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This is a selection of musical favorites often performed by middle and high school choruses, bands, and orchestras during the Christmas holiday season. They have become part of America's broad cultural heritage, and are enjoyed by people of many religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Carol of the Bells One of the most widely performed holiday songs, with music based on a very old Ukranian tune. This is from Celtic Woman, an Irish singing group that often visits the U.S. A piano solo by Jennifer Eklund is here.
Sussex Carol A famous old Christmas song performed in a cathedral (large church) in England by the choir of Kings College.
Il Est Ne, le Divin Enfant This is a very old traditional French Christmas carol, but it is still well-known today. The singer is a young American teenager.
Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) Something different from ThePianoGuys for this classic holiday time music! Here's another great performance, playing a piano in ways you've never seen before: Angels We Have Heard On High.
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen A piano solo by Jennifer Eklund of this well known Christmas song.
Ding Dong Merrily on High A holiday favorite, with lyrics written by an English composer in modern times, although the music itself is based on a dance tune hundreds of years old.
Do You Hear What I Hear? British singer Aled Jones performs this Christmas song written at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 as a plea for peace.
Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) A quiet song that has become a holiday season standard. It has been sung by many great recording artists since it was written in 1949.
Auld Lang Syne - A young woman from Mexico famous for her YouTube music postings performs this song traditionally sung at midnight on New Year's Eve. It is based on an old Scottish poem, and reminds us not to forget times gone by.
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The letter below was sent to a newspaper in New York City in 1897 by a girl named Virginia O'Hanlon. Her letter and the famous response by the editor of The Sun are often reprinted by newspapers all over the country during the holiday season.
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