The lyrics of carols, and origins of the most popular Christmas carols are included on this site, together with additional non carols sections dedicated to Christmas songs with music like the ever popular "White Christmas" song and traditional Christmas poems & video of "Twas the night before Christmas" writer - Clement Clarke Moore.
Christmas carols are based on Christian lyrics and relate, in the main, to the Nativity. Christmas carols were introduced in to church services by St Francis of Assisi in the 12th century.
As for the word carols, "carol" is a derivative of the French word caroller, the interpretation of which means dancing around in a circle. Carol and carols, eventually came to mean not only to dance but included music and lyrics - hence Christmas Caroling.
The joyous themes for many traditional Christmas carols were banned in England by the staunch Protestant Oliver Cromwell and many of the very old Christmas carols and songs were subsequently lost for all time. Christmas carols were only fully popularised again during the Victorian era when they again expressed joyful and merry themes in their carol 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 Christmas carols grew in both countries in the 19th century.
Many Christmas traditions are relatively recent such as Santa Claus and reindeer and bear no relation to Christmas carols. We have reflected this in the unusual and beautiful Victorian Angel Pictures we have included for your pleasure and enjoyment. Today Christmas songs and carols are also fast becoming a tradition.
Merry Christmas and enjoy singing the wonderful words and lyrics to the Christmas carols & Christmas songs featured on this Christmas carols and songs website. Enjoy browsing our Christmas carols list and Happy Christmas caroling with some Christmas Sheet Music!