Big List of Christmas Carols & Songs (updated for 2021)

This is a very long post.... I've just listed a lot of carols here within categories, so you can find the ones you want and the style you want fairly easily. I hate labelling things as "kid's songs" because I find that kids really like the traditional carols if they get a chance to, so I've called one category "Child-focussed".  These might be particularly helpful if you are planning a pageant! I've put the traditional carols at the end of the post in alphabetical order, because you probably know which ones of those you want to sing.

Newer Christmas Songs
  • CoC03 All over creation (Shirley Murray) These words will wake up your congregation. Particularly good for Christmas Eve or a Christmas night service. Challenging words. Nice lilting tune. Lyrics.
  • StS025 / LBW074 / GtG160 / G(II)269 / GC356 / CP(E) 42 / W&R206 / Cha141 / 82Hml-104 A Stable Lamp Is Lighted (Richard Wilbur) Starting From the stable, ending on the cross. This has a nice celticish tune, which is simple to sing, and a refrain of "and every stone shall cry". I like it. Lyrics and links to youtube videos of two possible tunes.  Sound sample from Ana Hernández; this version is probably better for a soloist. It's lovely.
  • CoC04 All who would see God's greatness (Marnie Barrell) I prefer tune (ii) by Colin Gibson. These words are lovely and gentle, but still challenging. I like the call to "draw near". Lyrics 
  • SP&P110 With one voice the angels sing / Love has come (Matt Maher) This is a very joyful new Christmas eve, or Christmas day song. I really think a choral arrangement of this would work. SP&P has more inclusive lyrics than the original, so seek that out. It also skips the bridge part, that doesn't work so well in my opinion. Nice choral version.
  • God Comes Tomorrow (Iona) Give us this year (Iona) Beautiful words seeking a more mature response to Christmas, sung to an old hymn tune (NEUMARK). The tune is not familiar to me, but is not difficult to sing, and if you have a choir, sounds particularly lovely. New words to old tunesLyrics.  
  • AA012 / CoC08 / STB141 Child of Christmas story (Shirley Murray) A lovely Christmas song; very focussed on the Christ child. Simple tune. Lyrics and sheet music.   
  • StF211 Night of peace: hail the holy child (Daniel Damon) A simple and quite beautiful new carol. This would not be too hard to sing. It's pretty lovely, and particularly good for an evening service. Sound sample (tune only).
  • AA014 / CoC09 / STB144 / StF194 Child of joy and peace (Shirley Murray) Excellent words for Christmas and Epiphany; recognises the poverty of Christ and constrasts it with the greed of Christmas - without being too heavy handed. I like the Ian Render tune (JENNIFER'S GIFT) best, even though it's a little tricky. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • VU40 / WoV636 / GtG125 Before the marvel of this night (Jaroslav Vajda) Excellent, otherworldly words, and a beautiful tune. "Sing bliss, sing bliss, sing endless bliss!". Clunky sound sample.
  • CoC15 Come now where we least expect you (Marnie Barrell) Challenging words and a tune that could be pretty groovy. "Christ is found far beyond our sacred ground". Indeed! Lyrics.
  • Online resource / MV047 Born in human likeness (Bruce Harding) A simple Christmas round. Good for kids. Sheet music and sound sample.
  • MV158 / FFS12 Dream a dream (Shirley Murray) Broad words of hope for the future of creation and the world's people. I think the first tune in Faith Forever Singing (by Nigel Eastgate) is the most intuitive and interesting. GIA music also have a tune by Lori True which fits together with Dona Nobis Pacem which could be really lovely if you have a choir, especially a children's choir (sound sample). Lyrics and the Nigel Eastgate tune  Lori True version can be purchased online from GIA.
  • Online Resource From the void sprang all creation (David Bjorlin) Words linking the birth of the cosmos to the birth of Christ and all human birth. Set to the familiar tune AR HYD Y NOS. Sheet music sample, lyrics and purchasing options. New words to old tunes
  • HiOS133 / Online Resource There is no child so small / Carol of the least child ll over creation (Shirley Murray) A song crying out to consider the children who are overlooked by all but God. HiOS has two tunes; one by Jillian Bray and one by Colin Gibson. Sheet music and lyrics (Jim Strathdee tune). Sound sample (Colin Gibson tune). Sound sample (Jim Strathdee tune). Sound sample (Henry Hinnant - Choral version!)
