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20,000 Volkslieder, Germany and Other Folksongs, and especially the section on ChristmasRecommended.  Huge site with emphasis on German songs of many genres.

Allen, William Francis, Charles Pickard Ware and Lucy McKim Garrison, eds., Slave Songs of the United States. New York: A. Simpson & Co., 1967; Dover Publications reprint of 1995.

Anonymous, Christmas In Art And Song: A Collection of Songs, Carols and Descriptive Poems Relating to the Festival Of Christmas. New York: Arundel Printing and Publishing, © 1878, 1879.

Anti-Spam Christmas Carols The predecessor to this site used to contain computer related carols. They seem to have disappeared as of April 13, 2002, but the webmaster indicates that they will return. [Link Broken]

Ames, Brian M., The Ames Hymn Collection An excellent site with text and MIDI files for more than 350 hymns.

Archer, Malcolm and Stephen Cleobury, Advent for Christmas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Excellent resource for those seeking to put together a strictly Advent program.  Includes 52 SATB or "voices" arrangements, plus organ or piano accompaniment. Also includes an excellent introduction, plus a thematic index which will assist the user in creating a unique program. Another excellent OUP edition.

Ashman, Gordon and Isabella, West Gallery Harmony: Carols & Celebrations. West Gallery Music Association, 1998.

Ashton, John, A Righte Merrie Christmas. London: Leadenhall Press, ca. 1890. Repr. New York/London: Benjamin Blom, 1968.

Baker, Christopher R. Online Christmas Songbook  Good source, with excellent links. More to come from Mr. Baker in the future.

Baptist Hymnals, including 1975 and 1991 editions. From Friendship Baptist Church, Saint Petersburg, Florida. Lots of both MIDI and MP3 files; this site is greatly improved since I first visited it.

Baring Gould, Sabine and H. Fleetwood Sheppard, A Garland of Country Songs. London: Methuen & Co., 1895.

Baring-Gould, Sabine, H. Fleetwood Sheppard, F. W. Bussell, eds., Songs of the West: Folk Songs of Devon & Cornwall. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., Fifth Edition, 1905, reprinted 1913.

Baring-Gould, Sabine and Gordon Hitchcock, Folk Songs of the West Country. London: David & Charles, 1974. The original was first published in four parts in 1889.

Benner, Steve, ed., The Oremus Hymnal The collected hymns from the Episcopal Church, an encyclopedic source of carols and hymns from this religious tradition. Recommended, especially for the Hymnal assets.


  • Christmas With Just Three Chords. Bedford Hills, NY: Ekay Music, 1998.
  • My First Book of Christmas Songs. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1997.

Bersagel, Andreas, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932.

The Best Christmas Guitar Fake Book Ever. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation, 1992.

Birkbeck, W. J., et al., eds., The English Hymnal. London: Oxford University Press, 1906.

Bobley, Roger, ed., The Magnus Christmas Album. Linden, NJ: Magnus Organ Corp., 1972.

The Book of Common Praise, Being The Hymn Book Of The Anglican Church of Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press, No Date.

Book of Hymns, The, Official Hymnal of the United Methodist Church. Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1964.

Book of Worship. Philadelphia: The United Lutheran Publication House, 1899.

Book of Worship for United States Forces, The Armed Forces Chaplains Board. Washington, D.C.: The US Government :Printing Office, 1974.

Boyce-Tillman, June, ed., The Galliard Book of Carols. London: Stainer & Bell, 1980. The excellent collection contains 131 carols for the entire year (Christmas, Easter, May Day, harvest, Halloween, etc). It contains traditional carols as well as new carol compositions by contemporary lyricists and composers. Get it while you can. Originally published in 1980 by Stainer & Bell, it appears that it is no longer in print. ISBN: 0 85249 584 6 (0852495846). Also edited by Ms. Boyce-Tillman, Bernard Braley and Allen Percival are two volumes contain excerpts from this volume:

  • 36 Galliard Carols for the Year (London: Stainer & Bell, 1982; Ref. B496; ISBN 0 85249 496 3)

  • 32 Galliard Carols for Christmas (London: Stainer & Bell, 1982; Ref. B495, ISBN 0 85249 495 5)

Both are available from Stainer & Bell for £4.95. Descriptions of these two volumes (together with “32 Galliard Spirituals,” £5.50) can be seen at Choral Christmas Collections. (http://www.stainer.co.uk/acatalog/xmas_collections.html ; accessed March 23, 2007).

