Do you have a favorite?
We’ve heard it said that some of the greatest theology has been written in hymns, and some of these church favorites stand the test of time to remain fresh and cherished today. Secular and Christian artists alike rush to sing old favorites at Christmas time. Here’s a list from the FaithHub team of our favorite Christmas hymns.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Okay, it’s technically an Advent hymn instead of a Christmas one, but based on an ancient Latin chant leading up to Christmas, it’s still awesome.
O Holy Night
This is a great teaching hymn: it puts us at the manger itself and the hope Jesus brings, but also reflects on what He taught us when He was here.
The Holy Innocents, perhaps the most overlooked and saddest part of the Christmas tale – Herod’s order to kill any child who might be the King of the Jews. This beautiful and haunting song commemorates a poignant moment.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Did you know that “hark” literally means “stop and listen?” What do you hear the angels singing but joy and goodwill and glory!
The First Noel
Honestly, the refrain may not sing “joy” or “glory” or anything else, but the notes and movement of “Noel! Born is the king of Israel!” makes us smile every single time.
I Wonder as I Wander
We don’t see this one sung very often, and that’s a shame. The haunting melody really elicits that reflection in the solitude of Christmas snow.
A favorite for many, this classic hymn is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to be an “intangible cultural heritage”, a touchstone for millions across many languages.