cultures and languages, putting aside any political backgrounds and bringing together a group of people for sheer enjoyment. The tradition of Christmas carols continued in the UK for another 225 years and only stopped when a new regime came to power. But on Tuesday listeners were shocked to discover the station had axed the popular carol, with Star 102 Cleveland’s website explaining why the radio station won’t play the song. Thought Police Carol along with these merry musical micro-aggressions while you still can! The tradition of carol singers going from door to door came about because they were banned from churches in the Middle Ages. //-->. In Philadelphia, a federal appeals court also upheld the ban, giving school authorities the right to exercise their “sound” judgment in creating an inclusive campus … Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of England from 1653 until his death in 1658 (Alamy). Christmas carols are special songs which are sung during the Christmas season. and who banned them? A radio station has come under fire after they decided lyrics to a much-loved Christmas carol were seriously inappropriate. From this point until the Restoration in 1660, Christmas was officially illegal. When America Banned Christmas. A radical Puritan and political figure of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Oliver Cromwell outlawed the public singing of carols in 1644. Counterpoint. Nowadays, there aren't many things that can do that.’. In Scotland the Presbyterians had secured a ban on Christmas celebrations as long ago as 1583, though they had not found it easy to put down snowballing, football, guising, carol-singing and other profane pastimes. Today, almost four centuries after they were banned, people will still, inevitably, gather joyfully to sing at this time of the year. by Mike McPadden 12/6/2015 by Mandy Barrow, ,