Bradford, Michael-David R., The Baptist Hymnal 1991 MIDI Collection. Regrettably, attempts to open this web site have been unsuccessful since  January 30, 2002.

Bradley, Ian:

Bramley, Rev. Henry Ramsden and Sir John Stainer, eds., Christmas Carols New and Old. First, Second and Third Series. London: Novello Ewer & Co., ca. 1878. A scanned copy of the combined First and Second Series can be found at Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Brice, Douglas, The Folk Carol of England (London: Herberg Jenkins, 1967)

Broadwood, Lucy E:

  • English Country Songs, with J. A. Fuller-Maitland. London: The Leadenhall Press, 1893
  • English Traditional Songs and Carols. London: Boosey & Co., 1908

Brooks, Phillips, Christmas Songs and Easter Carols (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1903); Table of Contents

Brown, Arthur Henry, ed., The Altar Hymnal (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885).

Bullen, A. H., A Christmas Garland: Carols and Poems From The Fifteenth Century To The Present Time. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885.

Burt, Alfred, Wihla Hutson, and Bates G. Burt, The Alfred Burt Christmas Carols : 50th Anniversary Edition. TRO - The Richmond Organization, 2004. Contains all fifteen of the Burt carols, plus exceptional notes from Anne Burt, and reproductions of the original cards. The book is arranged for piano, vocal and guitar. Recommended!

Also see the Alfred Burt Carols web site, now maintained by daughter Diane Burt, and This is Christmas: Complete Collection of Alfred Burt Carols.

A personal favorite is Caroling, Caroling: The Alfred Burt Christmas Collection by Lex de Azevedo with the Millennium Choir, 1999, which contains all 15 carols.

Campbell, Rev. Duncan, Hymns and Hymn Makers. London: A. & C. Black, Soho Square, Fourth Edition, 1908.

Carols of Christmas, The. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publications, 1993.

Carols of Today: Seventeen Original Settings for Mixed Voices. London: Oxford University press, 1965.

Catholic Doors Ministry

Chappell, William, The Ballad Literature and Popular Music of the Olden Time. London: Chappell & Co., 1859. Described as "A History of the Ancient Songs, Ballads, and of the Dance Tunes of England, with Numerous Anecdotes and Entire Ballads; also, A short Account of the Minstrels."

Charleton, Jim  and Jason Shulman, eds., The Family Book of Christmas Songs and Stories. New York: Perigee Books, 1986.

Chope, Richard R., Carols For Use In Church. London: William Clowes & Sons, The Complete Edition, 1894

Christian Classics Ethereal Library A recommended site. Contains Hymnal Collections including

  • The Baptist Hymnal, 1975

  • The Episcopal Hymnal, 1916

  • Great Songs of the Church, 1937, E. L. Jorgenson; 1974, Great Songs Press

  • Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

  • Service Book and Hymnal, 1958, Hope Publishing Company

  • Songs of the Church, 1977

  • Southern Harmony, 1835

Also check out The Hymnary. CCEL also contains other valuable resources and is a recommended site.

Christmas Carols for Rabid Fans, humor, specifically for football fans of Green Bay, Denver, Chicago, & Pittsburgh.

Christmas Carols - Old and New. London: London: Harrup, ca. 1918.

Christmas Community Song Book, Revised & Edited by John Marks. New York: St Nicholas Music, Inc., 1956.

Christmas Humor, including carols, poems, stories and other resources.

Christmas In Art And Song: A Collection of Songs, Carols and Descriptive Poems, Relating To The Festival of Christmas (New York: The Arundel Printing and Publishing Co., 1879).

Christmas Jokes.co.uk Take a care here; some readers may find some content objectionable, although there is also other good stuff.

Christmas Midi Music, German carols [Site has disappeared]

Christmas Music Box A good source for non-English carols. plus English translations.

Christmas Music Lovers. Terrific site; well organized.  Worth the time to visit.

Christmas Song Parodies [Site has disappeared]

Christmas Songs of All Nations / Weihnachtslieder von allen Ländern; good selection of hymns and carols, principally in English and German. [Site has disappeared]

Christmastime … for Singing. Brentwood, TN: Brentwood Publishing Group, 1981.

Karen Chung's Christmas Carols. Words and links.

The Church Hymnal. Takoma Park, Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1941. “Official Hymnal of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.”

