Christmas Songs For Kids

“Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh”​

The favorite time of the year is here and the holiday season has begun. It is the time to deck the halls up with stockings, lights, stars, bells, candles, and do not to forget to sing beautiful traditional Christmas carols or Christmas songs. Brighten up your mood this Christmas with some delightful, traditional Christmas songs for kids. But before we talk about the festive Christmas songs for kids, let’s find out the history of Christmas.

For kids, Christmas is all about presents, chocolates, lights, holidays, family, and dinner! But does your child know about the story of Jesus Christ? Christmas is celebrated every year on December 25th, the date of birth of Jesus Christ. The true spirit of Christmas lies in the birth story of Jesus Christ which is mentioned below.

Christmas Story for Kids

The History of Christmas:

Long backapproximately 2000 years ago, when Lord Herod ruled Judea (presently portion of Israel).  God sent the angel Gabriel to a young lady who lived within the northern town of Nazareth. Her name was Mary and she was engaged to wed Joseph. One day an angel comes to Mary and tells her, “God has been very kind to you, you’ll before long allow birth to a heavenly soul, and will title him Jesus.” He would be the child of God. Mary was supposed to wed Joseph, the angel at that point went to Joseph and told him, “Don’t stress, God has chosen Mary to give birth to a sacred soul, Jesus. You’ll be his father and asked him to marry Mary. Joseph and Mary got hitched, and the place they lived was a portion of the Roman Empire.

The Roman emperor Augustus needed to tally the number of people living in his empireto make sure they all paid taxes. He then requested everybody to return to the town they initially came from. Mary and Joseph had to travel a long way to reach Bethlehem; this was the place where Joseph’s family put up. 

Each house and each bed within the town was taken. The only place to stay that they seem to discover was with the animals. People often kept animals within the house, particularly at night, and utilized them like ‘central heating’! So in the place where the animals slept, a stable, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Child of God. In the slopes and fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their sheep through the long night.

new day startedabruptly an angel showed up before them and the glory of God shone around them. The shepherds were very frightened, but the angel said, ‘Don’t be anxious. I have good news for you and everybody. In Bethlehem, a Saviour has been born for you. You may discover the infant lying in a crib.’ Then numerous more angels showed up, lighting up the sky. The shepherds listened to them singing: ‘Glory to God in most elevated, and peace to everybody on earth.’ 

When Jesus was born, a novel shining star showed up in the sky. A few Wise Men in faraway countries saw the star and guessed what it implied. The Wise Men followed the star towards the country of Judea and when they got to the capital called Jerusalem they started to inquire people: ‘Where is the child who is born to be the ruler of the Jews?’

Herod, the ruler of Judea, listened to this and it made him very angry to think that somebody may be planning to take his place as lord. Herod sent for the Wise Men to come to him. He told them to go on following the star until they had found the baby ruler. He said: ‘When you have found him, let me know where he is so that I can go and worship him.’. But Herod did not tell them that he truly had an evil arrangement in mind to kill the new king. 

The Wise Men reached the stable and found Jesus with Mary. They bowed down and worshipped the Child of God. The Wise Men spread the gifts they had brought. The gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Wise Men were cautioned in a dream, by God, not to go back to Herod. So they returned home to their countries in the East by a different way.

When the Wise Men had gone, an angel showed up to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ the angel said, ‘take Jesus and Mary and escape to Egypt. Remain there until I tell you, for Herod is going to look for Jesus to murder him.’ So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary amid the night they left for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod died. 

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the Wise Men, he was angry and he gave orders to kill all the boys aged two or more in Bethlehem. This was to try and murder the new ruler. After Herod died, Joseph had another dream in which an angel showed up to him. The angel said, ‘Get up, take Jesus and Mary and go back to Israel, for those who were attempting to murder Jesus are dead.’ So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary and they went back to Israel. But when he listened that Herod’s child was presently ruler of Judea, he was worried to go there. So instead they went to Galilee and lived in the town called Nazareth.
 
