Case W2 - Christmas Music and Songs 2
Favourite hymns and carols. London: Methuen, 1982.
Carols for Christmas. London: Gollancz in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1983.
Carol our Christmas: a book of New Zealand carols. Raumati Beach: New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, 1996.
Carol our Christmas is a collection of contemporary New Zealand carols published in 1996. In the past, carol singing in New Zealand drew chiefly upon Northern Hemisphere traditions, with a winter theme. While certain poets had written of Christmas in the southern summer, it was not until Willow Macky’s Te Harinui (1959), starting with ‘Not on a snowy night’, that New Zealanders began to compose their own carols.
Written by prominent New Zealand hymn-writers Shirley Murray (words) and Colin Gibson (music), “Carol our Christmas” tells of “an upside down Christmas” where “snow is not falling, and trees are not bare.”