Christmas Songs

The sweet aroma of Christmas is finally felt throughout the globe! Jennifer Hudson helps us welcome the holiday spirit by belting out a medley of Christmas songs. She takes us to the church by blending well-known Christmas songs and delivering them in a very powerful performance. She combined songs like Joy to the World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and of course, Go Tell It on the Mountain.

Listen to the uplifting performance here!

Origins

Joy to the World

Joy to the World is considered as one of the most-published Christmas hymns in North America. Its origins are based on Psalm 98, 96:11-12 and also Genesis 3:17-18. Here is a snippet of the verses where it was taken from:

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

And here is a snippet from Psalm 98:

 Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

 

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing first appeared in 1739 in the collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems. It is written by Charles Wesley. Wesley has requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the jovial melody that we hear today.

Go Tell It on the Mountain

And finally, Go Tell It on the Mountain is one of the most popular African-American spiritual songs. It is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.

Christmas is certainly upon us! Can you feel the spirit of giving and grace? We only have a few weeks to go before the birth of our Savior!