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Best Traditional Christmas Carols

Updated on December 4, 2014

Favorite Traditional Christmas Carols

My family and I love singing Christmas carols and it's the traditional carols that are most popular. Older relatives know and love the old favorite carols, children pick them up easily and sing along happily. Newer songs come and go but the old traditional Christmas carols will be with us forever.

This page lists my favorite traditional carols, links to wonderful examples and there's a a link to a handy, free downloadable set of lyrics. You can save the lyrics to your computer and print out any or all of the carols.

I do hope you share my love of these great old Christmas carols and enjoy them this year and for many more Christmases to come.

Videos And Video Links

I've picked a video for each carol. To play it, just click on the "YouTube" link in each section.

There's a Bing Crosby clip in there, and some surprises. I've tried to avoid selecting the ultra slick professional performance or the pop stars who "interpret" the carols. The aim has been throughout to present the best traditional carols in traditional arrangements.

Traditional carols lyrics on
Traditional carols lyrics on

Downloadable Lyrics

The traditional lyrics for all these carols

Free e-book of the lyrics for all of the carols on this page. It's designed to be printer-friendly, so very few graphics to use all your coloured inks!

The link is direct to the e-book so you can right click and save.

If you only want lyrics for one or two carols, save the e-book and then select appropriate pages before printing.

Click here to download free carols e-book

Music While You Read

From 1957, not quite the traditional tune but it's fascinating to hear Elvis on a traditional carol.

Away In A Manger
Away In A Manger

Away In A Manger

Away in a manger

No crib for His bed

The little Lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head

One of the best simple carols describing the Christmas story and a favorite with children, as anyone with kids performing in schools' Christmas carol concerts will testify.

As with many carols. its origins aren't clear. It has often been attributed to Martin Luther - wrongly, as no mention of it appears in any of his writings. The usual tune is the original which owes much to a waltz by Johann Strauss Jr, though some people sing it to the tune of "Flow Gently Sweet Afton", an old English folk song. . The first two verses appeared in 1885 in an Evangelical Lutheran pamphlet. The third verse was added in 1892.

Trad carols: deck the halls
Trad carols: deck the halls

Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Tis the season to be jolly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Deck The Halls is a non-religious carol dating back to the nineteenth century, thought to have come from the US. The tune is from a much older Welsh carol, Nos Galan.

Warning: the children will drive you mad for days after learning this carol by constantly breaking out into "Fa la la la lah" when you least expect it.

Simple Guitar Accompaniments

Even the best traditional Christmas carols will benefit from a bit of musical accompaniment and a guitar is usually found around.

Christmas Carols for Easy Classical Guitar Songbook - Book and CD Package
Christmas Carols for Easy Classical Guitar Songbook - Book and CD Package

For basic to slightly advanced guitar players, includes a CD so you can practise in private until you're perfect and then let rip on Chritmas Eve

Church bells
Church bells

Ding Dong Merrily On High

Ding dong merrily on high,

In heav'n the bells are ringing:

Ding dong! verily the sky

Is riv'n with angel singing.

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis

A great, fast-paced carol, perfect for choirs but just as much fun for family gatherings. The tune is a dance tune from the 16th century, the lyrics were written by George Ratcliffe Woodward in the early 20th century. Woodward was interested in bell ringing and that heavily influenced his choice of words and style.

I have mixed memories of this one. As a teenager I was in a carol choir and, though my voice was still breaking, was the nearest thing to a bass we had - so I got stuck croaking a deep bassline while everyone else sang the good parts.

god rest ye merry
god rest ye merry

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember, Christ, our Saviour

Was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan's power

When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy

A rousing song to get everybody singing. This was first published in 1833 by William B. Sandys, though sadly he didn't name the author. One of the curious things about the carol is the first line: if you look closely you'll see the comma is after the "merry". Wise men argue over the meaning - I reckon it means "God keep you happy".

Good KIng Wenceslas
Good KIng Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas looked out

On the feast of Stephen

When the snow lay round about

Deep and crisp and even

Brightly shone the moon that night

Though the frost was cruel

When a poor man came in sight

Gath'ring winter fuel

Don't let the ones who've had too many egg nogs get carried away on that last line! This is based on the Czech legend of Saint Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia (907-935), The actual lyrics were written in 1853 by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale. The tune is based on a much older 13th century spring carol "Tempus adest floridum" ("The time is near for flowering") - that was first published in a Finnish collection in 1582. They certainly cast their nets far and wide, those carol writers!

By the way, sing it quicker as the night wears on and the eggnog flows.

Angel Birth Announcement Cards
Angel Birth Announcement Cards

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled"

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! The herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!

One of the great traditional triumphant carols. Much like certain songs get people off their chairs and onto a dancefloor, so this carol gets everybody singing loudly. Oddly though, it began life in 1739 as a slow and solemn carol, words by Charles Wesley (not the most joyful of men). Over the next hundred years various people rewrote the lyrics and finally in 1840, William H. Cummings adapted a newly-composed Mendelssohn cantata to give us the rousing carol we know today.

I saw three ships: traditional carol
I saw three ships: traditional carol

I Saw Three Ships

I saw three ships come sailing in

On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;

I saw three ships come sailing in

On Christmas Day in the morning

A traditional English carol, thought to date from the 17th century. Bethlehem is twenty miles from the nearest water (and that's the Dead Sea) so there's a lot of poetic licence. Some people think the three ships refer to the legend that three ships bore the relics of the three wise men to Cologne Cathedral sometime in the 12th century. Whatever the origin, it's another good song for the kids.

This version is performed by Ritchie Blackmore and Blackmore's Night.

Jingle Bells: author plaque
Jingle Bells: author plaque

Jingle Bells

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle Bells shouldn't really be here as it was written as a Thanksgiving song! However, it proved so popular from the start that people continued singing it at Christmas.

It was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1850. A plaque commemorating the "birthplace" of "Jingle Bells" adorns the side of a building in Medford, Massachusetts. Pierpont wrote the song at the former Simpson Tavern, now 19 High Street, in the center of Medford Square.

Little Donkey by Rachel Long
Little Donkey by Rachel Long

Little Donkey

Little donkey, little donkey

On the dusty road

Got to keep on plodding onwards

With your precious load

A slow and sad-sounding carol, about the donkey which carried the heavily-pregnant Mary to Bethlehem. It was written by Newcastle-born Eric Boswell in the 20th century and he later came to be annoyed at its success (though it gave him financial security) as it overshadowed his more favoured works. These include humorous songs in the Geordie dialect, such as I've Got a Little Whippet; Wi' Me Pit Claes On; and The Social Security Waltz. (That middle title translates as "With My Pit Clothes On" - ready to go down the coal mines.)

Little Drummer Boy
Little Drummer Boy

Little Drummer Boy

Come, they told me

pa rum pa pum pum

Our newborn King to see

pa rum pa pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring

pa rum pa pum pum

To lay before the King

pa rum pa pum pum

rum pa pum pum

rum pa pum pum

So to honor Him

pa rum pa pum pum

When we come

A personal confession - I love this carol! I don't know why but for half of December I'll be singing this. People give me funny looks on the train but it gets me more leg room. Children also love it, especially if you encourage them to play their drums, real or pretend.

This is the most modern carol in this collection, written in 1941 by Katherine K. Davis. She said that she based it on a Czech carol but never said which. Drummer Boy came to prominence when recorded by the Trapp Family Singers (yes, the ones who came over the Alps with Maria).

Henry VIII and Kings Choir
Henry VIII and Kings Choir

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful

Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him,

Born the King of Angels;

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord

If you asked 100 people to name a carol the majority would probably say "O Come All Ye Faithful". I learned it as a child in the Latin "Adeste Fidelis" - in the last days of Latin liturgy and Latin masses. That was much more solemn; today's version is quite jolly for a hymn.

