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What's the difference between a Carol and a Hymn? (Original Post) Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2011 OP
How about a guess? PETRUS Dec 2011 #1
Never thought about it before; but how about this?: Aristus Dec 2011 #2
Hymns are religious songs. Pab Sungenis Dec 2011 #3
A hymn is based on ancient legend. A carol is based on old songs. HopeHoops Dec 2011 #4
A Carol doesn't really mention God, and Hymms are for singing in church. Mostly. Quartermass Dec 2011 #5
Carol is a her and hymm is a him... WCGreen Dec 2011 #6
Finally a sensible answer! Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2011 #8
Here's my take. 7wo7rees Dec 2011 #7


(3,678 posts)
1. How about a guess?
Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:49 PM
Dec 2011

Maybe carols are secular?

And on the other thing, I don't know what you're talking about. Practically every time somebody knocks it's Pirates of Penzance.


(64,879 posts)
2. Never thought about it before; but how about this?:
Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:50 PM
Dec 2011

We sing carols to each other; we sings hymns to God.

Make sense?


Pab Sungenis

(9,612 posts)
3. Hymns are religious songs.
Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:01 PM
Dec 2011

Carols are Holiday songs.

Not all carols are hymns, and not all hymns are carols, for the snark WAS a boojum, you see.


(5,128 posts)
7. Here's my take.
Sun Dec 25, 2011, 06:33 PM
Dec 2011

Carols are hymns.

Hymns which are not carols are to be sung in groups, reverently, earnestly.
Carols are to be sung in groups joyfully, merrily on holidays/holy days.

Those "Christmas carols" that have no reference to the birth of Christ, a la Jingle Bells, Frosty, Rudolph, etc. are all simply Christmas songs.

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