Merry Christmas! Many of the original settlers of the U.S. Appalachian mountains came from Scotland and Ireland. Telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve is an unusual but time honored tradition in Appalachia. It is said that animals kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve and bees hum all day on January 6.
The haunting tune of And the Trees Do Moan depicts the sorrow and lamentation as Herod’s soldiers fulfill his order to take the firstborn in every household.
This arrangement is great for intermediate level pianists of all ages. It is perfect for correlating music into social studies projects etc, as well as, for world music themed programs, camps, and activities. Information on the traditions of Appalachia is included.
This song is also included in the volume of carols from around the world, Passports: Christmas.