November 28th, 2016
We came across a Swedish song in English called "Christmastime". We have the English lyrics and tune (see below). Can anyone identify the original Swedish song? Midi Tune of Christmastime Lyrics and score… If you can help with this song, please either comment below or email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa
December 19th, 2015
Check out these fun, rocking renditions of Christmas carols as performed by Ryan DeRamos. The links below include lyrics, recordings plus additional links to French and Spanish Translations… Jingle Bells O Christmas Tree Hallelujah In dulci jubilo It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Joy to the World We Three Kings of Orient Are Child in […]
December 17th, 2015
Las Posadas (The Inns) is a tradition in Mexico that starts on December 16th and continues until December 24th. It’s also celebrated in Guatemala, Colombia and El Salvador. People go singing from house to house, acting out when Joseph and Mary tried to find lodging in Bethlehem and were turned away. They sing the song […]
December 16th, 2015
Mama Lisa’s World Blog has a wonderful, large collection of Christmas poems, recipes, songs, crafts and traditions from around the world. You can see them starting at the most recent. As you scroll to the end of the page, you’ll see a button to access "Earlier Posts". Please feel free to email us with your […]
December 12th, 2015
The Christmas carol "Deck the Hall" originally comes from the Welsh New Year’s Carol called Nos Galan ("New Year’s Eve"). Nos Galan is about spending New Year’s Eve with friends. It’s also about not spending more than you can afford for the holidays! It was first published in 1794, though it’s much older than that, […]
December 11th, 2015
Gatatumba, tumba, tumba is a nice, little Christmas carol in Spanish that’s easy to learn. It’s mostly sung by kids and is usually accompanied by drums, tambourines and bells. You can watch a YouTube rendition below and read along with the Spanish lyrics, followed by an English translation. Gatatumba, tumba, tumba Gatatumba, tumba, tumba, con […]
December 7th, 2015
Weihnachten (Christmas) is one of the most famous German Christmas poems. It was written by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788 – 1857). The poem starts with the mention of a market. The Christmas Market – Weihnachtsmarkt – is a big part of the Christmas season in Germany. It usually opens with the start of Advent. […]
December 2nd, 2015
"Hallelujah" is a beloved Christmas Carol. It comes from Handel’s Messiah (#44 Hallelujah Chorus), written in English. Here you can enjoy a performance of Hallelujah by the Paris Choral Society and read along with lyrics. Paris Choral Society Flash Mob Sings the Messiah Hallelujah Hallelujah (Lyrics) Hallelujah, hallelujah Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! Hallelujah, hallelujah Hallelujah, hallelujah, […]
December 1st, 2015
It’s December 1st! The Countdown to Christmas begins! Every day from now until Christmas we’ll highlight our favorite Christmas carols, recipes and traditions from around the world. Today, we’d like to point out our new Christmas Carol hub. It features over 150 Christmas Carols, Rhymes and Nativity Plays from around the world. Each piece includes […]
December 19th, 2014
Check out Celebrating Christmas Musical Traditions Around the World to learn about different holiday traditions. You can take a virtual holiday trip to Mexico, South Korea, Norway, Australia and Nigeria. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep Beautiful Child) Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down […]
December 9th, 2014
Ayako wrote to me about two popular Christmas songs from the Philippines that she learnt recently. Here’s her letter: Hi, Lisa I learned these Christmas songs from my English teacher. She is from the Philippines. She told me that about 80% of Filipinos are Catholic and go to church about for 2 weeks ahead of […]
December 3rd, 2013
Check out Mama Lisa’s World’s New Christmas Carol App for $1.99! Featuring… -75 Beloved Carols from Around the World. -Each carol includes lyrics in the original language, with an English translation. -Each includes recordings, some by professional musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help preserve their culture. Here’s […]
December 1st, 2012
This Christmas song was sent to us from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It’s sung throughout the Portuguese speaking world. The carol starts with a child leaving his shoe on the windowsill outside. In Portugal, children do this for the Epiphany (the day that celebrates the Three Kings’ visit to Jesus). Children leave straw […]
January 1st, 2012
At the End of the Feast is an "End of Christmas" Carol from England lamenting the end of holiday festivities. I find it to be humorous! This song is also called A Carol for the 12th Day and was first printed in New Christmas Carols in 1642. It can also be found in Notes and […]
December 28th, 2011
Kendall Bergstrom wrote to me asking for help with a Swedish Christmas song about Santa having a cold. Here’s what he wrote: Hello, Do you have the song about Santa and his cold during Christmas time? My father used to sing it every Christmas eve, and it ended with Santa sneezing saying, "Achee Achee Achee […]