  • Iona (M&G) / CH359 / MV033 / GtG137 / ZSS54 / StJ / ELW253 / GA293 / SFFS 2085 / G(II)276 / GC370 / GC(II)364 / G(3)429 / CP368 / W&R402 He came down that we may have love/ Jesus came bringing us hope (Traditional Cameroon) A lovely simple song - you can make up words and have a lot of fun with this if you also use some drums. Sheet music and lyrics (PDF). Good for kids.
  • Cha158 Her baby newly breathing (Brian Wren) Realistic words of Mary's motherhood of a real life type of infant, to the familiar tune MERLE'S TUNE. The final verse sings of creating Wisdom "constricted into maleness, and of a woman born". Lyrics (set to a different tune). New words to old tunes.  
  • CoC28 I didn't hear the angels sing (Iris McCoy) Lovely statement of faith despite not having witnessed the Christmas events. Simple tune.
  • StS028 / WoV638 / G(II)275 / GC369 / GC(II)354 / G(3)443 / W&R199 Holy Child within the Manger (Marty Haugen) Lovely words and a simple gentle tune. lyrics
  • CH329 / AA108 / CoC33 O little Love who comes again (Shirley Murray) A lovely gentle and thoughtful Christmas song, which would also work for Epiphany. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • Online Resource Like a Child (Daniel Damon) A simple song about all that we can learn from children, and the Christ child. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • MV149 / CoC35 Peace for our children (Doreen Lankshear-Smith) A simple and quite repetitive (in a nice way) song that prays for peace for children, women, men, families, nations… and the soul. Lyrics (scroll down).  
  • ELW292 / GtG110 Love Has Come (Ken Bible) Christmas A lovely song of love being born. A good song for kids to a simple French carol tune. Lyrics Good for kids. New words to old tunes.
  • AoV2-043 / ATFG520 / CoC40 / NCH538 / SFFS 2095 / GC(II)355 / G(3)449 / SP&P174 / W&R223 / ZSS63 / VF035 Star-Child (Shirley Murray) A lovely lovely carol. Very easy to sing. A big favourite! Lyrics and sample sheet music.
  • Online Resource / TiS 287 / CH287 / StS011 / GC(II)768 / G(3)876 No wind at the window (John Bell) Wonderful words to the familiar Celtic tune COLUMCILLE that focus on Mary's decision to say "Yes" to God. Very easy to sing. Works well for Advent and Christmas. Sheet music sample (for a simple choral version with violin and guitar parts), sound sample, and purchasing options. New words to old tunes.
  • Online Resource / VU97 / GC(II)376 / G(3)450 When a star is shining (Where the Promise Shines) (Sylvia Dunstan) would also be good for Epiphany. Sheet music sample including string quartet if desired, sound sample, and purchasing options.
  • TiS 288 / Iona Not the powerful not the privileged (John Bell) Lyrics (scroll down)
  • AA154 / CoC48 Where is the room? (Shirley Murray) More beautiful words of hope and peace and hospitality. Simple tune to sing. Lyrics
  • Songs from the Still Strange Land / Songs for the People of God Book 4 The stillness of anticipation / Turning point of time (Neil Quintrell / Doug Simper) I really love this Australian carol. It's not easy for a congregation, so will need to be taught. Lyrics (scroll down)
  • AA159 / CoC50 Who is the child that is to be born? (Shirley Murray) Lovely lilting melody and beautiful words. Maybe more Adventy? Sheet music and lyrics.
  • G(II)268 / GC355 The Tiny Child to Bethlehem Came (Marty Haugen) Good words of hope for peace sung to a sort of Celtic tune, which is not too hard. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample
  • AA141 / CoC44 The wind blew keen (Colin Gibson) A beautiful carol, with simple straightforward Celtic type tune. I hope this becomes popular, because it's really lovely. Lyrics
  • Unusual source When our God came to earth (Tim Spencer and Steve Vent) These words are to the same tune as “Long ago, prophets new” (THEODORIC). "Let the poor rejoice! Let the mute give voice! Love is shown, God is known, Christ is born of Mary". Lyrics and sound sample. New words to old tunes.
  • GtG120 Where shepherds lately knelt (Jaroslav Vajda) Excellent and quite personal reflective words recognising faith in the midst of doubt. The tune is lovely, but will need to be taught, or sung by your musicians.  Lyrics and a youtube video.
  • Iona / NCH153 / GtG138 / CH295 / G(II)267 / GC350 / SP022 / StF222 Who would think that what was needed (God's surprise) (John Bell) I love the challenge to our priorities in this song. The lyrics are to the traditional tune SCARLET RIBBONS. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Keyboard sound sample. New words to old tunes.
