Holidays are Coming – 12 Beautiful Christmas Songs You Should Learn
It’s the most wonderful time of the year again and Fretello brings you the perfect way to send this year’s holiday greetings.
You can find scores for rhythm and melody for our favorite holiday songs to get into holiday mood in this post. We have also selected 24 videos that our users recorded with our Fretello Stage app. Until December 24th, we are posting one of these videos on Facebook on a daily basis.
O Holy Night
O Holy Night is a well-known Christmas carol. Originally, Adolphe Adam, a wine merchant and poet, composed it to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens”.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls is a traditional Christmas, yuletide, and New Years’ carol. The melody is Welsh dating back to the sixteenth century, and belongs to a winter carol, while the English lyrics date to 1862.
O Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree is a German Christmas song. Based on a traditional folk song, it became associated with the traditional Christmas tree by the early 20th century and sung as a Christmas carol.
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Come, All Ye Faithful is a Christmas carol which has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade, John Reading and King John IV of Portugal.
Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns. It is set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries for its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular English Christmas carol from the West Country of England. Its text dates back to a custom, where people used to perform inside or outside of people’s homes, greeting them with:
I wish you a merry Christmas // And a happy New Year,
A pantryful of good roast-beef // And barrels full of beer.
Joy to the World:
As of the late 20th century, Joy to the World was the most-published holiday season hymn in North America. The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts’ collection.
Jingle Bells is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. James Lord Pierpont published it under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Originally, Pierpont wrote it for the Thanksgiving season. Thus, it had no direct connection to Christmas.
O du Fröhliche (O, How Joyful)
O du fröhliche is a German Christmas carol. The author of the original text was the prominent Weimar orphan father Johannes Daniel Falk, who set his lyric to the anonymous hymn-tune O Sanctissima.
Leise rieselt der Schnee (Snow Falls Softly at Night)
Leise rieselt der Schnee is one of the most popular holiday songs in German language. Eduard Ebel, a Protestant cleric, composed it as a holiday greeting for the winter season.
Silent Night, Holy Night
Franz Xaver Gruber composed the most popular Christmas song all over the world in 1818 in the small town of Oberndorf in Salzburg, Austria. Unesco declared it an intangible cultural heritage in 2011. A large number of singers has recorded the song in every music genre possible.
You can find backing tracks for all our holiday songs in our app Fretello Stage. Play your favorite holiday season songs, record yourself and send musical greeting cards to family and friends.
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