Broken Claw's Christmas Carols


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 a skit on the old Saturday Night Live 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. But remember...

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. Use your browser's Back button to return. As with any traditional song, especially those which are translated from other languages, exact wording may vary. If you have a particular phrase in mind, but don't know which song it comes from, you can use this text box to search through all of the carols. Just type one or two keywords (skip words like the or of) and press Search. You can also use this feature to find out how many songs contain a certain word like joy, or snow, or mistletoe!

  1. Adeste Fideles (La)
  2. All I Want for Christmas
  3. All Through the Night
  4. Angels From the Realms of Glory
  5. Angels We Have Heard on High
  6. As Lately We Watched
  7. Auld Lang Syne
  8. Ave Maria (Ge)
  9. Away in a Manger
  10. Blue Christmas
  11. Break Forth... Heavenly Light
  12. Bring A Torch
  13. Cantique de Noël (Fr)
  14. Carol of the Bells
  15. Caroling, Caroling
  16. Chipmunk Song, The
  17. Chestnuts Roasting
  18. Children Go Where I Send Thee
  19. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  20. Christmas Song, The
  21. City Sidewalks
  22. Coventry Carol, The
  23. Deck the Halls
  24. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
  25. Do You Hear What I Hear
  26. Donde Esta Santa Claus (Sp)
  27. Es ist ein Ros' Entsprungen (Ge)
  28. Feliz Navidad (Sp)
  29. First Noël, The
  30. Friendly Beasts, The
  31. Frosty the Snowman
  32. Gentle Mary Laid her Child
  33. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  34. Good Christian Men Rejoice
  35. Good King Wenceslas
  36. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  37. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
  38. Greensleeves
  39. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  40. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
  41. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  42. Here Comes Santa Claus
  43. Here We Come a-Wassailing
  44. Hippopotamus Song, The
  45. Holly and the Ivy, The
  46. Home for the Holidays
  47. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  48. I Said the Donkey
  49. I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus
  50. I Saw Three Ships
  51. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  52. I Wonder as I Wander
  53. Il est Né, le Divin Enfant (Fr)
  54. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  55. I'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas
  56. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  1. It's Beginning to Look
  2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (/Ge)
  3. Jesus, Our Brother
  4. Jingle Bell Rock
  5. Jingle Bells
  6. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  7. Joy to the World
  8. Let It Snow!
  9. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
  10. Lullay, Lullay
  11. Little Drummer Boy
  12. Mamacita (Sp)
  13. Mary's Boy Child
  14. Merry Christmas Darling
  15. Most Wonderful Time
  16. My Favorite Things
  17. My Two Front Teeth
  18. Night Before Christmas, The
  19. Noël
  20. O Come All Ye Faithful
  21. O Come, O Come, Emanuel
  22. O Christmas Tree
  23. O Holy Night
  24. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  25. O Tannenbaum (Ge)
  26. Over the River and Through the Wood
  27. Patapan
  28. Raindrops on Roses
  29. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  30. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  31. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  32. Silent Night
  33. Silver Bells
  34. Sleep, My Child
  35. Santa Baby
  36. Sleigh Ride!
  37. Snoopy's Christmas
  38. Snow Lay on the Ground, The
  39. Stille Nacht (Ge)
  40. There's No Place Like Home
  41. Twelve Days of Christmas, The
  42. Un Flambeau (Fr)
  43. Up on the Housetop
  44. Venite Adoramus (La)
  45. We Need a Little Christmas
  46. We Three Kings
  47. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  48. What Child is This
  49. When I was but a Youngster
  50. Where is Santa Claus (Sp)
  51. While By My Sheep
  52. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  53. White Christmas
  54. Willie Take Your Little Drum
  55. Winter Wonderland
  56. You Better Watch Out

Here also are two Readings for Christmas.

  1. The Nativity according to the Gospel of Luke
    "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus..."
  2. A Visit from St. Nicholas
    "Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house..."

  • If you find this page helpful, feel free to leave a comment on my Blog.
  • For Windows users who wish to download all of the files at once, I have a self-extracting archive file.
  • If you need some basic instruction to print a song sheet, see my brief Print Help page.
  • If you're looking for the libretto to Händel's Messiah, I recommend the Opera Glass at Stanford University.
  • If you're looking for computer music (midi) files, I recommend the Christmas Connection.

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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