Saturday, July 31, 2010

Christmas in July--Event's end...Carol of the Bells

So...we have come to the end of Christmas in July=O(  
I have really enjoyed this month of Christmas posts which included 2010 TV Christmas movie releases, Christmas literature, crafts, and a wonderful royal icing (for sugar cookies) tutorial.  And, of course, a wonderful guest post from Ryan at Wordsmithonia.  Also, we must not forget the giveaway! I will be drawing the winners tonight after midnight.  I will announce the winners here and will also email the winners.

And now I leave you with some lovely trivia (and the lyrics) about one of my favorite Christmas carols:

Carol of the Bells

Carol Of The Bells Lyrics

The Carol of the Bells lyrics were added to the original folk music from the Ukraine by Peter Wilhousky. The lyrics and words to this popular Christmas song celebrate the festive season and its traditions such as the pealing of church bells at Christmas and of the singing of Christmas Carols - caroling. The original Ukrainian lyrics to the song was entitled Shchedryk meaning bountiful and were traditionally sang to celebrate the New Year.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Carol of the Bells

Trans Siberian Orchestra Carol of the Bells version of the song combines traditional, classical music with a modern heavy metal style. The Trans Siberian Orchestra Carol of the Bells rock opera version can be found on Christmas Trilogy CD by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra which combines "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Carol of the Bells". This Trans-Siberian Orchestra version of Carol of the Bells was dedicated to the spirit of humanity even when war ravaged places such as those on Christmas Eve - Sarajevo 12/24. Sarejevo is located in the region of the Ukraine where the Carols of the Bells originated.

Home Alone Carol of the Bells Christmas Song

The music from Carol of the Bells was featured in the movies Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York directed by Chris Columbus. These famous Christmas comedy movies use the song as the young hero Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is unintentionally left 'Home Alone' at Christmas by his family. The Home Alone Carol of the Bells music is used when young Kevin sets amazing and hilarious traps to capture the inept and stupid thieves Harry Lime (played by Joe Pesci ) and Marv Merchants (played by Daniel Stern). Next time you watch the movie listen to this popular Christmas music.

Carol of the Bells Lyrics

Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold.

Ding dong ding dong
that is their song
with joyful ring
all caroling.

One seems to hear
words of good cheer
from everywhere
filling the air.

Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o'er hill and dale,
telling their tale.

Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here.

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas.

On on they send,
on without end,
their joyful tone
to every home.

Ding dong ding... dong!

(Information obtained from

I hope you enjoyed Christmas in July as well! I'll see you on August 25th for my monthly Rudolph Day post.

Always in spirit....


  1. It's been a blast over the last month. It's kept me from getting too cranky because of the heat. I'm now counting down until Christmas.

  2. Thanks so much for all of the holiday fun. I've got some great ideas that I'm actually going to use for gifts as well as my own home. Sorry I didn't come through for you. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and then just did not find the time. Glad you and everyone else did!

  3. One of my favorite songs, and I love the TSO version!

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