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Celebrating Christmas with Traditional Carols

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Adoration of the shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst (1592–1656). [Public domain image]

With Christmas approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, and as it is a time of rejoicing, celebration, and singing, we’ve added a Christmas carols section to the traditional music library.

In addition to the solstices and equinoxes, Christmas is another holy day within the Religion of the Sun, which corresponds to the birth of the manifestation of the spiritual within — the birth of the Spiritual Son and divine savior within a person.

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A scene of adoration of baby Krishna, born at the winter solstice in a prison at a time of tyranny and persecution to bring light and relief to the oppressed. Painting by Raja Ravi Varma (1888). [Public domain image]

Christmas is celebrated three days after the winter solstice. The winter solstice corresponds to the time of the birth of the sun and the turning point in the year from which the light of the sun begins to increase from out of the darkness of the preceding months. At the solstice the sun is at a standstill, however, and it isn’t until three days after the winter solstice that the sun begins to visibly ascend in the sky, corresponding with Christmas and the birth of the Spiritual Son.

Christmas is also a celebration of the birth of the divine savior within humanity, who is born as a world teacher,1 and many Christ figures from different traditions, such as Jesus, Krishna, Horus, Mithras, and Dionysus are said to have been born on the 25th of December (Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere).2 The stories of their birth and the events of their lives, passed down through thousands of years from generation to generation, encode a symbolic message of spiritual transformation.3

Celebrating Christmas with Traditional Carols

Christmas is a time of joy and merriment that can be passed with candle light, song, and time with friends and loved ones as these activities celebrate the hope, happiness, and the spiritual gifts that the Spiritual Son brings into the world.

Many traditional Christmas carols reflect the symbolic events surrounding the birth of the divine savior, and capture the feeling of the longing for the spiritual and the joy and peace that the Spiritual Son brings with his birth into a person.

Below is a gallery we’ve started with some examples of carols that can be sung at Christmas time. Feel free to also add your favorites in the forums here or in the comments below.

  1. Ibid., p. 106 

  2. Ibid., p. 122 

  3. Ibid., p.87 

About the author

Jenny Belikov

Jenny Belikov is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.


  • Nice to see this list and some of the additions, looking forward to checking them out over Christmas 🙂

    Love the Bethelemu one btw! as well as its lyrics. Like a calling to heart, of a remembrance of our place of spiritual origins, the house of our Father.

    Two other versions, one by the Morehouse College Glee Club and the other by Mormon Tabernacle Choir, are also wonderful in my opinion.

    • Yes, both those versions are really nice. So many great versions ones of this song out there — each with something new to bring to the table. Wish they could all be included somehow, but that would need a gallery all of its own 🙂 I like how the song is really catchy and joyful, powerful, and the lyrics are very heartfelt.

    • Funny, I was checking that one out of this playlist too yesterday. 🙂 And I have also listened to the Morehouse one, as I find that one particularly fascinating (even though adding female voices also adds a special beauty, as in the version listed).

  • Even though I’m in the Southern hemisphere and it isn’t Christmas here now (in the true astrological sense) it certainly is nice to hear the Christmas carols playing when I’ve been out and about. It’s about the only time of year I hear spiritually themed music in everyday public places, like shopping centres. I always loved singing them when i was a kid too, at carol by candlelight concerts. Carols are a lovely addition to the site and bring back some memories too 🙂

    • @Matthew – it is funny you say that as I had the same experience growing up. I have my fondest memories as a child singing Christmas carols at dusk with lovely candles or pretty lights singing these wonderful songs. There was always such a magical environment; and I too really enjoyed singing along.

  • Thank you for adding this section. Those songs are really beautiful, and it’s also fun to reflect upon their meaning…

    It may be that the original authors of those carols knew about the inner work (probably not, but maybe I’m just pessimistic), but through the beauty of the music and the symbolism that has been preserved in Christianity over the years, the carols still deeply uplifting and inspiring, still bringing a relevant message.

  • This is great Jenny, thanks for putting this together! I’m happy to have some new songs to listen to and sing around this time of year. 🙂

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