Difference between Christmas Carols and Christmas Songs

Key Difference: Christmas carols are hymns about Christmas, Jesus or the nativity scene that are set to music. On the other hand, Christmas songs are basically songs that talk about someone’s experience with Christmas, around Christmas or even Christmas related things.

The Christmas season is often associated with Christmas trees, decorations, angels, snow (in some places) and carols. That’s right, prior to the actual day of Christmas, songs and carols can be heard everywhere, including malls, stores, churches, even elevators. Christmas songs and carols are important aspects of Christmas. During this season there is often confusion between Christmas carols and Christmas songs. They are often considered as the same thing, but that would be wrong. Christmas songs and carols are quite different things.

Christmas carols are hymns about Christmas, Jesus or the nativity scene that are set to music. These songs are traditionally sung in churches on the day of Christmas itself. However, there are many carolers that go around their neighborhood singing carols ad raising money for charities. Certain carols can be dated back to the Middle Ages, while other carols were not sung in Churches until the second half of the 19th century. Much of the carols often describe episodes of the birth of Jesus, including the travel of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and the three kings that visited Jesus at the manger.

Popular Christmas carols include: "Deck the Hall", "Carol of the Bells", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Joy to the World", "The Little Drummer Boy", "O come, O come, Emmanuel” and "Silent Night".

On the other hand, Christmas songs are basically songs that talk about someone’s experience with Christmas, around Christmas or even Christmas related things. These also include songs about snow. These songs are also popularly played during the Christmas season. These songs are not limited to talking about the Jesus and his birth, but can include any aspect of Christmas. These songs are often upbeat and are not considered as hymns.

Popular Christmas songs include: Jingle Bells, Little Drummer Boy, Winter Wonderland, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, All I Want for Christmas, Let it Snow, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Feliz Navidad.

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Comments

Little Drummer Boy is definitely about the Nativity.

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