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Traditional Christmas Songs

There are many Christmas carols that can be thought of as traditional, however, some individuals have specific definitions to this term. Some believe that a Christmas carol must contain a story about the birth of Jesus Christ in order to be a true traditional Christmas song. Although most traditional Christmas songs incorporate the religious aspects that are prominent in Christianity, not all Christmas songs contain the nativity scene or have any mention of Jesus at all. These traditional carols are very old and are often heard in churches during the holiday season. The religious Christmas songs are often about the birth of Jesus Christ, the nativity and other important aspects of Christianity. These hymns are still widely popular today and can be heard all across the globe.

Christmas songs are believed to have originated in Rome in the fourth century, making this the birthplace for the traditional Christmas hymns. Most people have not likely heard these first carols, but there are some churches in Europe that still perform them annually. Most traditional Christmas carols, that are still heard today, have been written in the 18th and 19th century. "Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)" is a traditional carol that is believed to be written around this time by John Francis Wade. This claim is often disputed by others who believe that this carol is much older. In 1833, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", "The First Noel", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "I Saw Three Ships", appeared in print for the first time in William B Sandys' Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern.

"Silent Night", which is a traditional Christmas song staple, describes the night that Jesus Christ was born. This song originated in Austria in 1818, with an English translation coming later in 1871. Other traditional Christmas Carols that contain lyrics about the nativity include, "O Holy Night", "Away In A Manger", "What Child Is This?", "Angels From The Realm Of Glory", and "Angels We Have Heard On High".

There are other traditional carols that do not fall under the religious umbrella. These secular Christmas carols focus more on themes that embody the Christmas season. One of the most popular secular Christmas songs is "Jingle Bells", which was published in 1857 under the title, "One Horse Open Sleigh". Other traditional secular songs include, "Deck The Halls", "The Twelve Days Of Christmas", and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".

Traditional Christmas carols remain the most popular songs to listen to during the Christmas season. Whether you prefer religious hymns or wintertime tunes, these traditional songs can be heard all over the world, whether its by children and parents listening to old songs while hanging LED Mini Lights around their house or people out on caroling in the street.