Teaching Rich Doctrines through Christmas Carols

Teaching Rich Doctrines through Christmas Carols

As a child, one of my favorite family Christmas traditions was singing carols together on Christmas Eve. However, as much as I loved the music, I was fairly clueless as to the deep, doctrinal richness found in many of these beloved carols. No one thought of actually explaining the words to me. What about your children? Do they know the meaning of phrases such as…

And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness (Joy to the World)

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse (O Come, O Come Emmanuel)

Hail th’incarnate Deity (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)

Joy to the WorldDon’t miss out this Christmas season on the opportunity to help your children learn the theological richness of great Christmas carols. Wonderful family traditions and memories can be fostered by not only singing these carols together, but also by exploring their meaning. Have your child choose their favorite carol. Print the words and study it together. (Note: Not all carols are equally rich and doctrinally truthful. Measure all by the truths of Scripture.) Or, use these three short Christmas carol devotionals offered at Ligonier Ministries as helpful guides:

Joy to the World

O Come, O Come Emmanuel 

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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