(1 2 3 4 5)
(1, 2, 3, Climb up the Mountain)
(A Cool Autumn Wind)
(A Finger Test)
(A Little Schoolboy)
(Chinese New Year)
(Clap Your Hands)
Clapping Game For Babies
(Done With Homework)
(Drop the Napkin)
Drop the Handkerchief Game
(Eight Hundred Spearmen)
(Find a Friend)
(Good Wishes, Good Wishes)
Chinese New Year Song
(Grandma Has Only One Cat)
(Ha ha ha)
(Happy New Year!)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes)
(I am a Painter)
(I Have a Pair of Little Hands)
(I Looked Out Over 2 or 3 Miles)
(Itsy Bitsy Spider)
(Jasmine Flower (Long Version))
(Journey to the West)
(Kitten Wets the Bed)
(Let's Row the Boat Together)
(Little Fat Boy)
(Little Silver Boat)
(Little Sister Carries Her Doll)
(Mommy is the Best in the World)
(New Year is Coming)
(One Toad, One Mouth)
(On Top of the Mountain, There was a Hemp Plant)
(Pan and Bottle)
(Purple Bamboo Flute)
(See What I Touch)
(Singing and Smiling)
(Spring Has Come)
(Sweeter Than Sugar)
(The Finger Rhyme)
(The Little Donkey)
(The Little Golden Sister)
(The Little Kid Buys Chocolate)
(The Little Mouse)
(The Mousie on the Oil Lamp)
(The Small-footed Girl)
(The Wolf Has Come)
(Walking on the Street, I Found a Penny)
(Wish You a Happy Birthday!)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
Christmas Carols Around The World is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately.
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