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Winter Holiday songs

Rise Up Singing has a bunch of old carols in the Ballads & Old Songs chapter. You can find wassails in the Good Times chapter. There are several Chanukah songs in the Faith chapter. There are some African American songs with Christmas themes in the Spirituals chapter. 

There are only a scattering of Christmas songs in Rise Again because it was our plan at the time we made that songbook to create a collection of many Christmas songs for group singing. It may still happen! But not yet...  You can find some Christmas songs under "Holidays" in the Cultures Index. 

Winter Solstice:



New Years:

Older traditional carols:

  • Boar's Head Carol - trad. English
  • Brightest & Best - trad. Appalachian
  • Bring a Torch - trad. French
  • Cherry Tree Carol - trad. Appalachian & English
  • A Child This Day - trad. English
  • Coventry Carol - trad. English
  • Deck the Halls - trad. English
  • Friendly Beasts - trad. German
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (17th c. trad. English)
  • Green Grow the Rushes - trad. English
  • The Holly Bears a Berry - trad. English
  • The Holly & the Ivy - trad. English
  • I Wonder as I Wander - John Jacob Niles
  • Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head - trad. Appalachian
  • Joseph Dearest - trad. German
  • Lo How a Rose - trad. English
  • Masters in the Hall - trad. English
  • O Come All Ye Faithful / Adeste Fideles - disputed authorship 17th or 18th c. 
  • O Come Emmanuel - medieval Latin carol
  • Seven Joys of Mary - trad. English
  • There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig - trad. English
  • Twelve Days of Christman - trad. English
  • Watts Cradle Song

Wassails & Mummers carols:

Composed carols (mainly 19th century)

Traditional African American carols: 

Popular composed Christmas songs:

  • Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) 
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow Let It Snow!
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Must Be Santa
  • Sleigh Ride
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland

Composed folk Christmas songs 

Folk songs set in Christmas time: