Christmas and music are synonymous. Christmas carols have been a tradition for ages and rightly, for they make you feel joyful, blessed, and grateful all at once. Here are some carols to make you step back and think about what this season is all about. So, go ahead and dip into your soul as you sing with emotion and feel connected with one and all this X-mas. Moreover, you can sing these on your own. 

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1. Silent night 

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Are you feeling sentimental? This Christmas carol has warm and soothing tones that can make those cold, wintry nights cozy and peaceful. A sense of calm and quiet descends on listeners. This carol can take you into a ruminative mood. A chance to get in touch with your gentler side. Also, a good song to test your voice with higher pitches.

History: This song was written in 1816 by Joseph Mohr and the music was composed by Franz Gruber in 1818.

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Fun fact: We sing a translated version today. The original was written in Austrian-German Mohr’s native language. A version of Silent Night sung by famous American singer and actor, Bing Crosby, in 1935, sold 30 million copies!

Lyrics:

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight!

Glories stream from heaven afar;

Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!

Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night

Radiant beams from thy holy face

Son of God, love’s pure light

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

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2. O Holy Night!

Here is a classical Christmas carol to sing solo to test the strength of your voice and ability to reach high pitches. A touching song to listen to when you are in a mood to ponder. This peaceful, deep song has a soft melody and soulful lyrics. 

History: This carol is based on a French poem written by French poet Placide Cappeau in 1843 set to music by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The English version was written by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855.

Fun fact: Renditions by famous pop music singers such as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion have made this even more popular. 

Lyrics:

O Holy Night

The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees

Oh hear the angel voices

Oh night divine

Oh night when Christ was born

Oh night divine

Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming

Here come the wise men from Orient land

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger

In all our trials born to be our friend.

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name. 

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3. Oh Christmas tree

A song about a fir tree that became a Christmas carol, O Christmas tree is a soft solo piece that will fill the singer and player with devotion and joy. 

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History: The lyrics were written in 1824 by organist and composer, Ernst Anschütz. The tune is an old folk tune from the 16th century. 

Fun fact: The original is in German and is called O Tannenbaum (refers to a fir tree). We sing a translated version today. This song was not related to Christmas but was a traditional folk song about the fir tree. 

Lyrics:

O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in splendid beauty!

O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in splendid beauty!

Your branches green in summer’s glow

And evergreen in winter’s snow

O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in splendid beauty!

O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in splendid beauty!

O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in splendid beauty!

Your branches green in summer’s glow

And evergreen in winter’s snow

O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in splendid beauty!

4. Joy to the world

Here is a song to make you grateful for life’s blessings, to make you want to give back to the world by spreading happiness. A jolly and lively, yet deep and meaningful song, this carol will inject emotion, energy, and enthusiasm into the singer and listener, spreading joy as it promises!

History: This traditional Christmas carol was written in 1719 by the English minister and hymn writer Isaac Watts. The song is sung to an 1848 arrangement by American composer Lowell Mason. 

Fun fact: This is the most published Christmas hymn as of the late 20th century in North America.

Lyrics:

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;

Let Earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare him room,

And heaven and nature sing,

And heaven and nature sing,

And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.

5) Mary, don’t you know?

A soft, stirring, and soulful melody that prompts us all to think about how blessed we are in our lives. Put all your thought, feeling, and emotion into this one as you move and feel moved at once!

History: This modern Christmas carol was written by singer-songwriter and minister Mark Lowry, in 1984, with music composed by singer and instrumentalist, Buddy Greene in 1991.

Fun facts: There have been many recordings of these songs that have become extremely popular chartbusters. Many famous artistes including American Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton have recorded this song. 

Lyrics:

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy

Has come to make you new;

This Child that you delivered

Will soon deliver you?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Would calm a storm with His hand?

Did you know that your baby boy

Has walked where angels trod,

And when you kiss your little baby

You’ve kissed the face of God?

Mary, did you know?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear,

The dead will live again,

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak

The praises of the Lamb!

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Is Lord all creation?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy

Was Heaven’s perfect Lamb,

And the sleeping Child you’re holding

Is the great, the Great I AM?

Oh, Mary, Mary, did you know?

Keep in mind that as songs and language are always evolving, you may find variations from the versions you have heard, or the ones your friends and family are singing. Just go with it!

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We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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