The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

December, 2009

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A Visit From Saint Nicholas


Sinterklaas, goed heilig man (St. Nicholas, Good Holy Man)


Jolly Old St Nicholas


Up On The Housetop

5 - St. Nicholas Eve

Sinterklaas kapoentje (Nicholas, I Beg Of You)


6 - Second Sunday of Advent: Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming
Feast of St. Nicholas: Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus
7 - Feast of St. Ambrose: Come, Thou Redeemer Of The Earth


8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception: The Song of Mary (The Magnificat)



Ave Maria / Seven Joys of Mary


In The Bleak Midwinter 


The Angel Gabriel From God

12 - National Poinsettia Day (U.S.)

Sussex Carol



13 - Third Sunday of Advent:   Comfort, Comfort My People

St. Lucia Day


Behold The Bridegroom Cometh


God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

16 - Novena *

The Advent of our God - Chandler


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel



Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)


Hark The Glad Sound, The Savior Comes

20- Fourth Sunday of Advent: On Jordan's Bank The Baptist's Cry



It Came Upon The Midnight Clear 


O Little Town of Bethlehem / Once In Royal David's City


O Holy Night / The First Nowell

24 - Vigil of Christmas: Silent Night, Holy Night / Angels We Have Heard On High /


25 - Nativity Of Our Lord: For Unto Us A Son Is Born / Hallelujah Chorus


26 - Feast of St. Stephen: Good King Wenceslas


27 - Feast of St. John The Apostle: Thou Dearest Disciple Of Jesu Christ


28 - Feast of Holy Innocents: All Hail Ye Infant Martyr Flowers 29

Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mine / Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine 


Away In A Manger  / Rocking Carol

31 - New Year's Eve: Auld Lang Syne






* The Novena before Christmas begins today, December 16.

This is also known as Las Posadas, a nine-day holiday beginning December 16 and ending December 24 ("Noche Buena" — Holy Night). This holiday is a yearly tradition for Christian Latin Americans. It is symbolic of the trials that the Virgin Mary and Joseph had had to endure to find a place where Jesus could be born. Source: "The Company," the world of Jesuits and their friends. Chicago, Winter 2006. See also: Christmas Holidays In Mexico; accessed February 5, 2007).

See also December 16 - O Sapientia.


“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, does various unessential things, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside – is not a bad picture of Advent”
 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), "Letters & Papers from Prison”

Advent - Dom Prosper Guéranger, OSB


Selections From The Every Day Book - William Hone

Christmas Carols
The London Christmas Evenings of 1826
Hob or Nob
These Christmas Bills


December 5 - Advent In Normandy
December 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas
December 14 - Ember Week
December 16 - O Sapientia
December 17 - The Season
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - The Nativity of Christ
December 26 - St. Stephen's Day
December 27 - St. John the Apostle
December 28 - The Holy Innocents
December 31 - New Year's Eve

St. George He Was For England;
compare these two plays from William Sandys:
Christmas Play of Saint George (1833) and
Christmas Play of St. George and the Dragon (1852).

December 26 is also National Candy Cane Day in the United States.
This link opens in a new window at an external site, the National Confectioners Association.

The following links are to articles in The Catholic Encyclopedia (1911), hosted by New Advent.
All links open in a new window at an exterior site.

The Apostles And Their Feast Days
St. Philip (May 3)
St. James The Younger (or The Less) (May 3)
St. Matthias (Replacement of Judas Iscariot) (May 14)
St. Peter (June 29, With St. Paul)
St. James The Greater (July 25)
St. Bartholomew (August 24)
St. Thomas (July 3)
St. Matthew (September 21)
St. Simon (The Zealot) (October 28)
St. Jude (Also called Thaddeus) (Epistle of St. Jude) (October 28)
St. Andrew (November 30)
St. John The Evangelist (December 27)

St. Mary Magdalen (July 22)
Termed by Pope John Paul II as "the apostle to the Apostles" in
Ecclesia In America
See also for updated information, and St. Mary Magdalene at

Judas Iscariot (The Traitor)

Mary, The Mother Of Jesus (January 1)
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8)
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8)
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (November 21)
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 25)
Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (February 2)
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)

St. Joseph, Husband Of Mary (March 19)
St. John The Baptist (June 24, Birth of the Saint)
St. Mark (April 25)
St. Luke (October 18)
St. Paul (June 29, with St. Peter)

St. Nicholas (December 6)
St. Lucy (December 13)

The following four links open in a new window at

Blessed John XXIII (October 11)
St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31)
St. Nicholas (December 6)
St. Lucy (December 13)

In Memory Of Pope John Paul II
Opens in a new window at
"Santo Subito"
The Beatification Process began June 28, 2005.
The usual five year period was waived by Pope Benedict XVI.
Prayer for Intercession by Pope John Paul II

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