Original Christmas Songs: Your Favorites?

Original Christmas Songs: Your Favorites? December 21, 2012

We all know the old Christmas carols, but every now and then an original Christmas song comes along that’s so good we’re not embarrassed to listen to it right alongside those classics.
In Southern Gospel, we happen to have one of the most beloved of these modern classics: “Mary Did You Know?” Contemporary Christian boasts the standard “Breath of Heaven.”
What other original Christmas songs do you think have special merit? For purposes of this post, we’ll focus on the sacred versus the secular.

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  • Darren

    I have 4 not in any specific order:
    A Baby Changes Everything- Faith Hill
    It All Started With a Child- Johnny Reid
    Make it Christmas Day- Jann Arden
    Born on Christmas Day- Brad Paisley

  • Aw, I remember hearing that last one on Paisley’s Christmas album. It’s the one he wrote when he was a kid. A really sweet song, not a great one I don’t think but showed his potential to be sure.

  • lee65

    Here are a few that have stuck with me:
    New Star Shining – James Taylor & Ricky Skaggs
    It Wasn’t His child – Skip Ewing
    No Room – Rhett Akin
    Let’s Make A Baby king – New Grass Revival
    There’s A New kid In Town – Keith whitley

  • “Daddy’s Christmas Eve” – a forgotten gem written by Joe Bonsall and released by the Oaks just weeks before Steve Sanders left
    “Hand Of Sweet Release” – Gaither Vocal Band

  • jefff

    Rest on Me – The Nelons
    Christmas all year – Nelons

  • Darren

    If that’s the only one you recognize, I would strongly reccomend looking up the others, and another good (not necessarily Christian song, but I think it’s a decent message) is Faith Hill’s “Where Are you Christmas”

  • Actually I have heard Faith Hill’s song and liked it. Haven’t heard the other two. Thanks for the recs!

  • I’ve heard someone else’s cover of the Ewing song—an excellent treatment of Joseph!

  • Janet B

    Oh so many… 🙂
    Light a Candle – EHSS did it, but I still love Avalon’s best
    While You Were Sleeping – Casting Crowns
    The Birth of the King – Clint Black
    One King – David Phelps
    Sing Noel, Sing Hallelujah – Michael W. Smith
    Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) – Chris Tomlin
    When Love Was Born – Mark Schultz
    Strange Way to Save the World – 4Him & Jason Crabb
    Glorious Impossible – Gaither Vocal Band
    Welcome To Our World – Chris Rice & MIchael W. Smith
    Labor of Love – The Isaacs…but I’m partial to Randy Travis’ version
    Christmas in Kentucky – Steven Curtis Chapman
    Merry Christmas!

  • Excellent choices! Among those, my favorites are “Sing Noel, Sing Hallelujah,” “Hallowed Manger Ground,” “When Love Was Born” (a neglected gem), “Strange Way to Save the World,” “Glorious Impossible,” and “Welcome to Our World.” From Steven Curtis Chapman, I really like “Going Home for Christmas,” “Our God is With Us,” and “All I Really Want.” Be sure to check out his two older Christmas albums, especially the first one.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Janet B

    Oh, I have them…they’re at the top of the pile every year. Love The Night Before Christmas (but I was trying to keep the list short!). Also adore Christmas Card, I Am Joseph, and Happy New Year from the new cd.
    And more from DP…Angel Lullaby, Joy Joy, Hark the Herald, & To Make a King….just to name a few.
    And have to throw Reaching by the GVB in there, as well.
    After my parents died, it took a few years before I could listen to Going Home for Christmas…but I’m there. 🙂

  • 😥

  • Tim

    Joy Williams, “Here with us” is another nice one.

  • Saved Girl

    It’s About the Cross by Go Fish is at the top of the list for me.
    Glorious Impossible by the Gaithers is one of my favorites.
    Glory to God in the Highest is another great one. I don’t know who did it first, but I like EHSS’s version the best.
    Tonight by EHSS
    Changed by a Baby Boy by EHSS
    Peace on Earth Tonight, the Collingsworths’ new Christmas song, is really great as well.

  • Yeah, that Go Fish song is sweet. 🙂 I like the original even better than the Balls’ cover.

  • Lydia

    “Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven”–children’s carol by Keith and Kristyn Getty

  • lee65

    I always listen to these entire projects every Christmas!!!
    Isaacs – I Feel The Christmas Spirit.
    Crabb Family – The Locket.
    Skaggs family Christmas Volumes 1&2.
    Voices Of The Season – A Capella.
    Patty Loveless – Blue Grass And white snow.
    and all of The Gaither Christmas Projects.