Christmas Hymns

Not long after Christmas was accepted as one of the great religious festivals in the Vth century, the first hymns in honour of the Nativity began to appear. These hymns, written in Latin, proliferated thereafter. From the XIIIth to the XVIIIth centuries, many of these hymns were translated into a variety of languages and became popular songs.

In French Canada, these hymns are called "chants de NoŽl", while in France they were generally gathered under the generic term "noŽls" and for North American Anglophones, under the term "carols".

The singing of Christmas carols in church and home is part of the living tradition of Christmas for many Albertans. Some Protestant churches have developed Christmas concerts and dramatic productions to reach out to the public with their understanding of the meaning of the Christmas season. One of the grandest productions in a local church is "The Singing Christmas Tree" of Central Pentecostal Tabernacle. For members of many churches and for secular people as well, this spectacle has become a part of their Christmas festivities.

Born Today is the Child Divine

Dance and sing this happy day,
Christ is born the Son of Mary
Dance and sing all care away,
Let us all our homage pay.
Born today of David's line
To the earth our Saviour cometh
Shepherds see the angel's sign
Born today is the Child Divine
Dance and sing this happy day
Christ is born the Son of Mary
Dance and sing all care away,
Let us all our homage pay...