What Are The Christmas Carols We Listen To Really Saying?

carolsEver listened to a Christmas carol during the holiday season, and wondered what the song was talking about? Most Christmas carols have a really neat meaning, but because of the way they are written and the language they use, it can be hard to tell what they are getting at. Find out what a few of the carols we listen to at Christmastime are actually saying!

Silent Night 

“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace.”

Quiet and holy night. Around the mother and baby, everything is calm and bright. The baby is holy – the perfect Son of God. He is calm and quiet. Sleep peacefully, Baby Jesus!

Hark The Herald

“Hark the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’ Joyful, all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies. With angelic hosts proclaim ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’”

Listen to the message the angels are singing. They are singing “Glory to the newborn King!” Their message is of peace on earth and God’s mercy – that because of Jesus, we can have a relationship with God! Everyone, rise and rejoice. Declare that Christ is born in Bethlehem!

O Holy Night

“O holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ’til He appeared, and the soul felt His worth. A thrill of hope. The weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”

On this holy, special night, the stars are shining brightly. Jesus, our Savior, is born! We were stuck in sin – trapped by the wrong things we had done – filled with guilt and condemnation, until Jesus came, and we realized what He did for us. We have hope! Rejoice! God is doing something new!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

“God rest ye, merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy!”

Be at peace. Don’t lose hope. Remember that Jesus, our Savior, was born at Christmas. Even though we had wandered away from God, Jesus would save us from the power of the devil. This news brings peace and happiness!

O Come All Ye Faithful

“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. Come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, born the King of angels. O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

Everyone who loves God, and has for a long time, be happy! Feel victorious! Come to Bethlehem, and see Jesus, the King. Come and worship Christ!

Repost from Generation Arise, my site for teens and young adults. For more fun Christmas posts like this one, check out generationarise.com!

Christmas In July Playlist

Christmas In July PlaylistCelebrate Christmas in July by listening to the following Christmas carols!

  • O Holy Night
  • Silent Night
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Deck The Halls
  • Joy To The World
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • What Child Is This
  • Away In A Manger

Click on this link to check out our Christmas In July Youtube playlist of these carols, sung by Christian artists!


What is your favorite Christmas carol?

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