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Appendix A

William Studwell’s Christmas Carol Classifications

Section 1: Christmas As A Holy Day

  • Birth of Jesus
  • Mary and Joseph
  • Angels
  • Shepherds
  • "Three Kings"
  • Nights of Christmas
  • Christmas Worship
  • Spirituals
  • Christmas Joy

Section 2: Christmas As A Holiday

  • Winter Fun
  • Holiday Greetings
  • Holiday Festivities
  • Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations
  • Caroling
  • Christmas bells
  • Santa Claus
  • Christmas Animals
  • Novelty Songs
  • Holiday Memories

Source: William E. Studwell, The Christmas Carol Reader (New York: Harrington Park Press, 1995)

Professor Studwell's biography, and his Carol of the Year series.

The divisions, plus full contents of The Christmas Carol Reader are:

Subdivisions of Christmas Carols and Hymns


The Birth of Jesus

  • Away in a Manger
  • The Babe
  • The Birthday of a King
  • A Boy Is Born in Bethlehem
  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
  • The Child Jesus
  • Coventry Carol
  • From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
  • He Is Born, the Holy Child
  • He Smiles Within His Cradle
  • In the Bleak Mid-Winter
  • Jesus Holy, Born So Lowly
  • Bethlehem!
  • O Come, Little Children
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Once in Royal David's City
  • Polish Lullaby
  • Rocking
  • The Simple Birth
  • Sleep, My Little Jesus
  • The Sleep of the Infant Jesus
  • The Snow Lay on the Ground
  • Song of the Nuns of Chester
  • What Child Is This'?

Mary and Joseph

  • Ave Maria
  • Blessed Be That Maid Marie
  • The Cherry Tree Carol
  • I Sing of a Maiden
  • Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
  • The Seven Joys of Mary
  • There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
  • A Virgin Most Pure


  • Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came upon the Midnight Clear
  • Susani

The Shepherds

  • Angels and Shepherds
  • Come Leave Your Sheep
  • The First Nowell
  • Shepherd, Shake off' Your Drowsy Sleep
  • Shepherd's Carol
  • Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance
  • While by My Sheep
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

The "Three Kings"

  • As with Gladness Men of Old
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • The March of the Kings
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are

The Nights of Christmas

  • Brightest and Best
  • Carol of the Bagpipers
  • How Brightly Beams the Morning Star
  • O Holy Night
  • Silent Night, Holy Night
  • Star of the East
  • There's a Song in the Air
  • 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
  • Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

Christmas Worship

  • Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
  • The Garden of Jesus
  • Love Came Down at Christmas
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten
  • Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
  • Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying


  • Children, Go Where I Send Thee!
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • I Wonder as I Wander
  • The Last Month of the Year
  • Mary Had a Baby
  • Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow

Christmas Joy

  • All My Heart This Night Rejoices
  • Christians, Awake, Salute the Happy Morn
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  • The Happy Christmas Comes Once More
  • I Am So Glad on Christmas Eve
  • In Dulci Jubilo
  • Joy to the World!
  • Masters in This Hall
  • Thou Joyful Day



Winter Fun

  • Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
  • A Marshmallow World
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Winter Wonderland

Holiday Greetings

  • God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
  • Happy Holiday
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Holiday Festivities

  • Auld Lang Syne
  • The Boar's Head Carol
  • Christmas Is Coming
  • Dance Carol
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Gloucestershire Wassail
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

The Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations

  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
  • O Christmas Tree / O Tannenbaum
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree


  • Caroling, Caroling
  • Fum, Fum, Fum
  • On Christmas Night
  • Sing We Now of Christmas
  • Wassail Song
  • We Sing in Celebration

Christmas Bells

  • Carol of the Bells
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Jingle Bells
  • Silver Bells

Santa Claus

  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Up on the Housetop
  • Just Because He's Santa Claus

Christmas Animals

  • Almost Day
  • Carol of the Birds
  • The Chipmunk Song
  • The Christmas Nightingale
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • The Friendly Beasts
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Novelty Songs

  • All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Patapan
  • Suzy Snowflake
  • Toyland
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Welcome Christmas

Holiday Memories

  • The Christmas Song
  • Home for the Holidays
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • White Christmas

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