Come the month of December, the festival of Christmas spreads its joy and cheer all over the world. In the cold and dreary month of December, Christmas spreads rays of positivity and warm to the environment in such a beautiful way that the chilliness of the winter season always takes a backseat.
The birth of Lord Jesus is celebrated with much enthusiasm and grandeur all over the world. The month of December transforms the streets into a real fairy land with shops and churches decorated with bright lights and fancy ornaments. The aroma of freshly baked cakes wafting from every nearby bakery and the heavenly sight of chocolates displayed in the transparent plastic jars adds more merriment and pleasure to the already merrier season of Christmas
Christmas spreads the good messages of love, sharing, caring that brings people of every religion together. The valuable lessons and the feelings associated with the birth of Lord Jesus are depicted clearly through carols.
This Christmas, let us celebrate the merrymaking season with some beautiful Christmas carols of yesteryears-
1. Joy To The World
Written by English writer Issac Watts in 1719, the carol ‘Joy To The World’ became the most published hymn in North America during the late 20th century. The carol describes wonderfully about the happiness that the birth of Lord Jesus brings to the world. The song clearly tells about message of positivity , joy and love that arrives with the approaching of Christmas.
2. In The Bleak Midwinter
First published as a carol in a magazine in January 1872, ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ was written as a poem by the famous English poet Christina Rossetti. The scenes of a winter landscape are brought alive in the carol along with the hardships one faces during the winter season. The carol also spreads the message of immeasurable love a mother gives to her child.
3. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Composed by Charles Wesley in 1739, the carol ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ is sung with slow and solemn music. This carol distinctly depicts the feelings associated with the festival of Christmas. This carol beautifully spreads the message of peace, harmony and brotherhood which are essential for bringing people of all faith and background together. Overall, the carol tells all people to come together to celebrate the magical festival of Christmas.
4. Silent Night
The well-known Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ was originally a poem written by pastor Joseph Franz Mohr and composed by his friend Franz Xaver Gruber in early 19th century Austria. The carol unveils a magical night of brightness and cheer when Lord Jesus was born. It dispels away all negativity and gloom and spreads the aura of joy and cheer that is closely linked with Christmas. The carol is indeed a very Christmassy one.
5. Once In Royal David’s City
Written by CF Alexander and composed by HJ Gauntlett, ‘Once In Royal David’s city’ was published as a carol for children in the early nineteenth century. The carol describes the story of birth of Lord Jesus as a children’s tale and teaches about the good qualities of Lord Jesus. The carol beautifully describes how Lord Jesus loved and cared for everyone even though he was born in a poor family.
6. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Penned by Edmund Hamilton Sears in 1849, the carol ‘It Came Upon The Midnight Clear’ spreads the message of cheer and happiness associated with the festival of Christmas. The carol also beautifully depicts how the cold and tired months of the winter season are transformed into a bright and cheerful affair with the arrival of Christmas.
7. Away In A Manger
Originally composed in 1837 by Jonathan E. Spilman, ‘Away In A Manger’ is a very popular children’s carol. The carol is a composition of wishes and prayers asked from Lord Jesus. It also describes about the condition where Lord Jesus was born. The carol spreads the message of finding happiness even in the midst of hardships.
8. The Holly and The Ivy
The holly and the ivy are the most popular ornaments used to adorn a Christmas tree. The colours of holly and ivy , green and red are traditionally associated with Christmas. The carol ‘Holly and Ivy’ describes about the climatic conditions and the variety of flora and fauna during the time of the birth of Lord Jesus.
The beautiful Christmas carols which are very old are hugely popular even today because they truly gives a vivid description of everything about Christmas. That is why these Christmas carols have always remain evergreen and have withstand time.