It was written in the 18th century by an Englishman, John Francis Wade, though some think that part of the words may date from the 13th century. Over the years there have been various translations and additions - the most commonly sung version now was the work of a Catholic priest, Frederick Oakley.

O Come Emmanuel: vinttage christmas card
O Come Emmanuel: vinttage christmas card

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel

To ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel

Beautiful tune, though one of the less popular carols nowadays. Sung as Gregorian Chant it is magnificent.

Both words and music have dubious antecedents. About the only things that can reliably be said are that it's based on Isaiah 7:14.and borne out by Matthew 1:23.

Bethelhem: detail
Bethelhem: detail

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

A great carol for choirs and much loved by all who hear it. It's a joyful song of redemption and hope.

Stood a lowly cattle shed
Stood a lowly cattle shed

Once In Royal David's City

Once in royal David's city,

Stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her Baby,

In a manger for His bed:

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ, her little Child

This was written in the Victorian era by Cecil Frances Alexander. as a children's poem and set to music a year later. MIss Alexander was to marry a clergyman who became a bishop and she also wrote the famous All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Wikipedia notes: "This carol was the first recording that the King's College Choir under Boris Ord made for EMI in 1948. Among others who have recorded it are Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, Daniel O'Donnell, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Petula Clark, Jethro Tull and Sufjan Stevens."

silent night
silent night

Silent Night

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

In my younger, more innocent, days I was an altar boy and one day, when I was supposedly clearing up after a service, I was spellbound by the church organist extemporising on the melody of Silent Night. It's stayed as a favourite ever since.

The First Noel
The First Noel

The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as 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

If carols can be said to rock then this one does! Faster paced than many, the whole family can belt First Noel out at the top of their voices. The devil certainly doesn't have all the best tunes.

Holly and the ivy: vintage christmas card
Holly and the ivy: vintage christmas card

The Holly And The Ivy

The holly and the ivy,

When they are both full grown

Of all the trees that are in the wood

The holly bears the crown

O the rising of the sun

And the running of the deer

The playing of the merry organ

Sweet singing of the choir

A lovely, bitter-sweet carol. The first line alone sets the scene, the rest of the words take you deeper into the meaning of Christmas - this despite the use of the pagan symbols of the two plants.

The first version of the carol is mentioned as being around 1710 and there have been various references since, including one going back to the Middle Ages and an English Miracle Play.

Twelve Days Of Christmas: Faroes stamp
Twelve Days Of Christmas: Faroes stamp

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

A partridge in a pear tree

If First Noel is a rock carol then I suppose we could call this a drinking song - almost. A great song to belt out - try having a race on the twelfth day with the kids, to see who can sing all twelve gifts the quickest.

We Three KIngs: Christmas Card Design
We Three KIngs: Christmas Card Design

We Three Kings of Orient Are

We three kings of Orient are

Bearing gifts we travel afar

Field and fountain, moor and mountain

Following yonder star

Anyone who's ever been to a children's Nativity play will know this well. It has been recorded by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Tori Amos via the Beach Boys.

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;

Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now bring us some figgy pudding

Now bring us some figgy pudding

Now bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer

We won't go until we get some

We won't go until we get some

We won't go until we get some so bring some out here

Unusual in that it's non-religious, this dates from the 16th century and has been popular in England since its first appearance. Figgy pudding was probably, in those days, figs mashed up with bread. Nowadays it's more like the traditional Christmas pudding but with added figs,

Angel of the Lord: christmas card design
Angel of the Lord: christmas card design

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

While shepherds watched

Their flocks by night

All seated on the ground

The angel of the Lord came down

And glory shone around

Last in this list, but certainly not least, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night. Sung by generations of schoolboys as "While Shepherds Washed Their Socks By Night".

The exact year this was written isn't known. It's believed to date from the end of the 17th century, written by Nahum Tate - an Irishman who became English Poet Laureate in 1692.

