Our Most Loved
Christian Christmas Songs

Christian Christmas songs praise the birth of Jesus who came to forgive the sins of all people. They celebrate the tremendous love that God has for us in that He gave the world His greatest gift - His only son Jesus.

The touching lyrics contain messages of hope, peace, joy, faith and redemption. These Christmas carols clearly express the meaning of this most spiritual holiday!

See Origin of Christmas for more on the true meaning of Christmas.

Christian Christmas songs

Favorite Christian Christmas Songs:

O Little Town of Bethlehem

It was a trip to the Holy Land of Israel in 1865 that inspired well known, American preacher Phillips Brooks to write the poem "O Little Town of Bethlehem". As he walked through the tiny town of Bethlehem, he recalled from Bible readings, how the very first Christmas must have been. He was deeply impacted by that ride through the birthplace of Jesus and wrote the poem in 1868. It was put to music by Lewis Redner, an organist and published in 1874. It has become a much loved christian Christmas song all over the world.

Would you like to learn more about the history of these Christian Christmas songs as well as others? Then I highly recommend reading "Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas" by Ace Collins.

It's a fascinating look at the origins and the authors of our favorite Christian Christmas songs!

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

What Child Is This?

One of the most beautiful Christian Christmas songs, we can trace the tune (called "Greensleeves") back to its beginnings to the days of Henry VIII, in the 1500's. Yet it isn't until 1865 that Englishman William Chatterton Dix wrote his reflections on the first Christmas in a poem, originally called "The Manger Throne". The poem was written from the perspective of a confused observer - who was this baby lying in a humble manger? The poem goes on to answer by telling of the baby's birth, life, death and resurrection. The poem grew in tremendous popularity after it was put to the tune "Greensleeves" from the days of Henry VIII and became the famous hymn "What Child Is This?"

What Child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap, is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here,
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through,
The Cross be borne, for me, for you.
Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;
Come peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise, the song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby:
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

We don't know who the original writer of this Christian Christmas song was. Probably written by a monk or a scholar in Latin back in 800 AD. Which makes this hymn probably the oldest carol still sung today. The words to this hymn beautifully portray the many biblical prophesies that were fulfilled by Christ's birth. It expresses who the Messiah was and why he came to earth. In 1851 an Anglican priest named John Mason Neale translated the words to English and accompanied it to the music "Veni Emmanuel". This version was published in England in 1850, and within about 25 years it became extremely popular in both England and America.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Credit for this ancient Christian Christmas song can be given to two men. One man born in Germany in 1295, Heinrich Suso, wrote the hymn after having a dream one night of singing and dancing angels. He felt led by God to record the essence of this dream and wrote the words to "Good Christian Men, Rejoice". About 150 years later the hymn was published. However, it wasn't until 1853, when James Mason Neale translated it to English and it was published in the book "Carols of Christmastide" that it began to rise in popularity.

Good Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say
News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye hear of endless bliss
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this
He hath ope'd the heav'nly door
And man is blessed evermore
Christ was born for this
Christ was born for this

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain His everlasting hall
Christ was born to save
Christ was born to save

Other beautiful Christian Christmas songs announcing the birth of Christ are "The First Noel" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful". Click here for the lyrics and some history.

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