Follow us

As the holiday season approaches, the sounds of Christmas songs can be heard everywhere. From the cheerful strains of “Jingle Bells” to the soulful melodies of “Silent Night,” these beloved songs have become an integral part of the Christmas season.

But where did these songs come from, and how did they become such a beloved part of the holiday tradition?

According to music historian Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, many of the most popular Christmas songs have their roots in European traditions.

“A lot of the classic Christmas carols that we know and love today originated in Europe, particularly in England and Germany,” she said.

Christmas songs and their origins

YouTube video

One of the most famous and enduring Christmas songs is “Silent Night,” which was first composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber in Austria. The song, which was originally written in German, has been translated into over 300 languages and is one of the most popular Christmas carols in the world.

“Silent Night is a beautiful and timeless song that captures the spirit of the season,” said Dr. Thompson. “It’s not surprising that it has been so widely embraced and loved by people all over the world.”

YouTube video

Another classic Christmas song is “Jingle Bells,” which was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. The song, which was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh,” became an instant hit and is now one of the most widely-recognized and beloved Christmas songs of all time.

“Jingle Bells is such a fun and catchy song,” said Emily, a young woman walking down Fifth Avenue. “I love singing along to it every year. It just puts me in the holiday spirit.”

YouTube video

But while many classic Christmas songs have their roots in European traditions, there are also many modern Christmas songs that have become popular in recent years. One of the most well-known is “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, which was released in 1994 and has become a holiday staple.

“Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ is a great example of a modern Christmas song that has really stood the test of time,” said music critic James Thompson. “It’s upbeat, catchy, and has a great message. I think that’s why it’s become so popular and continues to be a holiday favorite.”

In conclusion, whether you prefer classic or modern Christmas songs, there is no denying their power to bring joy and warmth to the holiday season. So grab a cup of hot cocoa, turn up the volume, and let the sounds of the season fill your heart with cheer.

What is your favorite Christmas song?


The Racine County Eye, which includes the Kenosha Lens, has a great celebrations section to keep you updated on community-wide events and other festivities. Subscribe today to stay up-to-date with local news.

Follow us on Facebook: Racine County Eye or Kenosha Lens, and Twitter to make sure you get the latest news.

Racine County Eye and Kenosha Lens – Journalism that serves.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.