DAY 6 TREAT (DEC. 6, 2014):
It's the 6th Day. Must be time for French music. Let’s consult The New Oxford Book of Carols, shall we?
Words and languages change. In the late Middle Ages, nouvel an indicated the New Year, the time when carols were most usually sung. That phrase became corrupted to nouel and by the 16th century to noël, and the current use of a noël as a Christmas song was established. Nouvelet can mean both ‘news’ and ‘newness.’
Noël nouvelet, meaning a newly made song for both the New Year and the newly born infant-King, will be performed in 7 days.
That’s all the nouvelet for now. Good night and good luck.
TEMP: An Early Christmas in Europe