I have recently been to several end of year celebrations featuring Christmas music these ranged from a traditional Anglican Festival of Lessons and Carols to an outdoor community singalong under the stars and a preschool Christmas concert. On my trips to the shops I have also been assaulted by Christmas music whenever I visit.
As a child I remember singing carols at school, hearing Christmas music on the radio and listening to Bing Crosby singing about a White Christmas on our record player but I cannot remember ever attending a function devoted to Christmas Music. Of course we sang a few carols at Midnight Mass. I turned to Trove to see what was going on when I was a youngster in the 1950s.
It was pleasing to find that carols were being sung in public all over the nation.
1950 - Emerald, Victoria
1951 - Tasmania
|1950 'ST. LUKE'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND', Record (Emerald Hill, Vic. : 1881 - 1954), 16 December, p. 5. , viewed 12 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164501056|
1953 - Queensland
|1951 'CHRISTMAS CAROLS', North-Eastern Advertiser (Scottsdale, Tas. : 1909 - 1954), 14 December, p. 7. , viewed 12 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article149413982|
1952 - Port Augusta, S.A.
|1952 'Port Augusta Carols December 21', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 3 December, p. 5. , viewed 12 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47516398|
1954 - Maitland, NSW
|1953 'CAROLS BY MOONLIGHT', Pittsworth Sentinel (Qld. : 1919 - 1954), 3 November, p. 3. , viewed 12 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198512847|
I also discovered that Carols were being sung in the Domain in Sydney in 1950.
|1954 'Maitland 'Carols' On December 17', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 22 October, p. 10. , viewed 12 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134094984|
|1950 'Carols By Candlelight', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 15 December, p. 7. , viewed 12 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18191555|
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