Christmas Carols

Christmas BellsHere is my collection of Christmas carols and seasonal songs in basic text format for easy downloading. I’ve included some interesting facts about each song and its recordings. From there you can click on the title to open the lyrics in a new window.

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My family has always enjoyed singing, whether it was in the church choir, the school chorus, the college glee club, and even at home. While driving in the car, at picnics or family dinners, my father was ready and able to lead everyone in a song, no accompaniment necessary. The same is especially true at Christmas. Our traditional Christmas dinner at the home of my brother is never complete without a sing-a-long. We all know the tunes and harmony, but sometimes the words fail us, especially to those additional verses we rarely hear.

I am reminded of an old skit from the Saturday Night Live TV show, where John Belushi’s character tries to lead his Knights of Columbus in a Christmas carol. No matter which song he picks, everyone sings the first line, but they quickly fade on the second.

So I made it my project to print out lyrics for our Christmas dinner. Over a period of years I added more and more songs, as I was able to acquire them. The first ones came from our church hymnal. Others I meticulously transcribed by listening to recordings over and over. If I couldn’t understand what they were singing, I would just right down what it sounded like and then try to figure it out in context. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to It’s Beginning To Look before I figured out that a bissel a shoes is actually a pistol that shoots! Even today I pride myself in being able to recite all five verses of Good King Wenceslas and all four verses of Jingle Bells.

Today of course, you can make your own compilation much more easily by searching the Web. Nevertheless, here is my collection of lyrics to traditional Christmas carols and seasonal songs in simple text format, without any blinking lights or dancing reindeer. Feel free to download them for your own Christmas party, caroling group, or just to sing along to the stereo.

My definition of traditional songs are those which you might hear at a children’s, school, church, or community concert, or those which have been recorded by numerous artists. In fact, most of these songs I have heard live when either I or someone from my family was participating in the performance. So if you’re looking for the words to a new song by your favorite pop or country star, you won’t find it here. Titles appearing in italics are duplicates, included for your convenience. The links will open as a plain text file. From there you can print or save the file as you wish. As with any traditional song, especially those which are translated from other languages, exact wording may vary.

A few years ago I loaded the CD player with a rack of Christmas CDs and set it to Random Play. One of the CDs was Händel’s Messiah. Imagine my amusement when the stereo played, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus…”


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Comments and Feedback

When I first posted Broken Claw’s Christmas Carols online in 1998, it was one of only a handful of such pages on the Internet. At that time, my site would come up on the first page of results whenever someone searched for “Christmas carols lyrics” in any of the popular search engines. It was — perhaps still is — the only one presented in the context of someone who actually sings the songs. As the web grows exponentially with commercial sites, personal websites like mine are pushed farther and farther back into the mist. But I hope to keep the content here as easy as possible for my readers to find and print — and, most of all, to sing!

Over the years, I have received feedback from people in more than twenty countries and nearly every US state, including Hawaii and Alaska. This blog replaced the Guestbook feature which I had on the website from November 2000 to December 2005, and I will always be grateful for the hundreds of kind messages I received during that time. If you find my Carols page helpful, feel free to leave a comment. You can include your location in the Name box (e.g. Tom from Kansas). An email address is required for security reasons, but it is never displayed. You may also make requests or comments on the lyrics already posted.

27 Responses to “Christmas Carols”

  1. Deanna Kohl says:

    Dear BrokenClaw, Thanks so much for the brief histories with the carols. Many are ones I grew up with but never see the lyrics now. Deanna Dehn Kohl

  2. John says:

    Cheers!!! Christmas is not complete without its authentic touch… I have a good collection of christmas country songs. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I do….

    My reply: I appreciate your comment. However, since my site is not a commercial site (I do not sell anything), I do not allow links to commercial sites in the comments.

  3. Chadd says:

    Hey I just wanted to say thank you for all the time you have put into this site it has been a godsend for me!! Bless you and may you and your family have a very blessed christmas 2008!! From the Chaddster at myspace!

  4. Valerie Clapham says:

    I am looking for a Christmas song that was played at home when I was a child by my father. I am 59 now and I know the record was still in our possession until I was about 11yrs old. I think the name of the song was Christmas dinner, and that it was an American song. Part of the Lyrics are = Give me a big fat turkey or maybe a ham. Brown fluffy biscuits all covered in jam, blackberry huckleberry mince and pumpkin pie. The song finishes on the thanksgiving prayer at the table. This is a long shot I know, but any Ideas where I could find this song again.

    My reply: I found your song, “Christmas Dinner” and posted it on the page. Enjoy!

  5. Don Estes says:

    This is indeed a very thoughtful compilation, and I am quite grateful. I have one suggestion: please put everything into a single text file for download purposes.

    Best of the season to you and your family.

  6. What a nice thing to do for people! I have bookmarked your site. Thank you so much, and a very Merry Christmas to you, and a healthy and productive 2008!

  7. Jeanne says:

    I tutor ESL and our party needed words for well-known carols, both secular and religious. Thank you for a great site which was very helpful. If you intend to add some more I would like to suggest some that we might sing in Spanish and English which are traditional in Mexico, but also known here in the U.S.

    Have a beautiful Christmas filled with hope, good health, happiness and contentment.

  8. Pegleg says:

    Hey, Thanks for the Lyrics! I was looking for the Lyrics to Snoopy’s Christmas when I found your site. I got more great lyrics here. Thanks again!

