With Christmas fast approaching the sounds of Christmas carols are common.  But if you have traveled you know that not everybody sings the same songs, and even the same songs sound different and have different words around the world.  Here are some Christmas songs from different parts of the world for you and you family to enjoy this holiday season!

1) French Carol – Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris (Between the Ox and the Gray Ass)

Ray’s Comment:  Beautiful song, despite the name that – at least in English sounds – sounds a bit odd for an Xmas Carol.  This is one of the oldest carols on this list.  It is said to have originated in the 13th century and refers to how Jesus was cold in the manger and he was put between an Ox and Ass to stay warm.


2) Spanish Carol – Feliz Navidad (Merry Christamas)

Whether you live in a Spanish speaking part of the world or not, you have probably heard this song before.  This Spanish Christmas carol has made its way into pop culture.   It was written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican composer José Feliciano this song is now one of the 20 most frequently plaid Christmas carols in the world.

3) Russian Carol – V lesu rodilas’ yolochka (The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree)

This Russian Christmas carol started off as a poem written by Raisa Adamovna Kudasheva in 1903.  It was not until 1905 that a musician composed music to go with the poem.  The song tells about how a Christmas tree grows up in the woods then is brought into a town to bring happiness to the children.

4) Japanese Carol – Japanese Xmas Song

This is a J-pop song – Japanese Pop music – that was very popular in Japan in 2011.  We tried to find more information about it, but information about it is very scarce.

5) African Carol – Sing Noel

This song is a mixture of African instruments and singing with an English language song. You can almost feel the Christmas spirit from the Serengeti.

6) Indian Carol… kind of – Bollywood Jingle Bells

This song is not in Hindi, but is inspired by the Bollywood movies. Not in another language, but too funny to not include in this list!

No matter what language your are celebrating Christmas in, we wish you and your family a merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate) and happy New Years.


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