William Pearson Edwards, The Festival of Nine Lessons And Carol As Celebrated On Christmas Eve In The Chapel Of King's College, Cambridge. New York: Universe Publishing, 2004. History of the Festival, with the text of the prayers, lessons, and numerous carols and hymns. Includes a CD. Makes a terrific gift — for others (or yourself!).

Clancy, Ronald M. and William E. Studwell.  The Christmas Classics series promises to be an excellent series.

Just released:

Best-Loved Christmas Carols 
by Ronald M.  Clancy
A new edition from Sterling, released October, 2006.

A three-minute movie about this series can be seen at http://www.impactmovie.com/christmasclassics
Accessed November 14, 2006

Coffin, Henry Sloane, and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910.

Colfone, Charles J. F. and Stanley Appelbaum, eds., Favorite Christmas Carols. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1975.

Collins, Ace. Andrew.

Comedy Bytes! Christmas Funnies An assortment of Christmas humor.

Courlander, Harold, Negro Folk Music, U.S.A.. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.

Cross, Milton, and David Ewen, eds., The Milton Cross New Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music. 2 vol. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1969.

Cuellar, Carol, ed., 100 Great Christmas Songs. Miami, FL: Warner Bros. Publications, 1995. Ms. Cuellar has edited several Christmas music books; this link will search Amazon.com: Carol Cueller Christmas

Cundall, Joseph, A Book Of Christmas Carols. London: Henry O. Bohn, ND (ca. 1845). Drawn and lithographed by John Brandard. Printed in colours by Messrs. M. & N. Hanhart. Printed with type by Charles Whittingham. No especially unusual carols, but featuring six color illumination, highlighted in gold. A beautiful volume, but rare and expensive. Features miniature paintings from the Harl. MS. 2877.

The Cyber Hymnal. Over 3,400 Christian hymns and Gospel songs from many denominations — lyrics, MIDI files, scores, pictures, history & more. Searchable, advanced Autoplay feature, free downloads. Excellent "topics" listings. Recommended. New URL!

Cyber Faith - Catholic Resources for People of Faith. Formerly CatholicNet. MIDI files have disappeared as of January 30, 2002.

Dearmer, Percy and Martin Shaw, eds., The English Carol Book. London: Mowbray; First Series, 1913; Second Series, 1919; Complete Edition, 1938.

Dearmer, Percy., R. Vaughan Williams, Martin Shaw, eds., The Oxford Book of Carols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1928. A major work; recommended.

Dexter, John, ed., Carols for Christmas from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995.

Digital Hymnal, The Seventh Day Adventist Church's significant contribution contains lyrics, MIDI files, chords and other resources. Searchable by lyricist or composer. Excellent site.

Duchin, Peter, ed., A Musical Christmas With Peter Duchin. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. Excellent book with great graphical design.

Durand, Silas H., and P. G. Lester, eds., Hymn and Tune Book For Use In Old School or Primate Baptist Churches. Greenfield, Indiana: D. H. Goble, Fifth Edition, 1886.

Ehret, Walter, and George K. Evans, eds., The International Book of Christmas Carols. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Walton Music Corp., 1963. Recommended.

Elson, Louis C. ed., Modern Music and Musicians, Part Two: Encyclopedia. New York: The University Society, 1912.

Emurian, Ernest K., Stories of Christmas Carols. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1958, Revised Edition, 1982, Reprinted 1996.

The Everything Christmas Carols Mini Book. Avon, MA: Adams Media Corporation, 2001. 

Fettke, Tom, ed., Carols Alive. Kansas City, MO: Lillenas Publishing Co., 1979.

Fox, Dan., ed., All-Time Christmas Favorites. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corp., 1983.

Franz Xaver Gruber Museum, Arnsdorf, Austria.

Fuller Maitland, J. A. (John Alexander) and W. S. Rockstro (William Smyth), English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: Leadenhall Press, ca. 1891.

Garden, John and Aylwen, Earthly Delights: Xmas Carols A serious look at the dance of caroling. Recommended.

Geibel, Adam and R. Frank Lehman, eds., Uplifted Voices. Philadelphia: Geibel & Lehman, 1901.

Gilbert and Sullivan Archive: A SULLIVAN CHRISTMAS - Christmas Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Information submitted by Paul Hawarth. 

Gilbert, Davies, Some Ancient Christmas Carols. London: John Nichols And Son, 1822,and his Second Edition, 1823.

Glory and Praise. North American Liturgy Resources, ca. 1983.

