It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means that it is time for Christmas music. Most people love Christmas music. For many of us, we have heard the same songs over and over for years, and many of those songs, like the ones from Bing Crosby, have been around for generations. Some songs have been redone while others are timeless classics. I’ve never eaten a chestnut that roasted on an open fire, attended a Christmas party hop, or enjoyed a figgy pudding, but that has never stopped me from enjoying those songs. There is something about Christmas music that can put a smile on anyone’s face, even if it only comes from remembering the glories of Christmases long, long ago.
As much as I enjoy songs about the most wonderful time of the year, especially during a white Christmas, I still prefer songs about the first noel, the ones that sing about the birth of Christ. I wanted to share some of my favorite lesser known lyrics about the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
“From God our heavenly Father a blessed angel came,
and unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same,
how that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, oh, tidings of comfort and joy!”
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead nor doth He sleep,
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.’”
What Child is This?
So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh, come peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the babe, the Son of Mary.
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and sacrifice.
Alleluia! Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord.
Late in time, behold Him come, offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell—Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Mary Did You Know?
Mary did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
And this child that you delivered will soon deliver you…
Mary did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kissed your little baby you kissed the face of God.
Oh Holy Night
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.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O Come, thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of hell thy people save, and give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
So as you are having yourself a merry little Christmas, I hope you enjoy Jingle Bells and Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. But if you really want to have a holly, jolly Christmas, remember to keep Jesus at the forefront of your mind, and don’t forget one of the best songs of all:
O Come Let Us Adore Him
O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
(Read Happy Holidays and Was Jesus Born on December 25th?)