Carols and Songs for Christmas

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| Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Christmas has always been my favorite festival, though the reason it is so has changed over the years, even today a smile appears on my lips when I think about the fun we had during Christmas. Among my memories I especially recall the Christmas my cousins and I sat practicing Christmas carols and songs so that we could go and spread some Christmas cheer (at least that's what all the grown ups thought), of course the real reason we were going out carol singing was to collect chocolates and candies! I haven't been carol singing for a long time now, but I always have cakes, juice and other snacks in store at this time of the year; that's just in case carol singers decide to pay us a visit.

History of Christmas Carols

To know more about the history of Christmas carols we need to turn to the Christian scriptures where there is mention of a word of spirits and nine choirs of angels, sent by God to humankind. According to legend it is in Bethlehem that people heard angels sing in unison to only announce the birth of Christ.

As time went by Christmas carols came to be sung by people other than church officials. All this was only because of St. Francis of Assisi, who is credited with being the "Father of Caroling." It was in 1223 that the saint placed a Nativity scene in a hermitage in Italy after which other churches followed. Soon people started acting out the events that took place on that Holy Night. They even composed carols and would walk the streets singing these Christmas carols. This is said to be the origination of Christmas street-caroling.

The term "carol" originated from a Greek dance known as "choraulein." This form of dance was originally accompanied by music from a flute and was later replaced by singing by the French. Carols were a part of many occasions before the 1660's after which Christmas became the chief festival for singing Christmas carols and songs.

List of Carols and Songs for Christmas

  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Away in the Manger
  • Deck the Halls
  • Do you hear what I hear?
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Here comes Santa Claus
  • I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Jingle Bells
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Joy to the World
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  • Oh Holy Night
  • Come all ye Faithful
  • O' Christmas Tree
  • Silver Bells
  • Silent Night
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
  • Let it Snow
  • Blue Christmas
  • I'll be home for Christmas
  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  • The First Noel
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • It came upon a midnight clear
  • God rest ye Merry Gentleman
  • Go, Tell it on the Mountain
  • Star of the East