Xmas Carols

The lyrics and origins of the most popular Xmas carols are included on this site. Together with additional sections dedicated to Xmas songs with music including the ever popular "White Christmas" and traditional Xmas poems including "Twas the night before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore.

Christmas Songs index

 

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The Xmas carols are based on Christian lyrics and relate, in the main, to the Nativity. Xmas carols were introduced to church services by St Francis of Assisi in the 12th century. The word "carol" is derived from the French word caroller and the English interpretation of which meant dancing around in a circle. Carols eventually came to mean not only to dance but also included appropriate music with a Christian Xmas Nativity theme.

The joyous themes for many Xmas carols were banned in England by the staunch Protestant Oliver Cromwell and many of the very old Xmas carols were subsequently lost for all time. Xmas carols were only fully popularised again during the Victorian era when they again expressed joyful and merry themes in their lyrics as opposed to the normal, more sombre, Christian lyrics found in hymns. As religious observances in the United States and England were closely linked the  popularity of Xmas carols grew in both countries in the 19th century. Many Xmas traditions are relatively recent such as Santa Claus and reindeer and bear no relation to Xmas carols. We have reflected this in the unusual and beautiful Victorian Angel Pictures we have also included for both your pleasure and enjoyment. We wish you a Merry Christmas and enjoy singing all the wonderful words and Christian lyrics to the Xmas carols we have featured on this free festive Xmas Carol Website.

Angels from the Realms of Glory
Ave Maria
Away in a Manger
Christians Awake salute the Happy Morn
Deck the Halls
Ding Dong Merrily on High
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good Christian Men Rejoice
Good King Wenceslas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
I Saw Three Ships
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Christmas Sheet Music [new]
O Christmas Tree
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal Davids City
Silent Night
The First Noel
The Holly and the Ivy
The Wassail Song
We Three Kings of Orient are
While Shepherds Watched

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