  9. Ashok Raichura says:

    We have just visited yr website giving us a lot of Christmas carols with their wordings. Going through the carols and singing them word to word gave us a lot of pleasure.

    God bless you for helping others with such a precious site and we take this opportunity to wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR-2007


  10. Tony says:

    Your site was indeed very helpful to me. Thanks a million.

  11. Mayberry says:

    I’m a Brownie Girl Scout leader in Missouri and just printed a bunch of lyrics for Caroling this evening with my troop. Thank you for all of your hard work. Your family, like mine, enjoy singing Carols. Happy Holidays! Brownie Troop 2259

  12. Kahele Kukea says:

    Aloha. I just visited your site for some Christmas lyrics. Great resource for the words that kind of escape me during caroling…getting old I guess. As you might have figured out, I’m from Hawaii, but now living in Sierra foothills after retiring and moving up here from Hawaii a couple of years ago. There are a some Hawaiian Christmas mele (songs) that I could send you if you want to add to your collection. Some, like the Hawaiian language version of Silent Night, are just translated versions. Let me know if you’d like them. Thanks for setting up the great site. Mahalo.

  13. Sarah Pagel says:

    I just have to tell you what a wonderful and very helpful website you have! If only everything on the Internet was so simple to find and easy to use! I needed to find Christmas Carols for our youth group to sing while ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Thank goodness I clicked on your site, I had all the songs I needed in 10 minutes ! Again, thanks so much for doing what you do !

    P.S if there was a Internet President you’d have my vote! : )

  14. Anonymous says:

    What a joy to be able to sing the lyrics to my favorite songs. Thanks for all your efforts and posting them on the net.

  15. Mrs. Hepzie Victor says:

    I am Mrs. H. Victor from India. I happend to come across your Broken Claw’s site and found what I wanted – The wordings for old Christmas Carals. Thank you so much for the same.

    It was my childhood dream to get acquianted with some one native of from Australia, New Zealand America or any African country. I had a pen-friend when I was a child from England and she is no more. I am 68 yers old, retired as a Librarian working in a Higher Secondary School for more than 25 years. As a Librarian you can visualize what my interest could have been. Yes, knowing more about people from different parts of the world their lifestyle, livlihood, customs, likes and dislike and things like that. Now as a hobby I have taken to writing poems and poetries in English. I have written more than 400 big and small on various subjects, but many mainly based Lord Jesus Christ and The bible. I try to put everything I meditate daily in the form of verses. I come to know through this site you are really busy people and hence may not find any interest to answer me. But, I’ll be too glad and will defenately rejoyce if I am luky enough to recieve a reply from you.

    Let me be the first to wish you for Christmas this year as we are a month ahead of it. Merry merry Christmas and may it be very special with Christ centred and filled with all blessings as He alone can bless you with!

  16. Karen from Leesburg, FL says:

    Thank you very much for all the time and effort you put in to making this so convenient for me! My family will be caroling in Leesburg Florida on Christmas Eve and this website has made it possible for all of us to sing together!! Merry Christmas and Many Blessings in the New Year!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for taking the time to compile this collection. This is the third year I’ve come back to your site to refer to it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  18. Laurie says:

    Thank you so much for making Christmas carols so easily available! We are having a big Christmas party tomorrow night and I know that your carol pages will make it a warm and wonderful event! Thanks!

  19. Jeanie from Bastrop, LA says:

    Thanks! That’s just what I needed to finish getting ready for Christmas eve. Great songs to sing together to celebrate and worship our Lord.

  20. Don Du Bois says:

    I wish so much to thank you for such a most wonderful and memorable site you have here. I was raised with most of the old songs by Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Hopalong Cassidy, and Burl Ives, etc. etc. etc. I will be 59 on Jan. 13th. I am going caroling and wonder how many will recognize some of these songs. Again I thank you very much.

  21. Dr. Alexandra Fabian, Hungary says:

    I have attended an English-Hungarian dual language school, but until I find your I still missed the lyrics of some Christmas carols that I sing together with my CD-s while preparing for Christmas. Thank You for your help, have a merry Christmas!!!

  22. Thank you for this fantastic site, i am putting on a community Christmas concert and need all the old favorites, with the correct lyrics, your site is far the best-thank you for the time and effort you have given to make others peoples life easier, God bless you all.

    Community Development Manager
    Blackfriars Settlement

  23. Tom - Maine says:

    I have used your Christmas Carols many times. Thanks for the lyrics.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! Thank you for creating and maintaining this site! A coworker just forwarded your website to me, and, as a church music leader, choir director, one called upon to lead the singing of Christmas carols and secular songs at parties, etc, I am very grateful for your work, over the years, and for your generosity in sharing its fruits!

    Your site will receive a lot more hits, now, because I’m going to forward it to friends who will appreciate it as much as I do! Thanks again!

  25. Sherry Longnecker, California says:

    Thank you so much. All 30 of the elementary school teachers at MacQuiddy Elementary thank you. You saved us so much time having the lyrics typed out and ready to go. Our Christmas performance won’t be such a chore after all! Merry Christmas!

  26. Charles says:

    Thank you–it is really great to have the text to these songs available.

  27. Elfangeleyes says:

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for putting all these lyrics online. I know I couldn’t have remembered all of these, and my Grandson of three years old loves Christmas Carols. Again, Thank You so Very Much.

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