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.