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We Wish You a Merry Christmas is said to come from the West of England in the 16th century, but almost nothing else is known of this carol.
The song reflects the Christmas tradition of showering gifts on the people who wandered from house to house, singing Christmas carols.
Figgy pudding, mentioned in the song, was once an important part of the Christmas celebrations. In English history, it was traditional for carolers to go around singing at homes. In exchange for the gift of music, homeowners often provided treats to the carolers. By asking for figgy pudding, the carolers were lightheartedly requesting their treats.
A small collection of the most popular English songs for kids and Christmas carols. Choose your favourite one, then listen and sing! You can also download and print song lyrics and music sheets.