The Christmas carol "Deck the Hall" originally comes from the Welsh New Year’s Carol called Nos Galan ("New Year’s Eve"). Nos Galan is about spending New Year’s Eve with friends. It’s also about not spending more than you can afford for the holidays! It was first published in 1794, though it’s much older than that, possibly dating back to the 1500’s.
The English carol "Deck the Halls" was published in 1862 and was written by Scottish musician, Thomas Oliphant. He put new words to the Welsh carol. His song is about both Christmas and the New Year.
Learn the Welsh Nos Galan here (with an English translation).
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