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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

10. “Thank You, Ang Babait Ninyo” (Philippines)

This equally lighthearted and fun track written by Robert Labayen is an original take on a Filipino Christmas carol. Performed by some talented young singers for ABS-CBN in the Philippines, this is a refreshing anthem of humility, hope, and gratitude. (English translation here.)

11. “Giv Mig Ej Glans, Ej Guld, Ej Prakt” (Finland)

This list comes to a close with two songs performed in a universal language: instrumental music. The first is Mårten Lundgren’s smooth jazz rendition of “Giv Mig Ej Glans, Ej Guld, Ej Prakt”, a 19th-century song from Finland about the longing for peace. (Lyrics and English translation here.)

12. “El Noi de la Mare” (Spain)

The second instrumental comes from a Catalan song about bringing an assortment of rich foods to the infant Jesus. Guitarist Andres Segovia’s rendition is filled with all the warmth, joy, and beauty of a Christmas spent by the fire with loved ones. (Lyrics and English translation here.)

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