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Angels From the Realms of Glory History and Lyrics star
Angels From the Realms of Glory was written by James Montgomery in 1816. An Irishman, he was raised by the state as his parents were missionaries who died in the field.

Béla Fleck Jingle all the Way star
The key that differentiates this project from other Christmas projects is the uncommon arrangements conceived by this combo of masters. Jingle All The Way is all about distinctive traditions woven into exceptional arrangements.

Deck the Halls History and Lyrics star
Deck the Halls is based on an old Welsh tune, known back in the 1700s. The words were added in America in the 1800s.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen star
History and lyrics for the classic Christmas carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing History and Lyrics star
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was a hymn written by Charles Wesley in 1739. The music was written by Mendelssohn in 1840, and William Cummings merged them together in 1855.

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear History and Lyrics star
One of the most recognizable Christmas hymns written in the mid-1800s.

Jingle Bells star
One hundred and fifty+ years have passed since this song was penned and it lives on in the true tradition of Folk music being passed down through the generations vocally.

Joy to the World History and Lyrics star
Joy to the World was taken straight from the Bible by Isaac Watts in 1719. The music was added by American Lowell Mason in 1822.

O come all ye Faithful History and Lyrics star
O come all ye Faithful, also known as Adeste Fideles, is a trditional tune first written in the 1700´s.

Oh Holy Night History and Lyrics star
Oh Holy Night was written by Placide Clappeau, a French mayor, in 1847. It was translated into English a few years later.

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem History and Lyrics star
Philip Brooks, a priest, was inspired in 1865 when he was visiting the town of Bethlehem. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music.

Silent Night - the History and Lyrics star
Silent Night was first written in 1816 by Josef Mohr, a priest in Austria. The music was composed by his organist, Franz Gruber.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Lyrics star
A traditional Christmas favorite!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas History and Lyrics star
In the days of Olde England, groups of traveling singers would entertain for food or pay. We Wish You a Merry Christmas is one of these old tunes.

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