  • Iona / TiS 325 / G(II)277 / GC(II)381 Who is the baby an hour or two old / AYE CAROL (John Bell) Very simple flowing tune and good challenging words “Will you come with me, e’vn though I feel shy?” seems perfect for those who rarely step into a church. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Slow sound sample. Your congregation will expire if you try to sing it this slowly, even though it sounds very pretty with a soloist....
  • Online Resource I have a song to sing (Rob Ferguson) New words to the folk tune "10 guitars". This is so joyful and encourages some dancing, perhaps in a circle, or in lines, depending on your congregation. Lyrics. Tune sample and chords (and original lyrics) 
  • Within a stall a baby lies cradled (David Wood) Inspiring words for Christmas Eve full of hope for a better world. Free sheet music.
  • NCH150 / Iona / StS027 Sing a different song now Christmas is here (Iona Community) A joyful song about how Christmas changes how we think of Go. Lyrics.  
  • Online Resource A brilliant star was shining bright (Adan Tice / Sally Ann Morris) Beautiful words of how Christ's birth turns around the power structures of our time. Nice tune which could be sung by a congregation or choir. Sheet music sample, sound sample, lyrics and purchasing options.
Newer songs: Winter Christmas
  • Online resource A babe was born a little one / Winter's child (Daniel Damon) A gentle storytelling song with the repeated line "in the dark'ning time of the year. Very simple to sing. Sheet music and lyrics. Jazz arrangement.
  • VU049 / CP129 No crowded eastern street (Frieda Major) This song is a good Christmas hymn for those who live in the plains or prairies in the Northern Hemisphere. Lovely words, and a simple tune. Youtube version of a tune that is not in either book - includes lyrics.
  • A&M185 / GC(II)362 / G(3)434 / SP69 Dark is the night / Sing Alleluia (Patrick O'Brien) Excellent and simple Christmas song which reflects the magnificat and the happiness of Jesus’ parents. I especially like the last verse “Hope for the poor, release for the captive, Love for the outcast, light for weary eyes; Word that brings life, embracing humanity, Jesus, companion be born into our lives”. It would be particularly good for a Christmas eve service. The chorus would also work very nicely on its own. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Mushy sound sample. Available for purchase online.
  • VU078 Sing till sundown hum your joy (Eileen Spinelli) A song for snowy places. This is a quite delightful song of hope "Now we're dancing through the snow"! 
  • G(II)274 / GC365 / GC(II)360 / G(3)432 Silent in the Chill of Midnight (Francis Patrick O'Brien) Quite nice Christmas lullaby. Northern Hemisphere specific. 
Newer songs: Summer Christmas
  • AA028 / CoC16 / STB145 Come to this Christmas singing (Shirley Murray) Joyous sheep-farming, beach-loving Christmas song. New Zealand specific because of the word "aroha", unless it fits your congregation. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • TiS 322 / AHB 246 The north wind is tossing the leaves (John Wheeler) Dusty Australian carol. Lyrics.
  • Online Resource Christmas in Australia (Heather Price) Good fun song about Australian Christmas traditions, including beaches, picnics and caring for the poor. Sheet music and recording
  • CoC52 You are born in us again (Mark Wilson) A lovely gentle song. Simple to sing. I would swing it just a little. "Like the warmth of the summer wind you come"… Lyrics (in an order of service).
  • Unknown Source The Silver Stars are in the Sky (John Wheeler) This is a lovely gentle nativity song with Australian birds and dust and animals. Youtube. Lyrics.  
  • ATOK 318 / Iona (SBL) / CH762 / MV036 / WoV788 / SFFS 2033 / SP&P078 / URW403 Glory to God / Gloria di dios (Peru) Good fun. Great for kids - call and response. SFFS has a good Trinitarian formula for it. Lyrics, sound and sheet music samples. Good for kids.
  • TiS 773 /  ATW 431 / NCH756 / CH760 / UMH072 / VU37 / WoV640 / GA291 / G(II)199 / GC(II)253 / G(3)426 / W&R240 / Cha034 / URW380 Glory to God / Gloria Gloria (Taize) The refrain is excellent - joyous, simple, a round. Everything. The verses are not great. Sheet music (chorus only) and sound samples. Good for kids.
  • Iona (TI1AU) / MV038 Glory to God / Nzamuranza (Mozambique / Matsikenyiri) Simple African call and response song. Great harmonies. Sound sample.
  • CoC20 Gloria (Jillian Bray) A pretty majestic gloria in 4 part harmony.  
