Christmas carols and hymns are one aspect of the holiday season that never fail to lift the spirits — and require no baking, no tree stands, and no extension cords. While there is a body of well-known Christmas songs that are perennial favorites, there are many more which have slipped into obscurity.
The purpose of this site is to preserve the rich history of Christmas carols and hymns that might otherwise be lost. My reasons for doing so are very similar to the feelings expressed by the early 19th century collector Davies Gilbert. In the Preface to his landmark 1822 edition Some Ancient Christmas Carols, he wrote:
On this site, we celebrate both Christmas The Holy Day and Christmas The Holiday. Concerning the latter, Charles Dickens puts these words from A Christmas Carol into the mouth of Fred, the nephew of Scrooge, during his visit to his uncle in the first stave:
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“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
O sing to God your hymns of gladness,
The rest of this joyous anthem: O Sing To God.
"'Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing his hands again.
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
-- Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Charles Schultz, A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Biblical Accounts of The Birth of Christ
"Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise."
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