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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

7. “Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil” (Ireland)

“Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil” is a traditional Gaelic carol that offers a simple but stirring picture of Christmas night in Bethlehem: the sky’s light and the earth’s cold, the angel and shepherds, and the arrival of “the Word” to a Virgin mother. Altan’s performance in Dublin adds a layer of mystery and loveliness to this Celtic treasure. (English translation here.)

8. “Talj Talj” (Lebanon)

Like a couple of other songs before and after this, I had the pleasure of discovering “Talj Talj” while pulling together this list. Lebanese singer Fairuz’s delicate, gorgeous song is all about falling snow, and taking that image to new depths. (English translation here.)

9. “Mi Burrito Sabanero” (Venezuela)

My sister-in-law introduced me to this infectiously fun Venezuelan song about a child traveling with a donkey to see Jesus. Performed here by the Mexican group Los Papis RA7, “Mi Burrito Sabanero” is next to impossible not to dance and clap to, and is the perfect celebratory soundtrack for Christmas morning. (English translation here.)

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