Cathy's Chords - songs for guitar & uke

Lyrics and chords to old folk songs and favourites from the 50's on. 
Learn-to-play acoustic guitar and ukulele tips for beginners... and some banjo as well.

Christmas Songs - for guitar, ukulele & banjo

Here is a list of Christmas songs I have written out; many of them are already in lists on other pages or below, but I thought it could be useful to have an alphabetical list, to keep track of what's available.

The links on this list should go to the most up-to-date copies (some of my old songsheets have been revised here)

This site is funded purely by myself and by donations. If you find the song sheets useful and you have a few spare dollars, you may like to support the site with a donation. Every dollar is useful and any contributions are most welcome!

Angels We Have Heard on High

- for guitar: L 4 Angels We Have Heard on High _Key G_ G,C,D7

                           L 12 Angels We Have Heard on High _Key A_A,D,E7.. 

- for ukulele: Uke L.2 Angels We Have Heard on High _Key G_ G,C,D7... 

- for banjo: B. L 3 Angels We Have Heard on High _Key G_ G,C,D7

 

Away in a Manger 

- for guitar: L12_Away in a Manger in A_A,A7,E7,D (revised)

                  L 6_Away in a Manger_Key G_G,C,D7,G7 (revised)

..

- for ukulele: Uke L. 3_Away in a Manger_Key G_G,C,D7,G7

..

- for banjo: B.L 6_Away in a Manger_Key G_ G,C,D7,G7

 

Christmas Island 

- for guitar: L.18+ Christmas Island 

 

Deck the Halls

- for guitar: L8 Deck the Halls_Key C_C,G7,F,D7,Am

                  L.5 Deck the Halls - Key G_G,D7,C,A7,Em

- for ukulele: Uke L.5  Deck the Halls - Key C_C,G7,F,D7,Am

- for banjo: B.L 8  Deck the Halls - Key C_C,G7,F,D7,Am  

                          B.L 11-14 Deck the Halls - Key G_G,C,D7,A-A7,Em 

 

Frosty the Snowman

- for guitar: L 8-15 Frosty, the Snowman_Key G_G,C,D7,D,A7,Am,Bm

- for ukulele: Uke L.12-16 Frosty, the Snowman_Key G_G,C,D7,D,A7,Am,Bm  

- for banjo: B.L 11-15 Frosty, the Snowman_Key G_G,C,D7,D,A7,Am,Bm  

 

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  Key - Am; Chords - Am, C, F, Dm, G7, E7

- for guitar: L.12 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen_Key Am

- for ukulele: Uke L.14 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen_Key Am

- for banjo: B.L.13 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen_Key Am

 

Happy Christmas -War is Over   

- for guitar: L.10 Happy Christmas -War is Over - G, D7,C, Am, C7, F, G7, Dm

 

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

- for guitar: L.8. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas G, D, C, Em, Am

 

Jingle Bells - Key G,C

- for guitar: L. 4. Jingle Bells - G, D7,

- for ukulele:  Jingle Bells - Level 4 - Key: C; chords: C, G7, D7, F,

                            Jingle Bells - Level 4 - Key: C (easier version); chords: C, G7, F

                            Jingle Bells - Level 12 - Key: G; chords: G, D7, C, A7

- for banjo: B.L 7 Jingle Bells in C_C,F,G7,D7 

                             BL 11-14 Jingle Bells in G_G,C,D7, A-A7

 

the Little Drummer Boy - Key C

- for guitar: L. 17 the Little Drummer Boy _C_ C,F,G7,Bb

- for ukulele: Uke L.7 the Little Drummer Boy _C_ C,F,G7,Bb

- for banjo: B.L 17 the Little Drummer Boy _C_ C,F,G7,Bb

 

O, Christmas Tree   Key: C; Chords: C, G7, Am, Dm

- for guitar: L. 10 O CHRISTMAS TREE_Key C_C,G7,Am,Dm

- for ukulele: Uke L. 8 O CHRISTMAS TREE_Key C_C,G7,Am,Dm

- for banjo: B.L 9 O CHRISTMAS TREE_Key C_C,G7,Am,Dm


Once in Royal David's City    Key (A), G

- for guitar: L.12 Once in Royal David's City _Key A_A,E7,D

                  L.4 Once in Royal David's City _Key G_G,D7,C

- for ukulele: Uke L.2 Once in Royal David's City _Key G_G,D7,C

- for banjo: B.L 3 Once in Royal David's City _Key G_G,D7,C

 

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree  -Chords:  G, Em, C, D, D7, A7, Bm

- for guitar: L.15 Rocking Around the Christmas Tree 

 

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

-for guitar - L7_Key C; C,F,G,G7,D,D7

                - easy L13_ Key D; D,A,A7,G,E,E7...