Glory and Praise. Oregon Catholic Press, Portland, OR: 2000.

Grant, Leigh, Twelve Days of Christmas: A Celebration and History (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995). Beautiful illustrations by the author, with text that supports the notion that this was originally a French forfeits song, celebrated especially at Twelfth Night (Epiphany, January 6).

Greene, Richard Leighton

  • The Early English Carols. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1935
  • A Selection of English Carols. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1962

Gundry, Roxana, To Drive The Cold Winter Away. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications, 1995.

Hall, J. Lincoln, C. Austin Miles, Adam Geibel, eds., Jubilate: Sunday School Hymnal. Winona Lake, Indiana: The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co., 1947.

Hardwig, O., ed., Wartburg Hymnal. Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Hazlitt, W. Carew , Faith and Folklore: A Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and Popular Customs, Past and Current, With Their Classical and Foreign Analogues, Described and Illustrated. Forming A New Edition of "The Popular Antiquities of Great Britain" By Brand and Ellis, Largely Extended, Corrected, Brought Down To The Present Time, and Now First Alphabetically Arranged. In Two Volumes. London: Reeves and Turner, 1905.

Heart Songs. Boston: The Chapple Publishing Company, 1909.

Heller, Ruth, Christmas: It's Carols, Customs and Legends. Minneapolis: Schmitt, Hall & McCreary Company, 1948). Also from Heller: Carols of the Nations. Poole: Blandford Press, 1955. These 61 carols are from the above cited work.

Henry, H. T., O Antiphons, found at The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent.

Hill, Christine, Homes and Holidays Family and Fun. Chris Hill's highly regarded, family-friendly site, including "My Holiday Place." Hundreds of Christmas stories, poems and Carols.  On the web since 1996.  Recommended.

Hollister, John Clark, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865).

Hone, William

  • Ancient Mysteries Described. London, 1823. Ward Lock Reprints, 1970.
  • The Every Day Book. Two Vols. London: William Tegg, 1825, 1827.
  • The Year Book, London: Thomas Tegg, 1832.

Hopkins, John Henry, Jr., Carols, Hymns and Songs (New York: Church Book Depository, 1863). Author of We Three Kings Of Orient Are.

Hopkins, J. H., ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887) Table of Contents

Husk, William Henry, Songs of the Nativity. London: John Camden Hotten, 1868, reprinted by Norwood Editions:  Norwood, PA, 1973. 

Hustad, Donald P., Hymns for the Living Church. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Company, 1980.

Hutchins, Rev. Charles L., Carols Old and Carols New. Boston: The Parish Choir, 1916. Only 1000 copies were printed of this, the largest published collection of carols in the English language. I have copy # 294. Recommended. if you can find it.

The Hymnbook. Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Church of the United States, 1955.

Hymnsite.com, selections from the United Methodist Hymnal, 1981 or The Standard Psalm Tune Book, 1851.

The Hymnal. New York: James Pott & Co., 1889. Adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church. Bethlehem, PA: Provincial Synod, 1920.

Hymnal for Christian Worship. Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1940.

Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church. New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1878.

Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church, The. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1933.

Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church, The. New York: The Church Pension Fund, 1916.

Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church, The. New York: The Church Pension Fund, 1940.

Hymnal 1982 of the Protestant Episcopal Church, The. New York: The Church Pension Fund, 1982.

The Hymnary For Use In Baptist Churches. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1936.

The Hymnuts, particularly The Hymnal Companion including the Index of Hymn Text Titles, the Index of Hymn Writers. Authors, Composers, Sources. , and the Index to Hymn Tunes. Recommended.

Irving, Washington, Old Christmas – From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving. London: Macmillan & Co., Fifth Edition, 1886; Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott.

Reginald Jacques, David Willcocks, John Rutter, eds.:

Johnson, Norman, Christmas Songs and Carols. Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration Music, Zondervan Corporation, 1974.

Jones, Griffith J., ed., Christmas Solos and Duets. Winoka Lake, IN: The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co., 1949.

Jordan, Richard, Lutheran Hymnal Online. No text or music were taken from this site, which has posted very strong copyright warnings! Contains six Lutheran hymnals, plus other material. For information that you can copy, see The Lutheran Hymnal, below.

Joseph, Robert, The Christmas Book. New York: McAfee Books, 1978.

Julian, John, Dictionary of Hymnology, 1892, 1907. Reprinted by Dover in 1957, in two volumes.

