The Hymns and Carols
of Christmas!

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:

The Editor is desirous of preserving them in their actual forms ...  as specimens of times now passed away, and of religious feelings.... He is anxious also to preserve them on account of the delight they afforded him in his childhood, when the festivities of Christmas Eve were anticipated by many days of preparation, and prolonged through several weeks by repetitions and remembrances.

This web site is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Here, the celebration of the Christmas-tide does not mysteriously end at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. Rather, you can celebrate the entire 12 days of Christmas — or even the 40 days of Christmas ending with the Candlemas on February 2nd. Indeed, here you can celebrate the music and spirit of Christmas all year round.

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Happy Holidays!

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Semper Ferians
(Always Keeping Holiday)
The motto of George Ferrers of Lincoln's Inn,
Master of the King's Pastimes, 1551-2
Source: William Sandys, Christmas-tide,
London: John Russell Smith, ca. 1852


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"'Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing his hands again.
'Mankind was my business.
The common welfare was my business;
charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.
The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water
in the comprehensive ocean of my business!'"

- Jacob Marley


"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach."

- Ebenezer Scrooge

-- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843


"And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

-- Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas


Charlie Brown:

Isn't there anybody who knows what Christmas is all about?

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flocks by night ....

Charles Schultz, A Charlie Brown Christmas


The Biblical Accounts of The Birth of Christ


"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."

Hebrews 4:7

"Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise."
From Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 33

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Christmas Classics™ Videos

Multi-media video presentations about 21 favorite carols from Ron Clancy, author of the Christmas Classics™ series of beautifully illustrated Christmas carol books.

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Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Compiled and Edited by
Douglas D. Anderson

All books by Doug Anderson

Victorian Visions
A Christmas Poetry Collection

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Divinely Inspired
A Christmas Poetry Collection

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The Bridegroom Cometh
Poetry For The Advent

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"Once A Lovely Shining Star" - Available at

Once A Lovely Shining Star

A Christmas Poetry Collection

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"So Gracious Is The Time"  - Available at

So Gracious Is The Time

A Christmas Poetry Collection

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"How Still The Night" - Available at

How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

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 "Father And Daughter" - Available at

Father and Daughter

Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

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"Now, Now The Mirth Comes" - Available at

Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

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"What Sudden Blaze Of Song" - Available at

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

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 "A Holy Heavenly Chime" - Available at

A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

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"All My Heart This Night Rejoices" - Available at

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

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"A Victorian Carol Book" - Available at

A Victorian Carol Book

Favorites from the 19th Century —
Still favorites today!

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Other Books by Doug Anderson

A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: A Personal Prayer Book,
a recreation of Luther's 1529 prayer book

Daily Prayer

Luther's Passional

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Devotions for the Advent – 2009
A new edition for 2010 is being prepared.

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition


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Best-Loved Christmas Carols 
by Ronald M. Clancy
The new edition from Sterling Publishing published October 2006.

     The originals released by The Millennia Collection:
Best-Loved Christmas Carols (2000)
American Christmas Classics (2001)
Children's Christmas Classics (2002)

And be sure to see the beautiful Sacred Christmas Music
a musical journey in time from the dawn of the Church’s liturgical song through the Baroque’s great choral and instrumental works to representative pieces of the 20th century. In addition to masterpieces of art, the CD includes the Vienna Boys’ Choir performing “Anima Nostra”; Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto”; The Trappist Monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani singing Gregorian Chants; excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah”; and the beloved “Silent Night." Every lover of fine Christmas music will want this magnificent volume.

And check out Ron's new Christmas Blog.

Christmas Classics, Ltd

See the three-minute movie about this series:
(accessed November 14, 2006).

Ronald M. Clancy, author of the highly-praised Christmas Classics series of Christmas carol books and CDs, has now created a number of "The Story Behind The Music" videos recounting the histories of numerous Christmas carols. Three were released on YouTube™ in late July 2009, including The Little Drummer Boy, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and White Christmas. All the titles can be found at Christmas Classics Videos. Other titles will released beginning October 1, 2009.





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