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Some compositions have words that are clearly not of a religious theme, but are often still referred to as "carols".

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In any case the dancing seems to have been abandoned quite early.

The typical 3/4 (waltz) time would tend to support the latter meaning.

It was only later that carols begun to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas.

Many carols which have gained popularity today were printed in Piae Cantiones, a collection of late medieval Latin songs which was first published in 1582.

Christmas carols in English first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists twenty five "caroles of Cristemas", probably sung by groups of 'wassailers', who went from house to house.

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