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December 2009 Volume 1

THE HURON CAROL

Illustration by Frances Tyrrell
lyrics and sound: The Huron Carol

According to Huron tradition, a Jesuit missionary priest named Fr. Jean de Brebeuf wrote the Hurons' first Christmas Carol,  "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime," in 1640 or 1641. The Hurons had a particular devotion to Christmas, Fr. Brebeuf said. They built a small chapel of fir tree and bark in honour of the manger at Bethlehem. This became the "stable" where Jesus was born.
Some Huron tribal members travelled days to be there for the Christmas celebration.

 

 

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