Everyone loves a good Christmas carol. I certainly know I do. I guess we all know so many beautiful Christmas songs. They tell of peace and joy and the birth of baby Jesus. They are sung in simple voices and by whole choirs with complicated musical arrangements.
Big Stars like Mariah Carey also sing carols, although I find that instead of just singing these beautiful songs that honestly require no vocal decorations whatsoever, these starts tend to overdo the songs to show off their voices. Let me tell you that this is absolutely unnecessary! Personally, I like my Christmas carols simple yet beautiful.
For me, the beauty of Christmas carols is that they can travel the world and cross national and cultural barriers. For example, “Silent Night”; one of the most beautiful and famous carols, was originally written in German as “Stille Nacht” by an Austrian priest but has been translated into dozens langauges, including English, French, Polish, Dutch and many others. “Adeste Fideles” or as it is known in English, “Come All Yeh Faithful” has also been rendered into English, German, French, and many other languages.
I made a compliation of the most beautiful Christmas carols from all over the world. I asked the bloggers from Multicultural Kid Blogs for help and they came up with many beautiful Christmas carols and songs I didn’t know.
I tried to keep the songs as “typical” as possible so I avoided Christmas Carols that were translations of Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night and others. I wanted to organize them by country but once I started to dig in, it turned out that my task is not as easy as possible. For example, “Silent Night” was written in what is now Austria but at that time was Germany. Another beautiful German Christmas song, “Leise rieselt der Schnee”, was written in Grudziadz, which is now in Poland. I then decided to organize them by language, not country, or do a combination of both.
Here they are, 17 Christmas Carols around the world.. I tried to make my choice as varied as possible, including folklore, pop, and church music. The mood changes from happy to This list is not even close to being finished so please add your favourite Christmas carols in the comments below!
1) Aguinaldo Criollo (Spanish, from Veneuzela)
I started with this song entrirely on purpose because it is not what you expect when you think of Christmas Carols. But it is so pretty that I just had to include it. It makes me feel like dancing- and Christmas is a time of joy, no?
2) Hark the Herald Angels Sing (English, from Great Britain)
I can already hear you say, “That sounds more like Christmas”, and it does: serious, beautiful, celebratory. It has all a Christmas carol needs.
3) Pasko Na Naman (in Filipino, from the Philipines). It means “It’s Christmas Once Again”. Another beautiful Christmas carol to dance and get happy to!
4) Tu scendi delle stelle (Italian)
This simple Christmas carol from Italy is so pretty-and Italian just sounds so soft and beautiful- just perfect for music.
5) Půjdem spolu do Betléma (Czech). The title means, “We will go together to Bethlehem) and is sso endlessly cute. Just listen and if you want to sing along (like I do), you can see the lyrics on this video)
6) Circenīša Ziemas svētki (Latvian, from Latvia). As my friend Ilze is telling me, this song is called ” A Cricket’s Christmas” and is a song a mother sings to her son so that he won’t be hungry for Christmas.
7) Nino Jesus: (Spanish, from Puerto Rico). Puerto Ricans actually have a rich tradition of singing Christmas carols, called Parrandas.
8) Dobryi Vitcher Tobi (Ukrainian, Ukraine). It means, “Good evening to you, master of the house. rejoice, rejoice with me, God’s son was born”. I have this beautiful carols stuck in my head. The video also shows Christmas rituals in the Ukraine.
9) Stille Nacht (German, from Austria). How could I not include the world’s most famous Christmas carol? Originally written in German, it has been translated into so many languages. It is absolutely beautiful and I love it. It is also a good one to sing at multicultural Christmas parties as pretty much everyone knows it in his on her language.
10) En Etsi Valtaa Loistoa (Finish, from Finnland)- and here’s one you don’t know. Personally, I love it, You?
11) Go Tell it On the Mountain (English, from the United States) aka as and now for something completely different. While there are many beautiful American Christmas carols to choose from, I picked this one for a more balanced playlist. While the other ones were either folklore or very “churchy”, this one is gospel- also spiritual but so full of life and beautiful strong voices. Love.
12) Hoe Leit dit Kindeke (Flemish, from the Netherlands)
13) Aisim Mergos, Aisim Bernai kalėda (Lithuanian). This one is called, “Let’s go girls, let’s go guys”. The word kaleda means Christmas in Lithuanian.
14) Adeste Fideles (Latin), known in English as “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”. Another very famous Christmas carol known worldwide. Beautiful.
15) Przybieżeli do Betlejem (Polish). Personally, I would have chosen another one but my children love this one so I wanted to share it. The songs says, “Shepherds came to Bethlehem”. In this version, it is sung by Mazowsze, Poland’s most famous traditional folk song and dance team. They are dressed in traditional Polish attire.
16) Bethlehem’s Stjärna (Swedish). This song’s title means “the Star of Bethlehem” and is so pretty. You can see the lyrics and in the video.
17) Raduitesya vsi Lyude (Russian): This beautiful Russian Christmas carol tells all the people to rejoice in the good news: that Jesus was born!
18) Les Anges dans nos Campagnes (French): this Christmas carol is also very famous and has been translated into English as “Angels we have Heard on High”. Who doesn’t know the beautiful chorus?
Again, tell me your favourite Christmas carol- and tell me what I’ve missed!