Born is the King: The First Noel

December 13 2020
Topic: Christmas
Drew Zuehlke

Speaker: Drew Zuehlke

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The First Noel was originally published by a lawyer in 1833. In a 1929 version, its famous refrain “Noel” was translated “Oh well” (What!?). The word “Noel” likely comes from the Latin “Natalis” meaning “Birth”. This means singing the chorus “Noel Noel Noel Noel” is really “Birth Birth Birth Birth”.