50 Most Loved Christmas Carols [3 CD]
50 Most Loved Christmas Carols [3 CD]

This set is a great mix of traditional carols and Christmas tunes. Most of the above carols and more on a 3 CD box set

Christmas Carols for Vocal Duet (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook)
Christmas Carols for Vocal Duet (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook)

Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook with 18 of the classic Christmas carols.


The traditional lyrics for all these carols

Free e-book of the lyrics for all of the carols on this page. It's designed to be printer-friendly, so very few graphics to use all your coloured inks!

The link is direct to the e-book so you can right click and save.

If you only want lyrics for one or two carols, save the e-book and then select appropriate pages before printing.

Click here to download free carols e-book

Will you and yours be singing carols this year?

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      Titia Geertman 

      4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Beautiful. I'm not religeous, but somehow I have a soft heart for Christmas songs/music/church choirs.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I popped back in to look at these carols again. I really miss Adeste Fidelis, I don't think I've heard it for years! Australian children used to sing a lovely little carol called "Little Babe of Bethlehem", I haven't heard that in years either. Thanks for this list

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This page is definitely the place to be to get one in the spirit of Christmas. Beautiful

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      4 years ago

      Nice way of warming up for the seasonal spirit and festive music, especially with all the rain outside and such a "not like Xmas at all" weather. Nice hub Paul.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh yes indeed, and a great many more songs besides

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      poppy mercer 

      5 years ago from London

      Yes, I'm warming up even now.

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      5 years ago

      I watched a few. The best was Andre Rieu Home for Christmas.

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      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I sang many of these this year, both in church and along with the radio. Really enjoyed this lens and the background info you gave with each song. Came back to see some of the lyrics and to say hello.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Yes, it's part of Christmas. You've included some songs here that I do not know. Nice learning some new things, and songs are always something I'm interested in as a worship leader. Happy Christmas Paul.

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      5 years ago

      This is a great lens, Love the way it's put together and laid out. Having the lyrics is great. Merry Christmas, well done!

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      Sandra Wilson 

      5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      Very interesting thanks. Hope I can use some of the information for a unit study I am creating that centers around the history of Christmas carols. I have made a start with

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      5 years ago from U.S.

      Merry Christmas! This is a great resource for traditional Christmas carols. Thanks for taking the time to make your own ebook that we can print.

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      Glenda Motsavage 

      5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Great lens...and song choices. Thought I knew all the traditional ones...but..."Little Donkey" I'm not familiar with. That's why I love Squidoo - learn something new everyday. Merry Christmas!

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      flicker lm 

      5 years ago

      Singing carols was always a part of our Christmas tradition. I enjoyed this article very much. It was interesting to learn the history of each carol.

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      I'm singing in a Slovenian Choir; we do celebrate every year a traditional Christmas, we love it, and I'm seeing forward to it...I loved reading your lens, especially I love your "layout style"...Would like to learn those "html" codes...Thx for sharing...

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      5 years ago

      A great lens - and some wonderful carols. Sprinkling Xmas Blessings.

      I will be adding this one to MY Xmas carols lens.

      But my list is a little different from yours.

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      tuliprose lm 

      5 years ago

      I feel so Christmassy now!

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens! We use to in years past! Kids are all grown up now!

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      I love that you give the poetry as well.. Blessings!

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Yes and I will be playing them on my Classical Guitar too!

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      5 years ago

      What a GREAT site. I've bookmarked and tweeted it. There was only one carol I didn't know; love all the others. Wish I'd had this in prior years...

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      5 years ago

      Love these. Yes, we will be singing away!

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Great selection, many of my favorites; I'll chime in if I have an occasion to.

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      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks - Love the sounds of Christmas (and "figgy pudding" still makes me laugh)

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for the super lyrics download! I enjoyed all of these favorites today!

