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'The First Noel' -- It is a traditional classical English Christmas carol of the early 19th century with its current form of Cornish origin (Cornwall is located in the southwest part of England)
The melody is unusual among English folk melodies in that it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain which is a variation on that phrase
'Jingle Bells' -- Written and published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written for American Thanksgiving
The song was often used as a drinking song at parties: people would jingle the ice in their glasses as they sung.
Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music.
'Joy to the World' -- The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. The song was first published in 1719
The music was adapted and arranged to Watts' lyrics by Lowell Mason in 1839 from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing...) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort ye from Handel's 'Messiah'
'Sleigh Ride' -- Composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 and finished the work in February 1948.
It was originally an instrumental piece; the lyrics, about a person who would like to ride in a sleigh on a winter's day with another person, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950.
The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra
Although "Sleigh Ride" is often associated with Christmas, and appears on Christmas compilation albums, the song's lyrics mention no holiday or religion (apart from certain recordings, such as those by the Carpenters that substitute "Christmas party" for "birthday party" in the song's bridge)
'Happy Holiday' -- Happy Holiday" was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn, where it is performed in a medley with the title song.
While it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song, in the film it is performed on New Year's Eve, and expresses a wish for the listener to enjoy "happy holidays" throughout the entire year.
For better or worse, the song helped to popularize the phrase "Happy Holidays" as a common greeting during the Christmas and holiday season in the United States
' My Favorite Things' -- A popular number from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 'The Sound of Music.'
The song was first sung as a duet between Maria (played by Mary Martin) and Mother Abbess (Patricia Neway) in the original 1959 Broadway production and by Julie Andrews in The Garry Moore Show's 1961 Christmas special and the 1965 film.
The song was written to be sung by a young woman scared of facing new responsibilities outside the convent but the Winter-time imagery of the lyrics has made "My Favorite Things" a popular selection during the Christmas Holiday season,
The song mentions Silver White Winters, Whiskers on kittens, Snowflakes, Bright copper kettle, Warm-woolen mittens, Brown Paper Packages tied up with Strings, Sleigh Bells, Geese flying at night, etc
There are many many other Christmas & Holiday songs out there but hopefully you enjoyed the ones we presented..