  • CoC23 Gloria in excelsis (Colin Gibson) This is a pretty groovy gloria, with some modernised words "Peace be to all on this earth that we share. Peace the be vision and peace be our care".  
  • CoC21 Gloria (Colin Gibson) This Latin gloria could be sung as a simple chant, a 3- part canon or a four part chorale!
  • GC(II)190 Glory to God in the highest (Beneath the Tree of Life) (Marty Haugen) Communion response A good joyful Gloria. Just needs a word substituion for "his people" to "God's people". The sound sample actually does that and it still works well. Sound sample.
  • TiS 731 /  SFFS 2017 / GtG155 / G(II)377 / GC557 / GC(II)535 / G(3)618 / W&R212 / PfAS100G / URW383 / Lau691 Raise a song of gladness / Jubilate Servite (Taize) Glorious, fun round. If your congregation balks at singing in Latin, it can be sung in English as "Raise a song of gladness, all the earth, Christ has come, bringing peace, joy to every heart, Alleluia Alleluia, Joy to every heart (x2)". This is not a Gloria, but it has the feel of one! Sound sample.
Folk / World Songs
  • NCH154 / UMH251 / VU43 / LBW070 / ELW290 / HPP110 / PH029 / GtG136 / GC359 / GC(II)363 / G(3)428 / W&R218 / Cha167 / ZSS59 / 82Hml-099 / Lau164 / MP179 Go tell it on the mountain (John Work) Very simple and lots of fun. There are lots of versions of the lyrics. Good for kids.
  • NCH136 / StS019 / GtG126 / ELW297 W&R219 Jesus Jesus O what a wonderful child (African-American) Not easy for a congregation if it's not familiar. Sound sample.
  • CH310 / CP(E) 68 / W&R227 / StF216 See him lying on a bed of straw (Michael Perry) This song (Calypso Carol) is cool, especially if you get some crazy bass singing action happening. I have a 3 part a capella arrangement that I did of this a very long time ago which uses that approach. Sound sample. Good for kids.
  • NCH149 As shepherds filled with joy / Pastores a Belén (Traditional Puerto Rican) Fun and joyful. A shepherd song. "Vamos, vamos, vamos a ver!" (Hurry, hurry, hurry and see!) Good for kids.
  • NCH155 The magi who to Behlehem did go / Los magos que llegaron a Belén (Manuel Fernandez Juncas) Traditional Puerto Rican carol. This is so much fun to sing. A great alternative for Epiphany. Sound sample.
  • NCH147 There were shepherds keeping their watch / See the little baby (Donald Swift) A fun gospel-style song; would also be good for a choir.
  • STB134 Sun has gone night has arrived / Bheri goth chharda ni chharda (Locknath Manaen) A pretty Christmas song from the Shepherds' point of view from Nepal. This would be best sung by a soloist at first. Sound sample
  • STB136 Tonight We See The Light Of The World / Ai domma tubuh saborngin on (A.K. Saragih) A humble carol from Indonesia in English and Bahasa. "Behold! Born in straw-covered manger, the whole world's baby Lord".  
  • STB137 In The Fields Of Efrata / Di ladang Efrata para gembala (Waldemar Simamora) Christmas A good carol from the perspective of the Shepherds. In English and Bahasa. The tune will need to be taught, but it's really pretty.  
  • STB140 Holy night blessed night (Zhu / Wu / Shi) I like the words of this. The melody is not easy for a Western congregation. Perhaps a soloist could sing it. Verses in Mandarin or English. Choral version sheet music and sound sample.
  • NCH137 / VU52 / PH052 Sheep fast asleep / Hitsuji Wa Nemure Ri (Genzō Miwa) Japanese carol. Very peaceful. Lyrics (English only).
  • ATAR631 / NCH161 / SFFS 2072 / PH299 / W&R249 / ZSS207-d Amen Amen / See the little baby (African-American) This is not so well known in Australia, where it may be better sung by a choir, or as a call and response; the response will need to be taught.  Good for kids.
  • TiS 307 / AHB 232 / CH300 / VU73 / SFFS 2098 / G(II)264 / GC345 / GC(II)378 / G(3)454 / CP128 / ZSS60 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy (West Indian Traditional) Love it. Make sure you note the timing of the music - it's not quite what most people anticipate. Good for kids.
  • VU70 / WoV645 / SFFS 2096 / HPP105 / PH050 / GtG135 / G(II)271 / GC360 / GC(II)375 / G(3)453 / W&R209 There's a star in the east on Christmas morn (African American traditional) I like this one. Calling people while celebrating Christmas
  • NCH151 / Iona (SBL) / UMH244 / VU071 / LBW072 / ELW284 / HPP119 / PH061 / GtG142 / G(II)272 / GC361 / CP146 / W&R213 / Cha166 / 82Hml-114 Twas in the moon of wintertime (Jean de Brebeuf) I love this one, and it does a good job of making the Christmas story Native American.
  • FFS46 Lullaby sing lullaby (Peter Godfrey) This could work in a Christmas Pageant, or be used as a family lullaby during the Christmas season.