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      6 years ago

      I've been teaching carols to my 4 year old so the lyrics download will be handy!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I have loved singing carols ever since I was a kid, and especially if I have someone with whom I can sing in harmony. My favorite used to be singing carols with my sister, since our voices sound identical except that hers is alto and mine is soprano, and we sounded great together. Too bad she no longer enjoys it, but I'll still sing any carol at the drop of a hat. I LOVE this lens and the wonderful PDF of all the lyrics you provided. Blessed, indeed! :)

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love singing Christmas Carols! This is a fantastic lens; I came back to bless it.

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Oh yes! I love them. And this is a wonderful lens - thank you for pulling them all together in one place. SquidAngel blessings to you!

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      6 years ago

      Of course. I love carol singing.

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      You bet! My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night - makes me cry tears of joy though - and that doesn't sound very good while singing :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice carols that really put you in the Christmas spirit.

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      6 years ago

      I will most definitely be humming the carols, and this lens has already gotten me started! What a joy to read. I did not know the history of many of these favorite hymns and songs and your page is laid out so beautifully, too!

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      hartworks lm 

      6 years ago

      Absolutely! I have a very special fondness for Christmas carols.

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      6 years ago

      I always love singing Christmas carols even if its not Christmas. It always give a feel good touch to my heart. :)

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      6 years ago

      I love many of these carols, we sing most of these every year. Congratulations on the purple star!

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      6 years ago

      Congratualtions on the Purple Star. My favorites are Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, and the Little Drummer Boy.

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      6 years ago

      I've been singing these carols since I was a kid. Now I can't wait for Christmas to arrive!

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      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I love this article and your explanations and personal stories! Thanks!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh I do so love this lens; most of these songs I grew up with. We sang them in church as Christmas approached, and I still know the words to the majority of them. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Our house is quite musical. We love carols at Christmastime. Thank you for bringing me a bit of an appetizer on this August afternoon.

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      6 years ago

      No singing carols for me but nice lens!

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      Linda Hahn 

      6 years ago from California

      I never heard the Ding Dong song or Little Donkey either.

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      6 years ago

      nice list of song

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      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      O Holy night is definitely my favourite, always get me in the festive mood...and yes, we'll certainly be singing carols!

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      6 years ago

      Very nice, I love the traditional carols.

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      6 years ago

      A bunch of my favorites are listed here - I plan on going out caroling next year, as I didn't get the chance this year! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      We've been humming Christmas Carols for about a week now. Daughter is making heart shaped cookies in her easy bake oven while we listen to Christmas songs this eve of the big day. Merry holidays to you and yours :)

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: me too,

      Merry Christmas...excellent Christmas Carols lens.

      Blessing this!

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      Sara Valor 

      6 years ago from Breezy Hills

      I love to sing and love Christmas carols. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I love singing carols and you have gathered so many of my favorites here. So interesting to hear Elvis singing a beloved Christmas song. Appreciated your desire to keep things fresh and interesting. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I still have that song going through my head...darn you choir director. I cannot go a season without "ding dong merrily on high" going through my head. I forgot about Once in Royal David's City. A nice song. We sang that as well. Nice list you have here!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      7 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love these carols - add Elvis and you have a wonderful lens here!

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      7 years ago

      My three favourite carols are Good King Wensceslas, The Little Drummer Boy and The Holly and the Ivy. Wonderful lens.

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I love the old traditional Christmas carols - they take me back to years gone by.

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      7 years ago

      Awesome, love these lens. Check out mine sometime

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      sayeen lm 

      7 years ago

      Awesome lens...this gives me an idea about the culture and tradition surrounding Christmas...thanks

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      7 years ago

      Classic. Merry Christmas! :)

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      7 years ago

      I love it when the radio station plays all Christmas music all the time. Great lens.

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      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Definitely! I sing along to the radio and a number of these we sing in church during advent. Excellent lens, and I love the background you put with each of these. I learned a lot about some of my favorites. A very Merry Christmas to you!

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Not officially (like around a piano or door-to-door), but will be singing along with the radio and recores! I love many, many of these Christmas carols. You're right - the old standards are the best! BTW, 'Little Donkey' is completely unfamiliar to me -- is it an English carol?

      Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas to you!

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic lens-love the lay out and all the songs on your list!

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      7 years ago

      Awesome job as always Paul. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens for the season. I love Christmas carols, as they seem to get me into the spirit of the season. "O' Holy Night" is my favorite of all the carols.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This brings me back to when we were in the grade school and we went around the neighborhood singing carols so people gave us money for some of the charities. It was so much fun gathering together and singing.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Just yesterday my sig/other was singing a carol... and had the words all wrong. Pretty funny. I intend to show him your lens!

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      7 years ago

      Great selection of carols - love it.

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      WaynesWorld LM 

      7 years ago

      At home and while driving.

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      7 years ago

      Hey you have selected a very good topic, great lens, keep it up your good work.......:)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens

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      7 years ago

      A very nice selection. Thank you for posting!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful selection of carols. I lack a singing voice but I do enjoy listening to the local church choir in concert each Christmas.

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      C A Chancellor 

      7 years ago from US/TN

      Some great selections! I love "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" even though it seems to be less popular than other traditional songs. (Also, don't you prefer the traditional recordings? I wish some of the popular singers today wouldn't try to put their stamp on traditional songs by twisting them almost beyond recognition. Sigh!)

    • waldenthreenet profile image


      7 years ago

      Chirsmas Caroling is fun with neighbors and family. Let's Go 2011 !

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      7 years ago

      Great list!

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      Hearty Cindy Penaranda 

      7 years ago from Ormoc City


    • tinaanne profile image


      7 years ago

      I really like to hear the old Christmas carols. It really brings me in the mood for christmas

    • markettrol profile image


      7 years ago

      Yes, all season long

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      7 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      Traditional Carols are wonderful and so uplifting!

    • choosehappy profile image


      7 years ago from US

      Just about all of these listed. Love them! Blessed;)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my husband's Zazzle link with the carolers. Brings back lots of memories but I wish we weren't inundated with these carols every time we go into a store.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nicely done Paul, brings back memories of many moons ago. I used to love In The Bleak Midwinter. It's a shame we don't have memories like these any more in our family, and even though I am not religious these days, it's still nice to sing Christmas songs. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Much to my family's disdain, I will be singing carols and Christmas songs loudly straight through December 25. :)

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      Odille Rault 

      7 years ago from Gloucester

      Great page! Really interesting to hear a bit of the background of these Christmas carols! Blessed. :)

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      Francis Luxford 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey! Nice Lens to get us all in the Christmas Spirit! Appreciate you using some images from one of my Zazzle stores!

    • debnet profile image


      7 years ago from England

      Oooowww!!! Sinaed O'Connor's voice is giving me goosebumps! Super collection of our most favourite carols. Blessed by a singing Squid Angel ;)

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Love this collection. You really spent some time on this and it's great. I, too, love the way you did the You Tube videos although I haven't a clue as to how.

    • FlynntheCat1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I never knew there were TWO carols called 'I Saw Three Ships' :D (voting plexo)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love your lens, first, because I love singing and listening to christmas carol,second because normally with all those You tube Videos, the page will not load up on my computer, but the way you did it (I do not know how to do it the way you have), the page loaded well.

      Thanks for sharing a Christmas carol lens. Blessed

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Wonderful list of Carols. I added "I heard the bells on Christmas Day" because it is my favorite. Angel blessed because I am a sucker for the traditional Christmas Carols.

    • Paul Ward profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @Richard-H: That's the one I've been missing! All the time I was writing this Iws thinking "there's one I have to put in". It;s sad when the mind start going :)

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      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great selection of traditional carols. Have added my own favourite too :)

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      7 years ago

      Marvelous! You deserve the figgy pudding for your efforts - have to settle for a SquidAngel blessing!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love Deck The Halls and now I will have this in my head all night. It's a nice Christmas Carols selection you picked. And thanks for featuring one of my design :)

    • boomerex profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a really good list! Thanks for your hard work in providing this!

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland



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