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Christmas songs. Photo: Holidappy

1. 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;

Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year."

This musical composition is considered a traditional English Christmas carol and can be attributed to the type of songs-carols. Carols were a tabu custom in 1647-1660. The initiator was Oliver Cromwell. During this period, many of the ancient Christmas carols were lost beyond recall. In the Victorian era, such songs regained popularity and became popular throughout the period of the Christmas celebrations, according to Mus-col.

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You

By Mariah Carey

"I don’t want a lot for Christmas,

There is just one thing I need.

I don’t care about the presents

Underneath the Christmas tree.

I just want you for my own

More than you could ever know.

Make my wish come true.

All I want for Christmas is you.

You yeah."

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a Christmas song in which legendary songstress Mariah Carey expresses the sentiment that despite the materialism usually associated with the holiday, the only gift she wants is to be in the loving personal company of the individual she has dedicated the song to, as said by Songmeanings&facts.

3. Jingle Bell Rock

"Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock,

Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring.

Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun,

Now the jingle hop has begun.

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock,

Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time.

Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square

In the frosty air."

Jingle Bell Rock is a Christmas song written by a public relations man from Massachusetts, Joe Beal, and an advertising business writer from Texas, Jim Boothe. Bobby Helms made the first release of the song back in 1957. Although there are a lot of versions of the song at present, Bobby Helms’ take on it is the one known worldwide because of his distinct style known as the “rockabilly”. Helms last recording of the song took place in Black Rose on 1983, as said by Christmas Carols.

4. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

"I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus

Underneath the mistletoe last night.

She didn’t see me creep

Down the stairs to have a peek.

She thought I was tucked

Up in my bedroom fast asleep.

Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus

Underneath his beard so snowy white.

Oh, what a laugh it would have been,

If Daddy had only seen

Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night!"

When this was released in 1953, some people thought it was a little too risqué, the thought of a married woman, possibly having an affair. A closer listen implies that Santa Claus is actually the child's father, but this didn't stop radio stations in some cities, including Boston, from banning it when it came out. Columbia Records appealed to the Council of Churches to clear the song where it was banned, sending young Jimmy Boyd to plea with them personally. The tactic worked, and it became a Christmas favorite, according to Songfacts.

5. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

"You better watch out!

You better not cry.

Better not pout,

I’m telling you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town.

He’s making a list,

And checking it twice;

Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.

Santa Claus is coming to town."

It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie. Gillespie was a prolific songwriter, and wrote the lyrics of the song, while Coots wrote the music. In 1934, when Gillespie brought Coots the lyrics, Coots came up with the main melody in just ten minutes. Coots then took the song to his publisher, Leo Feist Inc, who liked it but thought it was "a kids' song" and didn't expect much success, Smoothradio cities.

The tradition of singing Christmas carols appeared several centuries ago in England. At this time, the neighbors congratulated each other likewise, while needy families received gifts and rewards from the privileged families for performing holiday songs and carols. Many Christmas carols were written on the plot of biblical texts and carried a multi-layered religious meaning, according to Mus-col.
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