Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Huron Christmas Carol
The "Huron Carol" (or "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime") is a Canadian Christmas hymn (Canada's oldest Christmas song), written probably in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie to the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song's original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). To this day, the song is a common Christmas hymn in Canadian churches of many Christian denominations. It is also found in several American hymnals, to include those of the Episcopal Church, the United Methodists, and Evangelical Lutherans.