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History and stories surrounding the origins, traditions and meaning of the most popular Christmas carols

A world of best-loved Christmas carols, steeped in legends and stories, wonderfully documented and designed in text, illustrations and sheet music. A truly atmospheric companion during Advent and Christmastime.

Sheet music for voice and instruments ensure that every carol can be played and the joy of singing them is not overlooked.


Silent night,
holy night

The finest


Franz Xaver Erni and

Heinz Alexander Erni






8 1/2 x 11 in.

21,5 x 28 cm

224 pages

More than 100 illustrations
in colour


Christmas: presents, illuminated trees and carols

On the trail of the Christmas carol

The century of Christmas carols: echo and new beginnings

The major Christmas carols: origins, authors and legends

Christmas carols in England and France

The carols: to play and sing along

Christmas carols in masterpieces

The carols live on since Bethlehem is everywhere


Picture credits



Franz Xaver Erni, Dr. phil., freelance journalist (PEN), former editor-in-chief of several magazines, publishing cultural, historical and natural science-related topics.


Heinz Alexander Erni, professor of music, arranged all the carols in this book for musical accompaniment and authored the chapter on “Christmas carols in masterpieces”.