Christmas is a season entirely dedicated for celebration, singing and dancing. There is no room for worries about the past or anxieties about the future. It is an occasion when traditions and festivity bind people together, spread love and kindness and bring out the true meaning of Christmas. Yuletide celebrations around the globe usually involve spreading the message of the Bible, re-enacting Christ's birth, decorating homes, sharing gifts, preparing traditional food and attending midnight mass. Apart from all these features, it is a well-known fact that Christmas celebrations can never be complete without carols. These carols or hymns are not only sung in praise of the lord, but also to remember him, to restore our faith in the Almighty. Traditionally, Christmas carols were focused on the birth of Christ, but time has had its effect on this concept too. Today, we have carols that concentrate on Christmas themes, winter scenes and even gift bearing figures like Santa. Christmas carols are the best way to spread the spirit of the season and to gear you up for the celebrations ahead. Take a look at the list of the Christmas carols 2012 listed below.
Popular Christmas Carols 2012
A Child Is Born
This is a wonderful Christmas song written by Santa Maria. This song discusses the significance of the virgin birth of Jesus and the celebration of Christmas. According to the song, Christmas is the commemoration of the birth of the child who brought the light and truth which the world had never seen till then.
Its Christmas Day
This is a popular Christmas song written by Dougie Campbell. Many choirs have selected this song for this Christmas season and it is one of the most popular songs this Christmas. The song was recorded by the students of Balfron Primary School in Scotland.
A Boy Is Born In Bethlehem
This song originated from the Latin hymn, Puer natus in 14th Century. It was Michael Praetorius who arranged music for this song. This carol was included in 'Carols Old and Carols New' and is one of the most popular songs in this season.
Traditional Christmas Carols
This is undoubtedly the most popular Christmas Carol of all time, so much so that it has become synonymous to Christmas because of the huge popularity. This carol was written by James Pierpont in 1857. It was originally written for a thanksgiving program organized in Boston Church where he offered his service as a Sunday school teacher. This carol was originally titled as "The One Horse Open Sleigh" and bestowed with jaunty rhythm. No wonder that it went straight into listener's heart.
Joy To The World
This popular joyful carol was penned by Isaac Watts in 1719. Watts was a pastor by profession, but he was renowned for his poignant hymns. This carol, 'Joy to the World' is based on Psalm 98 from the Bible and it glorifies the return of Christ. This song was composed by George Frederick Handel.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
This well-known Christmas carol is one of the most sung carols across the globe. This carol greets the world and wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy new year. This carol was popularized in West Country of England during the 16th century. This carol is traditionally used to end a midnight mass.
Christmas Carols For Kids
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
The song is about an imaginary character named Rudolph who is believed to be the ninth reindeer of Santa. The carol was first published in 1939 and was written by Robert L. May. This carol is much loved by children for its jaunty rhythms and more so because it revolves around their favorite Christmas character Rudolph.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
This carol is based on the popular gift-bearing figure Santa Clause and is popular among the children all over the world. It was written and composed by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1932 but, the publisher wanted it to be re-composed as the "kiddie tune" did not appear to be commercial. However, Eddie Cantor, a comedian used it in his thanksgiving show in 1934 and it became a big hit. Since then, this song is one of the most popular Christmas carols across the world, especially among children.
Christmas carols have always been popular, even the ones that were composed centuries ago. However, many new songs emerge every season and some of them become part of the grand group of unforgettable Christmas carols. Old or new, a carol should have catchy lyrics and lively rhythm to gain a direct entry to the listener's heart. For now, the above carols will steal the show in 2012.
Resonating Christmas carols announce the commencement of Christmas season. Here is a list of some latest and some popular Christmas carols for 2012 to help you celebrate Christmas with jaunty rhythms and joyful lyrics.