Animal abuse is nothing to celebrate in song or otherwise. Fortunately, some Christmas carols do not need to be veganized, since, in their popular form, they are already free from cruelty and violence.
One such carol is “Deck the Halls.” The basic lyrics were written in 1862 by Thomas Oliphant to an existing Welsh tune. Oliphant’s lyrics have been slightly modified over time to reach what is now the most recognized form, appearing below. Sing on!
Deck the Halls
Lyrics by: Thomas Oliphant (as modified in version appearing in Pennsylvania School Journal in 1877)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
‘Tis the season to be jolly,
Don we now our gay apparel,
Troll the ancient Christmas carol,
See the blazing yule before us,
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Follow me in merry measure,
While I tell of Christmas treasure,
Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Sing we joyous all together,
Heedless of the wind and weather,