The Sans Day Carol

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US.

5 December: The Sans Day Carol

Words: Traditional


Music: Cornish Traditional

This beautiful Cornish carol first came to light during the 19th century. A Mr WD Watson, so the story goes, heard it sung in St Day – Sen Day in Cornish – a village named after a Breton saint. Watson wrote down the first three verses and chorus, naming the carol after the village. With an added fourth verse, it was soon published as ‘Ma gron war’n gelinen’ and translated into English.

December 1: Silent Night

December 2: The Lamb

December 3: Three Kings


December 4: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!