The Story Behind Deck the Halls
According to Wikipedia, The English-language lyrics were written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant. They first appeared in 1862, in volume 2 of Welsh Melodies, a set of four volumes authored by John Thomas, including Welsh words by John Jones (Talhaiarn) and English words by Oliphant. The repeated "fa la la" goes back to the earlier Welsh and may derive from medieval ballads.
The phrase "'Tis the season", from the lyrics, has become synonymous with the Christmas and holiday season. A similar archaic contraction is "'Twas the night before Christmas", from the first line of the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas"
Biblical Inspiration for "Deck the Halls"
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." ~ Proverbs 17:22
"Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” ~ Psalm 126:2
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." ~ Romans 15:13
Our Favorite Performance of "Deck the Halls"
Collection of Popular Christmas Hymns and Carols:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
The First Noel
Joy To The World
O Holy Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O Come All Ye Faithful
Go Tell It On The Mountain
What Child Is This
O Little Town of Bethlehem
We, Three Kings of Orient, Are
Away in a Manger
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Do You Hear What I Hear?
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
The Little Drummer Boy
Deck the Halls