A very merry Christmas song is “Deck the Halls” dating back to the 16th century when the melody and lyrics came from “Nos Galan”, a New Year’s Eve song. Later the lyrics were transformed into “Deck the halls with boughs of holly.” The musical makeover was created by Thomas Oliphant who was a Scottish folk music scribe. His version of the song was published in Welsh Melodies, Volume 2. Oliphant became a renowned translator of songs and a lyricist for the court of Queen Victoria. His version is the one we most commonly sing today and other lyrics have been changed to “Don we now our gay apparel.”
The saying “Deck the Halls” simply means putting up the Christmas decorations. The word deck means “decorate”. This phrase comes from a traditional carol dating back to the 16th century. The idea behind it is to decorate halls with holly tree branches which was an old tradition.
My absolute favorite saying is “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle”. You all know that tinsel is the shiny metal foil used to shine up the Christmas tree. This saying simply means to keep yourself calm and not get stressed out.
“Meet me under the mistletoe” refers to the Christmas tradition of hanging up a branch of mistletoe beneath which two people have to share a kiss. This tradition goes back to the ancient Roman winter festival called Saturnalia. In Victorian times this was associated with a marriage proposal.
So as you’re decking your halls don’t get your tinsel into a tangle and meet your loved one under the mistletoe.