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[Playlist] Traditionally Christmas

Amanda Lyn
Silent Night, Gloria, Joy to the World, Little Drummer Boy. These are a few of the classics that are sung while going door to door Christmas caroling. These classic and traditional songs tell a story that no other Christmas songs can do.

With everyone gearing up for the holidays, you hear the same five songs over again. You know, the really upbeat, jingly songs. They’re good and get you in the mood, but sometimes you just want to travel back to the old traditional days, where life was simpler. Christmas has more than one meaning, and this playlist shows you the reason for the season, so here are some traditional Christmas songs and hymns for the holidays.

Little Drummer Boy by Harry Simone Chorale

What’s better than enjoying the small gifts of the Christmas season? Something as simple as playing music for someone, especially for a newborn King can cause immense joy in even your life. This easy-to-learn carol with its memorable beat can lift your spirits up this season.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Wesley

Accompanied by a melodious tune, this song’s stanzas are rich in theology, dating back to the announcement of the birth of Jesus Christ. Hark takes you on a journey and the beginning of the story of redemption.

The First Noel by William B. Sandys

Quite literally meaning the First Christmas, this hymn details an account of how the first Christmas happened. Rich with details and most often heard through carols, this song makes for a great peaceful listen with bits of history.

Joy to the World by Isaac Watts

Christmas is a time of joy, wherever you are in the world. Derived from Psalm 98, it tells of the impact Christmas has had on Christians and how Jesus’ coming brings joy to the world.

Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel by James Mason Neale

This song shows how the coming of Emmanuel ties the old with the new, what has come and what is to come, the prophecies and the reality. With the lyrics and the relaxing tune, you can rejoice this holiday season.

Away in a Manger by William J. Kirkpatrick

Christmas can be a time of joy, but also a time of reflection. This traditional hymn reflects on the simplicity of the very first Christmas, and how Jesus the King was born in a manger.

Angels We Have Heard on High by James Chadwick

This song is all about giving God glory throughout the season, with the repetition of “Gloria.” The riff on “Gloria” also makes for a fun and magical melody to sing with your friends and family, while you go out Christmas caroling.

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber

A Christmas classic, Silent Night gives a different feeling to the value of Christmas, detailing the soft, tender, and mild moments that are sometimes overshadowed by the loud jolliness of the holiday. If you want a way to relax this season, this song is perfect for the occasion.

We Three Kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.

What’s better than receiving gifts during Christmas? We Three Kings details a story of the value of gift-giving and how you feel more joy giving than receiving, especially if you go to such great lengths for that person. In this case, it would be to the one and only true King.

Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry

One of the greatest miracles was the birth of Jesus Christ. This song and story tells of Mary (Jesus’ mother) how she has been given a wonderful gift – that her son would one day save the world. With his birth came so much glory and joy throughout the season from then until now.

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Stephanie Lyn
Stephanie Lyn, Open Canvas Manager
Stephanie Lyn (11) is a reporter for The Bulldog Times, and this is her 1st year on staff. Stephanie hopes to grow as a writer in the elements of journalism and gain new experience. She looks forward to seeing how Journalism grows as editors and new staff work together to write new articles and improve as a collective body. In addition to being a writer, she is also an officer of Christian Club. She is a Christian and puts her identity in Christ, reflecting His love towards others. In her free time, she loves creative writing, reading, and listening to music–particularly Taylor Swift, and hanging out with friends and family.
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