After I posted below about my search for a really good recent carol to offer you today, fellow xanga-ite LikeWowMom suggested “Gabriel’s Message” by Sting. This was the song of the day on Monday, and (as those who read my blog every day and have total recall will know) has 19th century words and a much older tune.

I had also suggested John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music” as an example of a fine new carol. It has been pointed out to me that this song is actually a poem by Elizabethan poet Robert Herrick, set by the great Ralph Vaughan-Williams to a German tune from the same time period . Rutter just arranged it, as he has so ably done with so many other old yuletide songs.

If anyone has discovered an ancient pedigree for “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” please let us know right away.