  • Online Resource Are you ready? (Heather Price / Davies) This is a fun song for kids, which could be sung with actions, I reckon. With a chorus of "Are you ready? Christmas is here! Shake your hands and feet, dancing to the beat. Wiggle your toes and reach for the stars, open wide your heart 'cos now it's time to start. This is the Christmas story, we can sing and shout, [...a bit I can't work out...] There's animals and angels, a baby and a star, a message of peace that has travelled far". Would be a great start to a Christmas pageant, as it mentions each of the characters and their role in the story. Good for kids. Sheet music and recording
  • Online Resource Gifts from the Stable (Heather Price / Davies) This would be a lot of fun for smaller kids, or for a Christmas Pageant if you want to focus on the animals that may have been present at the birth of Christ. Good for kids. Sheet music and recording.
  • StF203 I had a dream that I was standing on a hillside (Andy Piercy) This might be fun for shepherds to sing, with the congregation joining the chorus, in a Christmas Pageant.
  • CH302 / StF206 It was on a starry night when the hills were bright (Joy Webb) This could work well in a Christmas Pageant.
  • Online Resource Christmas Letter (Heather Price / Davies) A quiet song, not a congregational song, but a nice solo bringing us reminders of the reason behind all the Christmas hustle and bustle. This could be sung by an adult, for the children, or taught to a children's choir. Based on the letters of C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s; ah, so you could use cut-outs of each letter if you want to do something fun! Sheet music and recording
  • AoVK-60 / AA004 / CoC05 And did you see him little star? (Helen Clyde) Good words. Simple to sing and great for children. I like the idea of the star being the observer and the guide. Good for kids.
  • AoV2-168 / ATA 134 / GGives2 At Christmas time the birds all sing / Christmas in the scrub (Leigh Newton) Silly and fun Christmas song for Australian kids. Good for kids.
  • NCH141 / AA009/ CoC07 Carol our Christmas (Shirley Murray) A fun Southern Hemisphere Christmas song. Good for kids.
  • ATAR683 Sleep, little baby (Robin Mann) Christmas A good song about the Christ-child. Great for a Christmas Pageant. I like the final phrase "You are the end of fear". Good for kids.  
  • Online resource Celebrate Emmanuel (David MacGregor) This is a simple song, which you could use with the verses, or just sing the chorus. Sheet music. Good for kids.
  • Online resource Christmas time - we celebrate! (David MacGregor) A good song for kids. I don't think the sound sample shows how cool this song could be... use some imagination and have fun with it!  Good for kids.
  • CoC12 Clippety-clop clippety clop (Jackie Wise) A fun kids' song about the donkey ride and the lack of room in the inn. Good for a pageant!   Good for kids.
  • ATAR594 Donkey donkey (Leigh Newton) A fun song - we have used this for our Christmas Pageant. It's catchy! Good for kids.
  • CoC17 Don't tell anyone (SHHH! Not anyone) (Colin Gibson) This song would be just perfect for a leader + kids to sing at the start of a Christmas Pageant. Good for kids.  
  • CoC19 Get up get up no time to yawn (Colin Gibson) A very fun song for Christmas morning. I think it would be pretty straightforward to sing, but given the number of visitors on Christmas day, it might be good to get a group to sing it. "Come friend, come stranger, here's no danger, follow shepherds and kings to the manger where Christ, the Christ is born". Good for kids.
  • ATOK 338 In a dusty old place called Bethlehem / God in human shoes (Matthew Thiele) Good for kids.
  • NCH138 / UMH227 / VU056 / HPP98 Jesus our brother strong and good / kind and good (French carol) Good for kids especially. Good for kids.
  • AoV2-043 / ATFG520 / CoC40 / NCH538 / SFFS 2095 / GC(II)355 / G(3)449 / SP&P174 / W&R223 / ZSS63 Star-Child (Shirley Murray) A lovely lovely carol. Very easy to sing. A big favourite! Lyrics and sample sheet music.
  • CoC42 The jersey cow came mooing (Colin Gibson) Fun song for little kids with lots of animal sounds at the stable. Good for a pageant, too. Good for kids.
  • CoC46 Two tired people asked for rest (Joye Taylor) Good song for a Christmas Eve pageant. I suggest getting the congregation to just join in on the chorus "No room, no room, you can't stay here, we can't take any more, but in the stable you can make a bed upon the straw." Good for kids.