December 23rd, 2011
The Coventry Carol dates back to 16th century England. It was originally part of a play that was performed in Coventry. The rest of the play has been lost, but this song was so memorable that people kept singing it. The story behind the song comes from The Gospel of Mathew in the Bible. It’s […]
December 16th, 2011
Daria (a children’s performer) wrote to me about her husband’s experience as a child in Greece at Christmas time. Here’s what she wrote: "My husband grew up in Greece and loves to remember caroling with a triangle during the Christmas season. He and his brothers and sisters would go door to door and even on […]
December 13th, 2011
The First Noël (also called The First Nowell) is from the 18th century or earlier. There are several versions. This version comes from Carols, New and Old (1871). Here are the lyrics followed by a video… 1. The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In […]
December 12th, 2011
Sabriana wrote asking, "May you please tell me what songs [people in] Colombia like to listen to during Christmas?" If anyone can help, please comment below. Thanks! Mama Lisa
December 9th, 2011
"Up on the Housetop" was written by American Benjamin Hanby in 1864. It was one of the first Christmas songs in English about St. Nick. Here are the lyrics with a YouTube video… Up on the Housetop Up on the housetop, reindeer pause, Out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots […]
December 5th, 2011
St. Nicholas is very popular in Germany! There are various traditions of St Nick there, depending on the region. In some places he walks from house to house giving treats. In other places children leave out their polished shoes and boots to be filled with treats and gifts in the middle of the night of […]
Here are some finger plays about Santa’s reindeer for young children. You’ll find below two versions of "Five Little Reindeer" with YouTube videos showing how to do the finger plays. Then you can watch the "Ten Little Reindeers" song sung to the tune of "Ten Little Indians". Finally, there’s a rhyme called "Santa’s Reindeers." Enjoy! […]
November 14th, 2011
Our first Kindle book, Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around the World, is now available on Amazon for just $2.99! Learn how this joyful season is celebrated across the globe. Featuring traditions, songs and personal stories! People everywhere love Christmas – but we don’t all celebrate it the same way. Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around The World is […]
July 22nd, 2011
Lindsey wrote asking for help with a Swedish song called "The Herdsman Song": I saw your website and thought you might be able to help me. I am a teacher writing lesson plans for an old novel entitled, "They Came From Sweden: Sod House Winter." It is by Clara Ingram Judson. It is about a […]
December 24th, 2010
Come get into the spirit of the Christmas holiday! Listen to some carols below… Boar’s Head Carol – Sung by Ruth Golding – Lyrics Here I Heard the Bells by Henry W. Longfellow – Sung by Megan Kunkel – Lyrics Here Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber – Sung by DL Pead Sleep Holy Babe […]
December 18th, 2010
It’s Christmas all around the world! Here are links to Christmas carols, rhymes, poems, crafts and recipes from across the globe. Feel free to share your favorite Christmas recipe, song or rhyme with us by emailing me or commenting below. Merry Christmas! Mama Lisa
December 15th, 2010
At this time of year, we hear Christmas carols wherever we go. Sometimes it’s fun to hear a parody of one for a change! David Solomons came up with his own particularly British spoof of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You can listen to it below… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
December 13th, 2010
My Leg Hurts, La cambo me fai mau, is a well-known Provençal Christmas carol sung in the south of France. It was originally written by Micolau Sabòli (1614 – 1675) in Occitan, the language of the Troubadours. This is not a typical carol! It’s about a pilgrimage to see the new-born Jesus. What’s fascinating is […]
December 5th, 2010
Every December, our town puts up little Christmas trees throughout the village. Then they let different local organizations decorate them. The organizations are things like Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, the town stores, etc. Then, during the first week of the month, there’s a Menorah lighting and a Christmas Tree lighting. Above you can […]
December 3rd, 2010
Who’s That Up the Chimney? is a Christmas song written by Scottish singer Ewan McVicar. Ewan sent this song to us when we asked him if he knew of any Christmas songs from Scotland. Here’s what he wrote: I was on a tram in the Urals city of Perm (Russia), and the teacher conveying me […]
November 29th, 2010
Noche de paz is the Spanish version of Silent Night. This Christmas Carol was originally written in German in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. It was called Stille Nacht. Below you can listen to Noche de paz, read the Spanish lyrics and then a literal English translation of the Spanish version. MP3 Recording of Noche de […]
October 28th, 2010
