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I don't think I had ever paid attention to the words of this song. I am still not sure I understand it.
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I love the falling snow on your son's carol site - how did you do that?
 
Read it and looked it up, and now believe I have the story of the song. Bascially the story goes that King Wenceslas was out during the Feast of Stephen when he sees a poor man struggling with the cold, so he takes his page and goes to help the poor. Along the way, the cold is too much for the page, so the king goes in front of the page to shelter him from the cold winds.
 
I believe the implication is that the king and page do reach him, but the story end with the two bravely fighting through the snow. Apparently the tune was originally a happy spring song which got merged with the unrelated ballad of King Wenceslas which is actually considered dark by comparison. Given that the king is considered a saint blessing the poor, I'm pretty sure it was meant to imply that the mission of mercy succeeded but only because of the king's kindness in helping his page.
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