  • CoC47 When Joseph and Mary (Colin Gibson) Another good song for kids and adults too. The words are strong enough to shake adults up a bit, but fun enough for kids to enjoy as well. Good for kids.
  • TiS 325 / G(II)277 / GC371 / GC(II)381 / G(3)456 / Lau153 Who is the baby an hour or two old? (John Bell) Catchy - will need to be taught the first time Good for kids.
Choral works
  • Online resource Bethlehem Night (Terry Taylor) A lovely song for a children's choir; would be great at the end of a pageant. Sound sample and sheet music. Good for kids.
  • Online Resource / MV158 / FFS12 Dream a dream (Shirley Murray) Broad words of hope for the future of creation and the world's people. I think the first tune in Faith Forever Singing (by Nigel Eastgate) is the most intuitive and interesting. GIA music also have a tune by Lori True which fits together with Dona Nobis Pacem which could be really lovely if you have a choir, especially a children's choir (sound sample). Lyrics and the Nigel Eastgate tune Lori True version can be purchased online from GIA
  • Online resource Nature holds its breath (Mary Louise Bringle / William Rowan) A beautiful song of all creation joining in the wonder of the birth of the Christ child. Would not be too difficult. Sound and sheet music samples, and purchasing options. 
Traditional Anglo-European Carols (Alphabetical)
  • VU068 / CP151 All poor ones and humble (Katherine Roberts) Lyrics.
  • TiS 309 / AHB 235 / NCH126 / CH324 / UMH220 / VU036 / LBW050 / ELW275 / GtG143 / CP143 / G(3)438 / CP(E) 44 / W&R189 / Cha149 / Srce2-29 / 82Hml-093 / Lau131 / StF190 / MP035 Angels From the realms of glory (James Montgomery) Lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • AoVK-64 / HPP121 / PH023 / GC347 / GC(II)361 Angels sing their praises ring (Newton)  
  • AoV2-140 / NCH125 / UMH238 / VU038 / LBW071 / ELW289 / GA286 / HPP125 / PH022 / GtG113 / GC358 / GC(II)369 / G(3)430 / W&R188 / Cha155 / 82Hml-096 / Lau130 Angels we have heard on high (French traditional) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 318 / AHB 242 / NCH124 / CH312 / UMH217 / VU069 / WoV644 / LBW067 / ELW278 / GA289 / HPP132 / PH025 / GtG114 / GC353 / GC(II)365 / G(3)448 / CP126 / CP(E) 45 / W&R203 / W&R205 / Cha147 / Srce51 / 82Hml-101 / Lau137 / StF191 / MP047 Away in a Manger (Unknown) I'm not wild about this carol. A non-crying baby. Doesn't sound fully human to me. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 323 / AoV2-101 /ATA 141 / NCH152 / VU095 / PH030 / GtG158 / CP130 / W&R194 / StF193 / MP062 Born in the night Mary's child (Geoffrey Ainger) Sheet music and lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 319 / AHB 241 / CH314 / Lau141 / MP071 Child in the manger infant of Mary (Mary Macdonald, translated by Lachlan Macbean) Words of the outcast, infant Christ who becomes the victorious Redeemer. Sung to the well known tune BUNESSAN. CH has the original Gaelic text. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 306 / AHB 231 / CP(E)48 / Srce2-73 / 82Hml-106 / StF195 / MP080 Christians awake salute the happy morn (John Byrom) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 321 / AHB 245 Coldly the night winds winging (Morris Martin) I think this is one of the most beautiful carols in existence. 
  • AHB 233 / HPP140 / GC366 / GC(II)366 / 82Hml-105 God rest you merry gentlemen / people all (Unknown) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 313 / AHB 238 / NCH129 / CH322 / UMH224 / VU035 / LBW055 / ELW288 / HPP97 / PH028 / GtG132 / GC(II)367 / G(3)435 / CP153 / W&R198 / Cha164 / 82Hml-107 / Lau139 / MP196 Good Christian friends / Good Christians all rejoice (Latin) Some versions have that odd bar "News! News!" in the middle. I wonder where that came from? Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 303 / AHB 227 / AoV1-171 / NCH144 / CH301 / UMH240 / VU048 / LBW060 / ELW270 / GA294 / HPP123 / PH031 / GtG119 / GC348 / GC(II)356 / G(3)424  / CP138 / CP(E) 53 / W&R185 / Cha150 / ZSS62 / Srce202 / 82Hml-087 / Lau155 / StF202 / MP211 Hark the herald angels sing (CharlesWesley)  One of those carols that we sing pretty much every year at Brunswick. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • PH034 / CP580 In Bethlehem a Babe Was Born (Barbara Mays) Joyful, and good words.
  • VU077 / PH035 / 82Hml-246 In Bethlehem a Newborn Boy (Rosamond Herklots) Great words acknowledging the danger Christ was born into, the danger that still exists today, and Christ's redemptive power over it.
  • NCH128 / CH305 / UMH221 / VU055 / ELW294 / HPP115 / PH036 / GtG144 / CP122 / CP(E) 55 / W&R196 / Srce2-275 / 82Hml-112 / Lau144 / StF204 / MP337 In the bleak midwinter (Christina Rossetti) Beautiful. Very Northern-hemispherific though. Lyrics