25th December is considered the date of birth of Jesus Christ. Well-known traditions incorporate exchanging blessings, a mass, and a special dinner. The celebration is amazing, and lots of things are on show like Christmas decorations-Christmas trees, lights, nativity scenes, wreaths, and Holly. One thing that kids cherish most in Christmas is the Santa Claus, or the Father Christmas, who is related with bringing gifts to children during the season. It may be an incredible occasion and is celebrated in with family and companions. 

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian philosophy marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It starts on December 25 and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, in some cases, also called Three Kings’ Day). The four weeks preceding Christmas are collectively known as Advent, which starts four Sundays before Christmas and ends on December 24.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is also a Christmas carol or one of the traditional Christmas Songs. The earliest known version first appeared in a 1780 children’s book called Mirth With-out Mischief. Many variations of the lyrics have existed for this Christmas song.

The lyrics for one the famous Christmas songs “12 days of the Christmas” goes like:

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Most history specialists believe that this Christmas song began out a “memory-and-forfeit” game in 1800s Britain. These sorts of games were played by British school children, in the past. Another hypothesis claims that during a time when Christians were punished for worshiping openly, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song was used to secretly pass on the philosophy of Christianity. In this hypothesis, each gift symbolizes a different angle of the faith.

The Partridge in the Pear Tree Jesus Christ.

The 2 Turtle Doves The Old and New Testaments.

The 3 French hens Faith, Hope, and Charity

The 4 Calling BirdsThe four gospels 

The 5 Golden Rings The first five books of the Old Testament.

The 6 Geese A-laying  –Six days of creation.

The 7 Swans A-swimming The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

The 8 Maids A-milking The eight beatitudes.

The 9 Ladies Dancing The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The 10 Lords A-leaping The ten commandments.

The 11 Pipers Piping The eleven faithful apostles.

The 12 Drummers Drumming The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed.

Christmas Day is the primary of the Twelve Days of Christmas. The period is seen by Christians as the amount of time it took the three magi, or wise men, to travel to Bethlehem for the Epiphany, the revelation of Jesus Christ as the savior and the child of God. The Twelfth Night often celebrated on the night of Jan 5, is considered the end of the Christmas season, before the Epiphany the following day.

Popular Christmas Songs and Carols

List of  family-friendly Christmas songs to get  kids singing and grooving this festive season, as they wait for Santa to come. 

1. Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow, In a one-horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tails ring, Making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing, A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride, In a one-horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride, In a one-horse open sleigh

2. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding

And bring it right here

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

We won’t go until we get some

We won’t go until we get some

We won’t go until we get some

So bring it right here

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

We all like our figgy pudding

We all like our figgy pudding

We all like our figgy pudding

With all its good cheers

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

3. Up On The Housetop

Up on the housetop reindeer pause

Out jumps good old Santa Claus.

Down through the chimney, with lots of toys,

All for the little ones’ Christmas joys.

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go.

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go,

Up on the housetop, click, click, click;

Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick.

First comes the stocking of little Nell

Oh, dear Santa, fill it well

Give her a dolly that laughs and cries

One that will open and shut her eyes

Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Up on the housetop, click, click, click,

Down through the chimney with Old Saint Nick

4. It's That Time Of Year Again

It’s that time of the year again

When Santa will be coming to town

Riding on an open sleigh 

Sharing happiness all around 

When the kids are sleeping

He will tipitoe into their home

Donning his red suit and black boots

To fulfill their dreams and more

With lots of love and blessings

He will fill up the socks to toe

Will then stack the gifts under the tree

While singing his Ho Ho Ho

Gobbling up all the cookies

And drinking up all the milk

He will be gone just like that

To fill someone else’s wish

5. 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little

One little, two little, three little reindeers

Four little, five little reindeers, six little reindeers

Seven little, eight little, nine little reindeers

Ten little reindeers flying in the sky 

 

One little, two little, three little bells

Four little, five little bells, six little bells

Seven little, eight little, nine little bells

Ten little bells ringing around the town

 

