History Talk with John


Join John Maietta for his popular history talks!

Topic - Joy to the World! The Stories behind Our Favorite Christmas Carols

Folk tunes, pagan revels, and medieval hymns have all contributed to the musical treasure we enjoy every year during the Christmas season. This program presents the colorful stories behind twenty of our favorite Yuletide carols. Among other fascinating facts, you’ll learn who King Wenceslas really was… how a partridge got into a pear tree… why a Pennsylvania pastor immortalized the visit of the Three Kings to the baby Jesus...and how a snowy, starry night in an Austrian village inspired a beloved song of Christmas joy and peace.

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