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History of Christmas carols in the LDS hymnbook

"There's something in our human DNA that needs to rejoice and raise our voices in song," said Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University and former music director for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. "I think it's an ancient, ancient, ancient tradition of the human race."

The word "carol," as defined by Merriam-Webster, is actually an old round dance with singing. Christmas carols, in particular, draw from deep roots of ancient celebrations of the winter solstice. Countless authors and composers have penned poems and scored tunes that have withstood time, carrying the celebration of Christmas around the world.

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