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Christmas Songs for Children

Updated on December 19, 2014

Christmas Songs for Children

Would you be looking for an original song for children to sing at Christmas? These songs are almost decades old, songs I wrote when I directed the children's choir at our church. I used old familiar tunes and wrote lyrics hoping the children would enjoy the upbeat tempos. As I recall, it didn't take long for them to learn the new words ~ and they had a good time singing! My hope is they can be enjoyed by others and passed along, retelling the wonderful story of Jesus' birth.

Please note: I am currently seeking permission to post lyrics to a couple of the songs that are not in public domain. I ask your patience! If I am granted permission, I will repost the lyrics. Thank you for your understanding!

All pictures by me (Bev Lemley) ~ all rights reserved

Before you know it, it's Christmas Time again! - The Holy Days of Christmas!

What a blessing to have the little ones learning and singing the beautiful story of the Holy days of Jesus' birth!

When do you start getting ready for the Holy-days?

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Ringing in Christmas ... - ...with Bells!

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"Jingle Bells" was originally "One Horse Open Sleigh," written in 1857, for the American Holiday of Thanksgiving. It was written by James Lord Pierpont. Bells were used on horses harnesses to warn others of their approach, as a horse-drawn sleigh is virtually silent. Thanks to Wikipedia for this great info ~ stop by there and read more interesting facts! Jingle Bells is now in Public Domain.

This version of Jingle Bells will surely ring in the Christmas spirit!

BELLS WILL RING

By Bev Lemley

(Tune of "Jingle Bells" )

Bells will ring

and Angels sing,

On that beautiful morn,

When our Heavenly Father

Sends a Savior to be born!

Bells will ring

and Angels sing,

On that beautiful morn,

And when the Father sends His Son,

Alleluias will be sung!

Alle-lu-iah! Alle-lu-iah!

Christ the King is born today

Let the Bells Ring Out! Oh!

(Children ring bells instead of sing for one verse.)

Bells will ring

and Angels sing,

On that beautiful morn,

And now our Heavenly Father

Has sent a Savior to be born!

(SHAKE BELLS JOYOUSLY!)

Traditional Christmas Songs

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That always bring joy and touches our hearts at Christmas

Away in a Manger

Accredited to J.E. Clark, Wikipedia

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;

The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,

The little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay.

STILLE NACHT

(Silent Night)

By Joseph Mohr, Music by Franz Xaver Gruber, Wikipedia

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!

THE FIRST NOWELL

(The First Noel)

Most likely traditional 18th Century English Carol

Wikipedia

The First Noel the angels did say

Was to certain poor shepherds In fields where they lay

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Noel, Noel! Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel!

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Joy to the World!

JOY TO THE WORLD!

By Isaac Wyatts, 1719, Wikipedia

Joy to the world, the Lord is come;

Let earth receive her King!

Let every heart prepare him room

And heav'n and nature sing,

And heav'n and nature sing

And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing!

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, and wonders of His love!

Christmas Tunes

Enjoy these Christmas tunes ~ turn these on to play while you read the rest of the lens!

Sing, Sing, Sing!

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Do you work with the children's choir or just love to sing?

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If you feed the birds, you've noticed the price of sunflower seed and peanuts have gone through the roof! I had to seriously reconsider how I feed the birds, but I didn't want to discourage them with empty feeders, either. Plus, we had a family of raccoons (the babies were so cute) that would raid the expensive seed every night! When the babies went separate ways, an opossum took over and ate it all up, too. So I just put enough out for the day, and that works pretty well. Anyway, To make this work, you still need to buy sunflower kernels, peanuts, and Finch Feast food or at least what you can afford out of that. The good news is, this recipe will make a bag(s) go a lot further. Experimenting and tweaking will help you get the amount you need to fix at one time down to a science. I make one batch that will last about four days. I have even had a Baltimore Oriole to visit lately! The bluebirds really like the raisins and peanuts, the cardinals the nuts and sunflowers. The downy and Hairy woodpeckers, titmouse, chickadees, black and brown-headed nuthatch, goldfinch,purple finch, flicker, mourning dove, bluejay, sparrows, pine siskins, juncos, wrens, brown trasher, towhee, Cooper's Hawk, red-shoulder hawk, robins, and even saw the pileated woodpecker on Christmas morning, all find something they will eat out of it! In the past I've had a blue grosbeak, evening grosbeak, indigo bunting, redwing blackbird. So you can see I really hated to see a tight budget cut out a lot of my entertainment!

Cook Time

Prep Time: about 45 minutes

Total Time: With distribution, about 1 hour

Serves: Many flocks

Ingredients

  • HOT popcorn
  • 2 c. Crunchy peanut butter
  • Raisin Bran
  • OF oats
  • granola cluster cereal
  • Raisins
  • craisins
  • dates
  • figs
  • dried cherries
  • peanuts (for the birds)
  • sunflower hearts
  • Finch Feast

Instructions

  1. Put peanut butter into a large mixing bowl. Add the BIG bag of popped popcorn, and while still as hot as you can handle, crunch the popped popcorn into the peanut butter, until you have the popcorn broken up into small pieces and the peanut butter is mixed well. Add the cereal, about two cups total, mixing well.
  2. Add a variety of dried fruit, about a cup. More from time to time. I think raisins by themselves is great ~ but experimenting with other types is fun, too. If you add dates or figs, cut them up in as small of pieces as you can. I don't think I'll be trying the figs again. It certainly didn't seem worth the effort! They were hard as rocks and it was a close call with the knife a couple of times. I am curious if fig newtons would work, a couple per batch.
  3. Then add the seed, hopefully you can add a cup of each kind, the sunflower hearts, the peanuts, and the Finch Feast ~ if not, whatever combo you have.
  4. Carefully mix up, the bowl will be very full! Transfer it to some container that has a good fitting lid. I would not bring this container back into the kitchen! Keep this in a laundry room or some other area that won't expose your kitchen things to what has been around the birdfeeders outside! I am sure this is a serious health threat. Along those lines, make sure to wash your hands before going back to the kitchen to clean up!
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Linking to Others

Here are a few great links to other lenses of traditional Christmas Carols for children, and songs and poems and party tips, even:

... or better yet, maybe you have a song to share, either an original one, or one of your favorites from Christmas ~ we'd love to hear it! Thanks for stopping by ~ and have a Very Merry Christmas!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you! I hope you can sing them with a child or a group of children! God Bless you and Merry Christmas! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great information, I like them very much. :)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: That's really nice! I hope the kids enjoy the songs ~ let me know how it goes! Merry Christmas and have fun singing! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for these songs! I often babysit during the December holidays and I just love the notion of teaching the new Christmas carols.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Christmas songs and everything relied to this celebration! Great lens!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Nothing better than hearing kids singing Christmas songs ;)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Thanks, Linda! I hope you can sing them with a young one in your life with that wonderful voice of yours! You singing Daddy's Hands is a classic ~ I can only imagine how you could bring these to life! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      These are such wonderful Christmas songs to teach children.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Celticep: Thanks! I hope you can use them this Christmas! Thanks for stopping by! B " )

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Lovely new versions of old Christmas favorites!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love Joy To The Earth!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ATTHED LM: Ah, yes! Beautiful! B : )

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      ATTHED LM 5 years ago

      We live in Germany and it has to be silent night

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Im Horse Crazy: Oh, good! Glad to hear you are enjoying the piano! I love to play, too! Yes, it's too hot to think of Christmas yet ~ but maybe it would "cool" us down! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      I'm learning to play more Christmas songs on the piano, but it's a few more months before I start playing those again :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i love the christmas song, what child is this.