The history of Christmas hymns goes back much further than the history of Christmas carols.
Christmas hymn. Typically a religious song, most frequently heard in a Church or in the context of a religious Christmas play or presentation. Christmas hymns have been dated to the 4th century.
Christmas carol. Typically a song that celebrates the Christmas season in a joyous manner, originally accompanied by dance. The carol, as an art form, arose about the 13th century.
Today, Christmas carols include many types of Christmas songs.
And now, on with the show: Preface to The History.
Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Web pages of Christmas Poetry
Many of the most beautiful hymns were first beautiful poems. Here is some Christmas-tide poetry from six outstanding Christian poets; both paperback and hard cover books are available "print on demand" at Douglas Anderson's Storefront.
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
Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection
Devotions for the Advent – 2009
The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition
Descriptions of all these volumes can be seen at
The Hymns and Carols of Christmas
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