  • TiS 327 In the fields near Bethlehem (Wesley Milgate / Siu-Yun Sen)
  • TiS 292 / AHB 225 / UMH229 / VU58 / LBW044 / ELW276 / HPP130 / PH037 / GtG128 / GC354 / GC(II)377 / G(3)445 / CP125 / W&R221 / Cha163 / Lau138 / MP342 Infant holy Infant lowly (Polish carol) One of my favourites! Lyrics and sound sample. You may also like to listen to these new lyrics on the album Advent Songs from The Porter's Gate.
  • NCH131 / CH303 / UMH218 / VU44 / LBW054 / ELW282 / HPP128 / PH038 / GtG123 / GC367 / GC(II)379 / G(3)433 / CP140/1 CP(E) 56 / W&R191 / Cha153 / Srce2-289 / 82Hml-089 / Lau135 / StF205 / MP345 It came upon the midnight clear (Edmund Sears)
  • TiS 268 / AHB 224 / AoV1-170 / NCH132 / CH320 / UMH246 / VU59 / LBW039 / ELW267 / GA295 / HPP107 / PH040 / GtG134 / GC343 / GC(II)353 / G(3)437 / CP154 / CP(E) 57 / W&R179 / Cha143 / Srce399 / 82Hml-100/ Lau156 / MP393 Joy to the world The Lord is come (Isaac Watts) A classic. Amelia Koh-Butler has written some fun Australian lyrics to this. See them here in the Facebook GroupOldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 317 / AHB 243 / NCH165 / CH316 / UMH242 / HPP95 / CP131 / CP(E) 59 / W&R210 / 82Hml-084 / StF210 Love came down at Christmas (Christina Rossetti) Needs one small change in AHB to make it gender inclusive for people. NCH does this by replacing "all men" with "neighbour" in the last verse. I prefer the tune in TiS / AHB. Lyrics and odd-looking angels. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 304 / AHB 228 / AoV1-167 / NCH135 / CH306 / UMH234 / VU060 / LBW045 / ELW722 / GA287 / HPP100 / PH041 / GtG133 / GC341 / GC(II)357 / G(3)439 / CP118 / / CP(E) 61/62 / W&R182 / Cha148 / Srce502 / 82Hml-083 / Lau159 / StF212 / MP490 O come all ye faithful (John Francis Wade) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 316 / AHB 240 / NCH133 / CH304 / UMH230 / VU064 / LBW041 / ELW563 / GA296 / HPP112 / PH043 / GtG121 / GC363 / GC(II)359 / G(3)446 / CP120 / CP(E) 63 / W&R180 / Cha144 / Srce518 / 82Hml-078 / Lau127 / StF213 / MP503 O little town of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks) A great traditional favourite. Lyrics and "the American tune". I prefer it to "the English tune" FOREST GREEN. If you're after a new way of singing it, David MacGregor has written a new folksy tune (here's a backing track). Might be nice to do. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 300 / NCH143 / CH294 / R112 / ELW274 / GtG112 / HPP118 / W&R222 / Lau134 / MP537 On Christmas night all Christians sing (Traditional English) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 312 / AHB 237 / NCH145 / CH315 / UMH250 / VU062 / WoV643 / LBW261 / ELW550 GA297 / HPP137 / PH049 / GtG140 / GC372 / GC(II)380 / G(3)455 / CP123 / CP(E) 66 / W&R183 / Cha165 / Srce530 / 82Hml-102 / Lau148 / StF214 / MP539 Once in royal David's city (Cecil Frances Alexander) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 311 / AHB 236 / AoV1-168 / NCH134 / CH309 / UMH239 / VU067 / LBW065 / ELW821 GA290 / HPP135/ 136 / PH060 / GtG122 / G(II)262 / GC352 / GC(II)371 / G(3)441 / CP119 / CP(E) 69 / W&R186 / Cha145 / Srce610 / 82Hml-111 / Lau136 / StF217 / MP597 Silent night Holy night! (Franz Gruber) A delightful classic carol. Amelia Koh-Butler has written some fun 2021 Australian lyrics to this (completes with masks!). See them here in the Facebook GroupOldy-but-a-goody.
  • VU047 / HPP124 / PH047 / GtG124 / W&R214 Still Still Still (Austrian) Lovely mushy baby Jesus song.
  • TiS 301 / AHB 221 / AoV1-169 / NCH139 / CH323 / UMH245 / VU90 / 91 LBW056 / ELW300 GA298 HPP108 / PH056 / GtG147 / GC377 / GC(II)388 / G(3)460 / CP139 / W&R229 / Cha151 / Srce2-550 / 82Hml-109 / Lau150 / MP644  The first Nowell the angel did say (English carol) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 293 / AHB 218 / CH331 / VU054 / CP(E) 73 / 82Hml-098 / StF218 Unto us a boy is born (German carol) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • AoV1-165 / NCH148 / UMH219 / VU074 / LBW040 / ELW296 / HPP138 / PH053 / GtG145 / GC380 / GC(II)387 / G(3)466 / CP137 / CP(E) 74 / W&R184 / Cha162 / 82Hml-115 / Lau145 / MP749 What child is this? (William Dix) Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 299 / AHB 223 / AoV1-172 / CH296 / UMH236 / VU075 / GA288 / HPP114 / PH058 / GtG117 / CP136 / CP(E) 76 / W&R228 / Cha154 / Srce2-662 / 82Hml-094 / Lau133 / StF221 / MP764 While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Nahum Tate) I really like the CH translation.  Oldy-but-a-goody.



