Christmas is just a few weeks away, and that means it’s the season for carols and Christmas hymns.
Here are 20 ideas for Christmas songs and hymns. We compiled this list by identifying the most-used songs in Proclaim last December, plus a few more that thematically fit well (covering themes of the Incarnation, hope, and salvation).
Here are the top five from the full list.
This eighteenth-century French carol is based on the first phrase in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest” (Latin: Gloria in excelsis Deo).
The central theme of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” is peace and reconciliation. “This message of reconciliation involves us on three different levels: peace with God, peace with our fellowmen, and peace within ourselves. It is this blessed concept that Edmund Sears (1810–1876) wanted to emphasize in his unusual carol.”1
This newer Christmas song from Matt Crocker and Scott Ligertwood is celebratory, inviting the congregation to sing with joy for salvation.
Similar to “Born Is the King,” this modern Christmas song from Chris Tomlin is lyrically simple and celebratory, lifting praise to God for sending Christ as the Savior of the world.
From Amazing Grace—366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions: “No Christmas song is more loved than this tender children’s carol. With its simply worded expression of love for the Lord Jesus and trust in his faithful care, the hymn appeals to young and old alike. It is usually one of the first Christmas songs learned in early childhood, yet its pleasing melody and gentle message preserve it in our affections all through life.”
These are just five options. There are 15 more songs to explore on your way to building the perfect worship music sets for the Christmas season.
Start a free trial of Faithlife Music to use it to build your setlist, then sync it with Faithlife Proclaim—also available through a free trial—to build beautiful lyric slides for your church presentation.