Songs For Christmas 2010

music-clarinet-soft-songsWith Christmas fast approaching, I’m sure a lot of us are digging through last year’s Christmas music trying to find something new for this year to add to the traditional carols. With that in mind, here are some albums and songs you might want to check out.

Traditional Carols has many excellent contemporary arrangements for churches that want to incorporate choirs and orchestral instruments. Use this link. offers a similar service, where you can download choral and orchestral parts for many hymns. offers something similar.
O, Holy Night – alt. verses by Kevin Hartnett. Kevin is a member of my church, and wrote two new verses for this hymn that expound on the reason Jesus came to earth

Worship and Adore has a number of well-crafted new Christmas songs.
Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin offers contemporary versions of carols as well as a few new songs.
Savior by Sovereign Grace provides songs connecting Christ’s incarnation with his substitutionary death on the cross.
Christmas Offerings by Third Day provides contemporary arrangements of many carols.
New Irish Hymns #3 – Incarnation – songs by Keith Getty and others.

New (or fairly new) Songs (
congregational and solo)
Here With Us – Joy Williams – ponders the apparent paradoxes of God becoming a baby to save us
Jesus Saves – Travis Cottrell – travels from the incarnation, to the cross, to our praise in the new heavens and earth
Adore Him – Kari Jobe – describes the adoration of the Magi, and uses the chorus of “O Come all Ye Faithful”
Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin – celebratory version with a new chorus
On Christmas Day – Matt Osgood
Son of God – Michael W Smith
Glorious Impossible – Carl Cartee – joyful celebration of Christ’s birth, life, and substitutionary death
He Made a Way in a Manger – Vicky Beeching
He is Wonderful – Kathryn Scott

Older Songs (congregational and solo)
Labor of Love – Andrew Peterson – beautiful portrayal of Mary’s humility in birthing Jesus
From the Squalor Stuart Townend one of my favorite Christmas hymns that covers Jesus’ birth, life, death, and return
When Love Came Down to EarthStuart Townend
Magnificat – Todd Agnew – a contemporary version of Mary’s song
Here I Am to WorshipTim Hughes

Children’s Choir
Jesus is Emmanuel – Kevin Hartnett/Ken Boer
Are You Looking for the Savior – Hartnett/Boer

You might also want to check out Christianity Today’s round up of new Christmas albums.

Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments section. (Thanks to Ken Boer for his work on this list.)

19 Responses to Songs For Christmas 2010

  1. Jamie Mason November 20, 2010 at 4:06 PM #

    Great list Bob! I would add Carl Cartee’s “Glorious Impossible!” Thanks for your service to the bofy!!

    • Bob Kauflin November 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM #

      Jamie, you’re right. I did add it, per your counsel. Great song.

  2. Jamie Mason November 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM #

    body that is……

  3. todd November 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM #

    Bob, I got SovGrace’s SAVIOR a few weeks ago and I am simply astounded. Exactly what our church needs this season.

    Didn’t think I could be a bigger fan of SG, but that album has done it!

  4. Don Chapman November 20, 2010 at 6:40 PM #

    Thanks for mentioning my website! May I also add to the list two free Christmas worship songs for congregation I’ve cowritten: “I Adore You” and “Peace On Earth.” Both are free downloads at

  5. Carlos November 20, 2010 at 6:56 PM #

    “Advent Songs” by Sojourn is pretty good too as well as Matthew Smith’s, “Your King Has Come”. I’m a big Fernando Ortega’s “Christmas Songs” as well.

  6. Carlos November 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM #

    Oh, I forgot to add, “The Magnificat” by Keith & Krystn Getty.

  7. Paul Hayes November 20, 2010 at 10:27 PM #

    Great list! The Sojourn Christmas Album: Advent Songs has some very compelling arrangements of old and new Christmas songs. i especially like “Glory Be”

    This music (and free chord charts!) are found at:

  8. Chris November 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM #

    Townend’s hymns are amazing. Love the song “From the Squalor” for Christmas… We added a penny whistle riff between the verses that worked marvelously.

  9. Chris November 22, 2010 at 4:11 PM #

    Andy Park wrote a song called Immanuel which is a medium-fast contemporary Christmas recorded on a CD called A Vineyard Christmas in 1990. I absolutely love the song for this time of year. Adapt it to contemporary arrangement especially the drums! :) MP3 is found on (Artist for some reason is Bobby Cruz!?!) Also “Heaven Sings” is worth a look.
    chord sheet at or

  10. Word Music November 22, 2010 at 5:32 PM #

    Great list! Thank you for mentioning! Might I add ‘Ring the Bells” by Gary Rhodes and Tim Cates from Word Music.

    It is a great choir call to worship piece for Christmas!

  11. Dana November 23, 2010 at 11:50 AM #

    Thank you for the song list. I would include Travis Cottrell’s version of your song “In the First Light”
    It wonderfully conveys the humility and the majesty of Christ’s incarnation.

  12. Eric November 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM #

    Thanks Bob. What a gift you are to our little church in OC. Just talking to our leaders about planning Christmas songs and how it’s a lot of work…but worth it.

    then I found your post! so grateful for your counsel and help.

  13. Lee Black November 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM #

    Bob, thanks for mentioning “He Made A Way In A Manger.” Hope you’re doing well!

  14. Kristen November 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM #

    Great list! Thanks for sharing these songs!
    I also like Bebo Norman’s “Born to Die” because it talks about the purpose of Christ coming to earth.

  15. Chris Ashton November 28, 2010 at 6:06 AM #

    Thanks for this list, Bob. We used Kevin Hartnett’s excellent lyrics to O Holy Night this evening at my church (St Paul’s Anglican, Chatswood, Australia). They sounded great and were well received and edifying to the saints there!

  16. Aaron Campbell November 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM #

    One of my all time favorite Christmas albums is still Glad’s Voices of Christmas.

  17. Paul Buckley November 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM #

    Carlos (7, above) mentions the Gettys’ setting of the Magnificat. I like it, too, but I think the range is unrealistic, at least for the congregations I know. It goes as low as an A-flat and as high as a D. Well, there’s no negotiating with that. You certainly can’t transpose lower, but you can’t really go much higher, either.

  18. Gary Ware December 1, 2010 at 3:25 AM #

    I’ve spent the last week listening to ‘Christmas’ by Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips.
    I bought the download from the Rabbit Room.

    A new tune for ‘Nations That Long In Darkness Walked’ and the funnest version of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ that you’ll ever hear among other gems.

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