Seven more days until Christmas! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year (though, tied with football season in my book). Once more we delve into the days of yore as we look at the origins and history of yet another seasonal favorite, “Deck The Halls!”
The origin of Deck The Halls is one of collaboration and evolution as opposed to a firm date of creation. The song’s earliest roots stretch back to the 16th century and the Welsh winter carol “Nos Galan (New Year’s Eve)” from which Deck The Halls adopted its famous melody and iconic “fa la la” repetition. The modern lyrics to the song, however, are not simply an English translation of the original Welsh, but entirely new lyrics penned by musician Thomas Oliphant and originally published in 1866 under the title “Deck The Hall” (singular). The tune spread prolifically in the 18th century thanks, in no small part, to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who used it in a piano and violin concerto.
In 1994, the Red Hot Chili Peppers jokingly released what is possibly the most… “interesting” version of the carol as a very rare 7″ promo single to radio stations. It included the band’s 1989 single “Knock Me Down” as its b-side.
Be it Boxcar Willie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, or a more traditional version, we hope you enjoy this Christmas classic and look forward to sharing more with you over the next few days. Peace and joy, my friends.