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Singing is great all year round, but even better at Christmas. Do you know the words to your favourite Christmas songs? If not, my top 10 might help. Altogether now…

1 – “Little Donkey”

Little donkey, little donkey

On the dusty road

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With your precious load

Been a long time, little donkey

Through the winter’s night

Don’t give up now, little donkey

Bethlehem’s in sight

Chorus: Ring out those bells tonight

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Follow that star tonight

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Little donkey, little donkey

Had a heavy day

Little donkey

Carry Mary safely on her way

Little donkey, little donkey

Journey’s end is near

There are wise men waiting for a

Sign to bring them here

Do not falter, little donkey

There’s a star ahead

It will guide you, little donkey

To a cattle shed

Chorus: Ring out those bells tonight

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Follow that star tonight

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

 

4 – “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

 

O morning stars together

Proclaim thy holy birth

And praises sing to God the king

And peace to men on earth

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love

 

How silently, how silently

The wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of His heaven

No ear may hear His coming

But in this world of sin

Where meek souls will receive him still

The dear Christ enters in

 

O Holy Child of Bethlehem

Descend to us, we pray

Cast out our sin and enter in

Be born in us today

We hear the Christmas angels

The great glad tidings tell

O come to us, abide with us

Our Lord Emmanuel!

 

6 – “Away in a Manger”

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The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

 

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes

I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky

And stay by my side until morning is nigh

 

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care

And fit us for heaven, to live with thee there

 

8 – “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

All seated on the ground,

The angel of the Lord came down,

And glory shone around.grotto shepherd_63233566

“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled minds,

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind.

 

“To you, in David’s town, this day,

Is born of David’s line

A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;

And this shall be the sign.

The heavenly babe you there shall find

To human view displayed,

All meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes

And in a manger laid.”

 

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith

Appeared a shining throng

Of angels, praising God, who thus

Addressed their joyful song:

“All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace

Good will henceforth from Heaven to men

Begin and never cease.”

 

10 – “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

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

 

Now bring us a figgy pudding

Now bring us a figgy pudding

Now bring us a figgy pudding

Now bring some out here

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

 

Oh, we all like figgy pudding

We all like figgy pudding

Oh, we all like figgy pudding

So bring some out here

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

 

And we won’t go until we get some

We won’t go until we get some

And we won’t go until we get some

So bring some out here

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

A Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

 

2 – “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me

A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Four callings birds…

And so it continues with:

Five gold rings

Six geese-a-laying

Seven swans-a-swimming

Eight maids-a-milking

Nine Ladies dancing

Ten Lords-a-leaping

Eleven pipers piping

Twelve drummers drumming

And a last loud:

“And a partridge in a pear tree!”

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3 – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

Had a very shiny nose

And if you ever saw him

You would even say it glows

All of the other reindeer

Used to laugh and call him names

They never let poor Rudolph

Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Santa came to say:

“Rudolph with your nose so bright

Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him

As they shouted out with glee

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

You’ll go down in history

 

Grotto jingle bells_901611195 – “Jingle Bells”

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

 

Dashing through the snow

In a one-horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way

Bells on bobtail ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to ride and sing

A sleighing song tonight

 

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh

 

santa carrying_843601877 – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

You better watch out, you better not cry

You better not pout, I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice

Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice

Santa Claus is coming to town

 

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake

 

Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry

You better not pout, I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

With little tin horns and little toy drums

Rooty-toot-toots and rummy-tum-tums

Santa Claus is coming to town

Curly head dolls that toddle and coo

Elephants, boats and kiddie cars too

Santa Claus is coming to town

 

The kids in girls and boy land will have a jubilee

They’re gonna build a toyland town

All around the Christmas tree

So you better watch out, you better not cry

Better not pout, I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

 

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake

You better watch out, you better not cry

Better not pout, I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

 

Grotto Frosty snowman_660875779 – “Frosty the Snowman”

Frosty the snowman was a happy jolly soul

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

And two eyes made out of coal

Frosty the snowman is a fairytale they say

He was made of snow but the children know

How he came to life one day

There must have been some magic in

That old silk hat they found

For when they placed it on his head

He began to dance around

Oh Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be

And the children say he could laugh and play

Just the same as you and me

 

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump

Look at Frosty go

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump

Over the hills of snow

 

Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day

So he said: “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun now

Before I melt away”

Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand

Running here and there all around the square saying:

“Catch me if you can”

He led them down the streets of town

Right to the traffic cop

And he only paused a moment

When he heard him holler “Stop!”

Frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way

But he waved goodbye saying: “Don’t you cry,

I’ll be back again some day”

 

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump

Look at Frosty go

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump

Over the hills of snow

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“While shepherds watched their flocks…the angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.”