Henry wrote asking for help finding Peruvian Christmas Carols. Here’s what he wrote: Hello Lisa, I just listen the Peruvian carol played by orchestra. The south American rhythm is catching. I’ve already learn to play on the piano. Do you have more Peruvian carols somewhere so i can learn? (or even their scores?) I am […]
December 22nd, 2009
Many people love the Italian Carol Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)… Many more love Andrea Bocelli’s rendition of it… So I bring you the Italian lyrics, an English translation and the video together this Christmas season! Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italian) Tu scendi dalle stelle O Re del Cielo E […]
Here’s a French Christmas song that’s sung by children. MP3 of J’entends à notre porte J’entends à notre porte J’entends à notre porte Frapper trois petits coups C’est Noël qui apporte Des bonbons des joujoux Par les chemins de neige Il a marché longtemps Dans un joyeux cortège De beaux papillons blancs. I Hear Someone […]
December 21st, 2009
We have part of a Romanian Christmas Carol called Trei păstori – Three Shepherds. We need some help with some of the later verses. Below you’ll find the beggining of the song with the translation we have, followed by the verses we need help with. We appreciate any help anyone can give us! Trei păstori […]
December 19th, 2009
Here’s an old carol that sings of the Christmas feast in England that traditionally includes plum pudding… PLUM PUDDING Ancient Christmas Carol. All you who to feasting and mirth are inclined, Come, here is good news for to pleasure your mind. Old Christmas is come, for to keep open house: He scorns to be guilty […]
December 11th, 2009
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote Christmas Bells during the Civil War on Christmas Day 1863. It was a seven verse poem that later was shortened to the five verse carol that’s sung today. The tune was written by John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905) in 1872. Below you can read the full poem and hear it sung […]
December 9th, 2009
As early as the 15th century in England, they served boar’s head at the Christmas banquet. It was the first course in every Baron’s Hall and was brought into the feast with great singing. One song they sang was “The Boar’s Head Carol”. There are several versions of “The Boar’s Head Carol”. I’m happy to […]
December 8th, 2009
“Dona Nobis Pacem” is Latin for “Grant us peace” or “Give us peace”. The Latin phrase comes from the Roman Catholic Mass. The phrase is also sung as a round over and over again to form a song. In the recording below you can hear how pretty it is… MP3 of Dona Nobis Pacem Note: […]
December 2nd, 2009
Caroling is part of the Greek Christmas tradition. A carol is called Kalanta or Kalanda in Greek. Kids go out caroling on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Epiphany Eve (January 5th). They go door to door singing carols, often bring along triangles to play while singing. The playing is different than playing the triangle […]
December 28th, 2008
Here’s a nice, white and wintry video of the Winter Wonderland song, sung by alto singer, David Solomons…
December 23rd, 2008
Here are some Carols you can find the lyrics and translations to and often an mp3, midi, score, YouTube video and French and Spanish Translations – just click the link to access them: Occitan Christmas Carols Nadal tindaire – Jingling Christmas – from Occitania Nadal tindaire – Jingling Christmas – Recording only – from Occitania […]
December 22nd, 2008
Jet sent me a Thai version of Jingle Bells that she wrote. We don’t have any Thai Christmas songs, so I thought it would be nice to post here. Here’s the note Jet wrote to me, followed by her song, followed by explanations of some of the Thai words: I remembered hearing an Australian version […]
I love how this Carol sounds in Spanish. The R’s are a bit challenging to sing – if you’re not a native speaker – at least for me they are! Below you’ll find the Spanish lyrics to “Ay del chiquirritín”, followed by an English translation, then an mp3 recording and finally a YouTube video (with […]
December 17th, 2008
Here’s the Peruvian Christmas Carol – Ya viene el Niñito – “Here Comes Baby Jesus”. First you’ll find a YouTube rendition of it by children in Loja – Ecuador (South America), followed by the lyrics in Spanish and then an English translation… Ya viene el Niñito Ya viene el Niñito jugando entre flores Y los […]
December 15th, 2008
Matt Huffman sent us this Barbershop Quartet recording of the first verse of “Stille Nacht! Heil’ge Nacht!”. It’s the original version of the Christmas song, “Silent Night” – which was first written as a poem in German by Joseph Mohr in 1816. Below the mp3 recording you’ll find the German lyrics, followed by an English […]
If you’re wondering what Christmas is like in Japan, click below to see!
December 13th, 2008
Elle Fitzgerald sings in this wonderful winter animation!
December 7th, 2008
Willie Take Your Little Drum is a well-known English Christmas Carol, even though it’s based on a French Carol from Burgundy called Patapan. In my last blog entry, I posted the French lyrics to Patapan, with an English translation and a video of a French rendition of the song. Here, I’m going to post some […]
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