One little, two little, three little stars

Four little, five little stars, six little stars

Seven little, eight little, nine little stars

Ten little stars twinkling on the tree

Christmas Celebrations Around The World

Christmas is celebrated all around the world. On 25th December, people wish each other “Merry Christmas”, sings Christmas songs, watches Christmas movies, have grand Christmas dinner and much more. But each country have their own unique and interesting ways to celebrate Christmas. Let’s read some amusing facts on Christmas Around the World:

France 

 In numerous districts in France, Christmas celebrations begin with St Nicholas day on the 6th of December. At that point, children get desserts and small gifts. Towns and cities are enlightened with Christmas lights. On Christmas eve, Children put their cleaned shoes out before the chimney and believe that ‘Père Noël’ (Father Christmas) fills the shoes with sweets. Christmas Day, 25th of December is a grand occasion and families get together for a huge feast
 

Italy

 

In Italy, a nativity scene, a ‘presepe’, is displayed in churches, town squares and in homes. This is one of the most important parts of the Christmas decorations. The nativity scene shows a crib filled with straw, stems from Italy. In Italy, ‘Babbo Natale’, Father Christmas in Italian language, hands out presents to children on Christmas Day. Germany 

Houses are brightened with pixie lights and merry decorations in December. In Germany the Christmas trees are decorated at the homes in the morning of the 24th of December. Festive Christmas celebrations in Germany start on the 24th of December, on Christmas Eve. Shops. The 26th of December is public holiday in Germany 
 

 England 

 
In Britain, most individuals begin with Christmas beautifications early, around mid of November. Numerous families decorate their houses with pixie lights and shimmering displays. 
 

 Norway

 
 In Norway, children hold up for ‘Julenisse’, the Norwegian Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, the ‘Julenisse’, brings presents to the children. During the month of December, children energetically wait for ‘Jul’, Christmas in the Norwegian language.
 

 Iceland 

 
In Iceland, children put their shoes on the windowsill so the ‘Juletide lads’ the Santa Claus, fills the shoes with little goodies.
 

Portugal 

 
The Portuguese celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December. Houses are decorated for Christmas and many families put up a nativity scene (presépio), where Child Jesus is added to the crib.  Children put out their shoes for Baby Jesus, not Santa, and gifts are exchanged after the family has attended a Christmas service on Christmas eve. Christmas markets are not popular in Portugal,but the capital city Lisbon is known for its gigantic  Christmas tree which shines with thousands of green lights. 
 

Philippines 

 
In the Philippines there’s an extraordinary convention of having a Christmas lantern, which is called ‘paról’; the light is star-shaped, recalling the star of Bethlehem, and primarily made out of bamboo and paper. 
 

Australia

 
 In Australia, it is a convention that in the weeks up to Christmas, Christmas picnics are organized by different churches and they sing Christmas carols or Christmas songs on the beach. As Australia is on the southern side of the equator, the festive season is during summer time.
 

Brazil

 
 In Brazil, you may regularly discover a ‘presepio’, a crib or nativity scene, before a church. ‘Papai Noel’, or Father Christmas, voyages from Greenland to Brazil to provide presents to Brazilian kids. Numerous cities display Christmas trees during the month and this time of the year is celebrated with firecrackers. The floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro is said to be the biggest Christmas tree in the world.
 

USA 

 
It is standard to send and give Christmas cards in the USA. A few people write on cards: Happy Xmas! Xmas stands for Christmas, the X speaks to the cross. Many families decorate their houses with Christmas decorations. People have fun during Christmas time in the ice-rink at Rockefeller Middle in New York City. 
 

 India

 
 In Southern India, Christians often put little oil burning clay lights on the rooftops of their homes to show their neighbors that Jesus is the light of the world. Christians in Goa love to celebrate Christmas! Goa has lots of ‘western’ traditions. Most Christians in Goa are Catholics. People like to go carol singing around their neighbors for almost a week before Christmas.

Christmas Activity Ideas for Kids

  1. Baking simple Christmas cookies with elders
  2. Make paper masks for Christmas, like face of Santa or reindeer etc
  3. Make a beautiful snowman with Play-dough
  4. Decorate your own Christmas tree at home
  5. Make a Christmas card for your parents
  6. Make paper pine-cones
  7. Create your paper Straw Snowflakes