The Junior Hymnal. Rock Island, IL: Augustana Book Concern, 1928.

Karpeles, Maud , ed., Cecil Sharp's Collection of English Folk Songs, 2 Vols. London: Oxford University Press, 1974. Unfortunately, this excellent collection is long out of print and is rarely available at used book sellers; your best option is inter-library loan (as I did). It will be under copyright into well into the middle of the 21st century.

Kelly, Joseph F. The Origins of Christmas. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2004.

Keyte, Hugh and Andrew Parrott, eds.,

Kinsey, J. F., and John McPherson, eds., Echoes Of Glory For The Sunday School. LaFayette, Indiana: The Echo Music Company, 1888.

The Laffatorium Christmas humor, including carols.

Lancaster, Francine and Anya Horvath, eds., Francine Sings a Keepsake of Nursery Songs and Lullabies,. Piedmont, CA: Lancaster Horvath Productions, 1984.

Let Youth Praise Him. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1949.

Living Praise Hymnal. Grand Rapids, MI: Singspiration Music, Zondervan Corporation, 1974.

Lomax, Alan, ed., The Folk Songs of North America. Garden City, New York: Dolphin Books / Doubleday & Company, 1975. Learn more about Mr. Lomax at The Alan Lomax Collection. Born in 1915, Alan Lomax passed away on July 19, 2002.

Lomax, John A. and Alan Lomax, eds., Folk Songs: USA. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pierce, 1946.

Lutheran Book of Worship. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1978.

Lutheran Hymnal, The Contains the text of public domain hymns from this hymnal. Authorized by the Synods Constituting The Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1941. Placed in the Public Domain by Project Wittenberg, which also contains hymns and other resources. Both are recommended sites, especially for continuation of the rich German and Scandinavian chorale traditions. Texts of hymns, but no MIDI or other sound files. Recommended.

Lutheran Hymnal, The. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1941.

MacNeil, Rita, The Rita MacNeil Web Site, which contains her compositions, including Christmas carols. 

McCaskey, J. P., ed., Franklin Square Song Collection, No. 1. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881.

Marks, John, ed., Christmas Community Song Book. New York: St Nicholas Music, Inc.,1956.

Marshall, William J., O Come Emmanuel. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1993.

Michael McLean, The Forgotten Carols. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co., 1991, rev. 2003. Because this book is under copyright, none of the songs are reproduced on this site. Recommended.

McNamara, Daniel I., ed., The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Second Edition. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1952.

Menendez, Albert J. and Shirley C. Menendez, Christmas Songs Made in America: Favorite Holiday Melodies and the Stories of Their Origins. Nashville, TN: Cumberland House Publishing, 1999. By the same authors is Joy to the World: Sacred Christmas Songs Through the Ages.

Meredith, I. H., and Grant Colfax Tullar, eds., The Bible School Hymnal. New York: Tullar-Meredith Co., 1907

"Messiah" Page from the Antipas, includes an appreciation and explanation of "Messiah" together with lyrics and MIDI files.  Excellent resource.

Methodist Hymnal, The, Official Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. New York: The Methodist Book Concern, 1905.

Methodist Hymnal, The, Official Hymnal of the United Methodist Church. Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1932.

Miles, Clement A., Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan. T. Fisher Unwin, 1912, reprinted  as Christmas Customs and Traditions: Their History and Significance. New York: Dover, 1976. Also reprinted as  Christmas in Ritual and Tradition: Christmas and Pagan,  Gale Group, 1968.

Modern Hymnal. Editor, Publisher and Date information cut from hymnal; circa 1921.

Monk, W. H. and C. Steggall, eds.,

  • Hymns Ancient and Modern, For Use in the Services of the Church. London: William Clowes and Sons, Old Edition 1889, Revised and Reprinted, 1906.
  • Hymns Ancient and Modern. William Clowes And Sons, Ltd., 1922. The Standard Edition.

The Music Shoppe Includes original compositions and MP3 files of Christmas arrangements.

New English Hymnal: Full Music and Words. The Morehouse Group, 1971.

Nobbman, Dale V., Christmas Music Companion Fact Book. Anaheim Hills, CA: Centerstream Publishing, 2000.

O'Neill, Francis, Music of Ireland (Chicago: Lyon & Healy, 1903)

Osbeck, Kenneth W., Joy to the World!: The Stories Behind Your Favorite Christmas Carols. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1999.

