A Canadian Christmas Song

The “Huron Carol”, also known as “Noël Huron” and “Canadian Christmas Carol”, is said to be the oldest traditional Canadian Christmas Song. It has been written in 1643 by the Christian missionary Jean de Brébeuf. Brébeuf, who was living for many years among the  Wendat/Huron people, a First Nations tribe of North America, was also a skilled linguist. And so he wrote this song in the native language of the Wendat people: its original title is “Jesous Ahatonhia” which means “Jesus, he is born”. However, it was not before 1926 that Jesse Edgar Middleton wrote an English version of this song: “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”. Listen to this real Canadian Christmas song, performed by Heather Dale in Wendat, English and French!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!




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