Modern Christmas Songs

“Sages, leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations, Ye have seen the Infant’s star…”

“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep’…”

“For ‘lo! the days are hast’ning on, by prophet bards fortold, when with the ever-circling years comes round the age of gold…”

Timeless words…yet, dated words, that bring Christmastime memories to our minds with the mere mention of a phrase…these fantastic Christmas songs/hymns, hold a deep foundational truth in our worship today, as well as worship in the past.  We’ve also been commercilized with the singing cats, chipmunks, and the “classic” Ray Stevens Christmas carols.  But, if we can ignore the meaningless and focus on the meaningful, I dare say that these songs are irreplaceable:

  • Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come
  • Silent Night! Holy Night!
  • The First Nowell
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • O Holy Night (congregational song?)
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

I can’t imagine singing through the worship music in December without singing these songs.  But, are there newer songs, specifically, songs written in our modern age that could impact our times of corporate worship?  Are there any songs recently written that could eventually be listed on the “Top Ten of All-Time Sacred Christmas Songs”?

I have collected a list of some modern Christmas-themed songs (original songs – not arrangements) that are out there…now you tell us.  Tell us if any of these should be included in the Top 10 list of Christmas songs or if there is another songs not listed that we should include.

  • Joy Has Dawned – Getty (2005)
  • Glorious Light – Getty
  • Offering – Baloche (2003)
  • Emmanuel – McGee (1976)
  • One Small Child – Meece (1971)
  • In Christ Alone (v. 2) – Getty (2002)
  • All is Well – M.W. Smith (1990)
  • Mary, Did You Know?- Lowry/Greene  (1991)
  • Fullness of Grace – Getty (2004)
  • other…leave a comment!

One thought on “Modern Christmas Songs

  1. I have two songs that I love and listen to year round that are Christmas songs. The first is “How many Kings” by Downhere. I really love this song and the way it reminds us how blessed we are to have a King that would humble himself to died a death for us. I know no other king that would do such a thing for a bunch of people who reject him and his grace. The other song is Casting Crowns ” I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. Just to picture a man with all hope gone in the middle of a war and the only thing that reminds him that God is still in control is the sound of bells ringing in a church. It is also a picture of the world around him dying in sin and the bells are the message of salvation and if they would stop the fighting and the battles and not listen to hate (satan) and listen to the bells (the message of salvation) they would know that there is peace on earth and that peace comes from Jesus Christ.

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