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12 Songs of Christmas (from all around the world)

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Matthew Becklo - published on 12/23/16 - updated on 06/07/17

4. “Caro Gesù Bambino” (Italy)

In this video, Andrea Bocelli introduces and sings “Caro Gesù Bambino,” a “very, very sweet song” that he recorded for his 2009 Christmas album. Pier Quinto Carriaggi’s heartbreaking lyrics center on a poor child making a single request to Jesus. (English translation here and in the video.)

5. “Minuit, Chrétiens” (France)

Most will recognize this melody from the English adaptation, “O Holy Night.” But the original song, sung here by French tenor Roberto Alagna, opens on a darker, richer note than we’re used to: “Midnight, Christians, it is the solemn hour when God as man descended among us to expunge the stain of original sin and to put an end to the wrath of his father.” (English translation here.)

6. “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (United States)

Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson gives a rousing performance of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” a 1934 song composed by Robert MacGimsey. The lyrics meditate on the Son coming to save a world that didn’t – and often still doesn’t – know or acknowledge him. (Lyrics here.)

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