Oxford University Press, Hymns and Carols for Christmas. Oxford, 1984. Selections from the Irish Church Hymnal.

Palmer, Roundell, ed., The Book of Praise. Boston: Sever, Francis, & Co., 1870.

Palmer, Roy , ed., Folk Songs Collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1983. Good notes.

The Parish School Hymnal. Philadelphia: Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, 1926

Pickard-Cambridge, W. A., A Collection of Dorset Carols. London: A. W. Ridley & Co., 1926. Table of Contents

Poston, Elizabeth. Recommended.  Click here for a search of works by Elizabeth Poston.

Poston, Elizabeth and Malcolm Williamson, eds., A Book Of Christmas Carols. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1988. Excellent work.

Pratt, Waldo Seldon, ed., Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, American Supplement. Philadelphia: Theodore Presser, 1920.

Preuss, Theo., ed., Christmas In Song. Milwaukee, MN: Rubank, 1947.

The Reader's Digest Merry Christmas Songbook. Pleasantville, New York: Reader’s Digest Association: revised, 2003. Excellent work.

Remson, Al, A Christmas Celebration in Song and Story. New York: Perigree, 1999. Also by Al Remson is Where Did Christmas Come From?

Rickert, Edith, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700. London: Chatto & Windus, 1914, a reprint of the edition of 1910. Excellent!

Rigby, Howard C., Jr., Christian Hymn Texts From The Public Domain, Harrock Hall Music, Liberty, South Carolina.  This very complete collection of over 650 public domain hymns is available June 1, 2003 at Handlo Music.  I was privileged to see an advance copy of this carefully researched work. Recommended.

Ringwald, Roy

Rivers, Bob, Bob Rivers’ Twisted Tunes Website. Click on The Vault to hear the songs and see many of the lyrics.

Robbins, Rossell Hope, Early English Christmas Carols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961. Scholarly work; recommended. Also from Robbins: "The Bradshaw Carols," PLMA, Vol. 81, No. 3 (June, 1966).

Roman Breviary, The. New York: Benziger Brothers, 1964.

Rosen, Jody, White Christmas: The Story of an American Song. New York: Scribner, November 19, 2002.

Routley, Erik

  • The English Carol. New York: Oxford University Press, 1959. Significant work; recommended.
  • The University Carol Book. Brighton: H. Freeman & Co., 1961.

Sandys, William

  • Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833. A seminal collection.
  • Christmas-tide. London: John Russell Smith, 1852. More designed for the general reading public; fewer carols, but a better history.

Sankey, Ira D., ed.,

  • Sacred Songs and Solos: Revised and Enlarged. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd., 1952. A monumental 1200 pieces.
  • Gospel Hymns, Vol. 1-6. Bigelo & Main, 1894.

Santa’s Favourites: Carols and Songs Plus other Christmas resources.

Santa’s Christmas Music [Site has disappeared]

Seeger, Ruth Crawford, American Folk Songs For Christmas. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1953, 1981.

Sevig, Mike and Else, Mike and Else's Norwegian Songbook. Bloomington, MN: Skandisk, 1985. Contains Christmas songs, as well as folk songs and children's songs. Excellent for the Lutefisk lovers among us.

Seymour, Ralph Fletcher, Four Old Christmas Carols, Taken From Scarce Reprints Of Early Manuscripts. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1903.

Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church of America. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Augsburg Publishing House, 1958.

Service Hymnal. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing, 1943.

Sharp, Cecil J., ed.,

  • One Hundred English Folksongs. Oliver Ditson Company, 1916, reprinted by Dover Publications, New York, 1975.
  • English Folk-Carols. London: Novello & Co., 1911

Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book
London: Mowbray & Co., Ltd., First Series, 1913, Second Series, 1919

Simon, Henry W., ed., A Treasury of Christmas Songs and Carols. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1955. Recommended.

Simon, William L., ed., The Reader's Digest Merry Christmas Songbook. Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest Association, revised 2003.

Silent Night Web Devoted to the Christmas song Silent Night, Holy Night. Excellent.

Sims, Al, Jr., God's Hymns In MIDI Format. All MIDIs, no text. An excellent site.

Stille Nacht Museum, Salzburg, Austria. Excellent.

Songs in Season. Chicago: A. Flanagan Co., 1899.

Studwell, William E.. All Recommended.

Studwell, William E., and Dorothy E. Jones, Publishing Glad Tidings: Essays on Christmas Music. New York: Haworth Press, 1998. Recommended.