Hi Natalie
A few suggestions for you to consider:

You may wish to take on board (for starters) ... even if these are not strictly-speaking "carols" ... these two Christmas songs of mine:

CELEBRATE EMMANUEL (refrain of which is published in current Seasons of the Spirit materials)

IT'S CHRISTMAS - a child-friendly, bouncy song

Links to both of these can be found on:

Grace & peace,
David MacGregor

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

Thanks for the reminder David. I have both of these songs on a list ready to go... adding in now...

HotDigitalDog said...

Hi Natalie,

Making great use of your suggestions (with acknowledgment, of course!), so many thanks.

Have you come across Resound Worship yet? Great contemporary resources:

Wishing you well,

Ian Render

Jennie Gordon said...

Hi Natalie,
thanks so much - again and again!
Here's a little rewrite -

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

An innocent stranger, this boy-child so near
brings blessing to those who are living in fear
brings hope to the weary and love’s burning light
to all who are lost or afraid in the night.

From here at the manger, we ask you to stay
close by us as we try to walk in your way;
confronting the powers and growing in grace
as those who most need you, come bearing your face.

Let we who have plenty, give those who have less;
an offer of shelter, a friendship to bless,
asylum for refugees, food for the poor,
shared tables of comfort and wide open doors.

From manger to marketplace, Jesus come near
and whisper your wonder to our waiting ears.
Bring healing and freedom, bring hope and release
so all of creation can breathe in your peace.


Rev. Jennie Gordon Yarra Ranges Parish, Uniting Church in Australia

Unknown said...

Hi, Love the Amelia Koh-Butler re-write of Silent Night. Not being on Facebook what's the best way to contact Amelia and seek permission to use this?

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

Hi! You can get in touch with Amelia through her blog:
Hope this helps!