Supplement to the Book of Hymns. Nashville, TN: The Parthenon Press, 1982.

Sweatshop Christmas Carols by "MSN", 1998

Sylvestre, Joshua (or Sylvester)A Garland of Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern ... some never before printed. London: John Camden Hotten, 1861. "Sylvestre" is believed to be a pseudonym for a collaboration between William Sandys and William Henry Husk.

Tanguay, James, A Celtic Recorder Christmas. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications, 2003.

Terry, Richard R.

  • A Medieval Carol Book. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, Ltd., 1931. Excellent work.
  • Gilbert and Sandys' Christmas Carols. London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, Ltd., 1931; interlibrary loan.
  • Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1933); obtained on interlibrary loan.

Tobitt, Janet E., ed., The Ditty Bag. New York: Janet E. Tobitt, 1946.

Top 101 Christmas Songs, "Webfitz"

The Ultimate Series: Christmas. 100 Seasonal Favorites; Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, No Date.

Ultimate Christmas Fake Book. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 1992. More than 200 Songs

Unity School of Christianity, Wings of Song. Unity Village, MO: Unity Books, 1984.

Van Pelt, John R. and Peter C. Lutkin, eds., The Methodist Sunday School Hymnal. New York: The Methodist Book Concern, 1911.

Vizetelly, Henry, Christmas With The Poets. London: David Bogue, 1851. Described as "a collection of songs, carols, and descriptive verses relating to the festival of Christmas from the Anglo-Norman period to the present time." Also includes 50 tinted illustrations by Birket Foster. Very nice volume, and very rare. A Second Edition appeared in 1852. A Sixth Edition was published in 1872 by Ward, Lock & Tyler (which has three additions over the Second Edition). The latter two are available as complete downloads from Google™ Books.

Wasner, Franz, ed., The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs. New York: Pantheon Books, 1950, 1977. Fifty-six songs from 11 countries, with notes by Wasner. Introduction by Maria Augusta Trapp; illustrations by Agathe Trapp.

The Wassail Page!!!! The Web's Wassail Epicenter!!, a source for many wassail songs, plus pages discussing the history of wassail, recipes of wassails, literary text allusions to wassail, and more. Recommended.

Weintraub, Stanley, Silent Night. New York: The Free Press, 2001.

Weller, Shane, ed., Christmas Carols : Complete Verses. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1992.

Wilcox, Glenn, ed., Early American Christmas Music. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications, 1995.

Williams, Hillary, Christmas Carols. London: The British Museum Press, 1998. Illustrated with greeting cards from the Queen Mary Collection.

Winkworth, Catherine

Woodward, George Radcliffe

  • The Cowley Carol Book, First & Second Series
    London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., ca. 1902, 1912

  • Songs of Syon. London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908

  • With Charles Wood, An Italian Carol Book. London: The Faith Press, Ltd., 1920
  • The Babe of Bethlehem. Highgate Village, 1923. Text only; no music.
  • With Charles Wood, The Cambridge Carol-Book. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924.

Work, John W., American Negro Songs. New York: Howell, Soskin & Co., 1940. , described as "A comprehensive collection of 230 folk songs, religious and secular, with a forward by John W. Work."

World’s Best Christmas Carols, The. Cincinnati, OH: The Standard Publishing Co., 1931, 1954.

Wright, Thomas

  • Specimens of Old Christmas Carols. The Percy Society,  1841

  • Songs and Carols. The Percy Society, 1847

Young, Rev. J. Freeman, ed., Carols For Christmas Tide (New York: Daniel Dana, Jr., 1859). Includes the first known publication of Young's Silent Night, Holy Night.

Zorn, Cynthia, German Christmas Songs, Poems and Stories -- good source of many of the most popular German songs, plus poems and stories. [Link broken, July 17, 2006]

I typed this up because I was having difficulty remembering what hymnals and carol collections I owned; I have purchased, over time, several duplicates. Within the two categories, the entries are sorted by year of publication. The third workbook has titles that I am currently seeking. Does not include other Christmas reference books.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society webpage contains an excellent bibliography of publications related to Carols. See: English Folk Song Bibliography, Section 9. Carols.

There are many, many sites containing the lyrics and music of Christmas Carols.
Omission should not be considered an intentional slight.

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How Still The Night

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Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

 A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

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Favorites from the 19th Century —
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