-for ukulele - L11_Key C; C,F,G,G7,D,D7 

                  - L 17 Key D; D,A,A7,G,E,E7 ...

-for banjo - L7_Key C; C,F,G,G7,D,D7

 

Santa Claus is Coming (Hi 5) 

- for guitar - L.15 Santa Claus is Coming (Hi 5)

 

Silent Night - Key C

- for guitar: L 2.  Silent Night - D, A7, G

- for ukulele: Silent Night - Level 12 - Key: D; chords: D, G, A7 

- for banjo: B.L 7_Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas

- for guitar: L. 12. The 12 Days of Christmas - D, A7, (A), G, E7

- for ukulele: 12 Days of Christmas- Key: C; chords: C, G7, F

 

Up On the Housetop

For guitar -  L 4 Up On the Housetop_Key G_G,C,D7

                              L 7 Up On the Housetop_Key C_C,F,G7..

For ukulele - Uke L.2 Up On the Housetop_Key G_G,C,D7

                                Uke L.4 Up On the Housetop_Key C_C,F,G7

For banjo - B.L.3 Up On the Housetop_Key G_G,C,D7

                            B.L 7 Up On the Housetop_Key C_C,F,G7

 

We Three Kings - Key: Am; Chords: - Am, E7, C, G7, Dm, F

- for guitar: L.12 We Three Kings_Key Am; Am, E7, C, G7, Dm, F

- for ukulele: Uke L.14 We Three Kings_Key Am; Am, E7, C, G7, Dm, F

- for banjo: B.L.14_ We Three Kings_Key Am; Am, E7, C, G7, Dm, F

 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

- for guitar: L 4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - G, A7, D7, C 

- for ukulele: We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Level 4 - Key: C; Chords: C,G7,F,D7 

                              We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Level 12 - Key: G; Chords: G,D7,C,A7 

- for banjo B.L 11-14_ We Wish You a Merry Christmas_Key G_G,C,D7,A7 

 

What Child is This   

- for guitar: L.13 What Child Is This_Key Am_Am,C,F,G,E

- for ukulele: Uke L.17 What Child Is This_Key Am_Am,C,F,G,E

- for banjo: B. L17 What Child Is This_Key Am_Am,C,F,G,E  

 

When a Child is Born

- for guitar: L13 When a Child is Born_Key A_ A, D, E7, E (revised)

                  L 4 When a Child is Born_Key G_G,C,D7,D

- for ukulele: Uke L 11 When a Child is Born_Key G_G,C,D7,D

- for banjo: B.L 4 When a Child is Born_Key G_G,C,D7,D 

 

When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney

- for guitar: L 14 When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney_Key G

 - for ukulele: Uke L.16 When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney_Key G

 

    Christmas Songs - for guitar

 

Many Christmas carols and songs are a bit tricky to play on guitar; they sound better played on a piano or by an orchestra. However, they are so lovely to sing, and so well known, that it's worth trying to find or work out some "easier" versions. They are often slow, so are good for novice guitar players!

Here are some of my favourites. I'll add more as (or if) I get time. I have adjusted some of them to make them easier to play, and I have put them in a key that is relatively easy to play and also easier for singing, in my opinion (many carols especially suit very high voices).

You can always use a capo if these songs are too low for you (see Folk Guitar Basics if you're not sure what a capo is - they are a very handy "extra" when you play songs).

Opening and/or downloading these song sheets uses bandwidth, which I have to pay for, so if you are using more than half a dozen or so of the sheets, and if you have a few dollars to spare, you may like to donate a little bit to help with the site costs (but please don't feel obligated in any way, the songs are here for you to enjoy). 

Easiest Christmas Songs, Level 1-3

 

L 2.  Silent Night - D, A7, G  - a lovely, slow song.

I've dropped the key down to D.

3/4 timing (One, 2,3 , One, 2,3 etc.)

 

Easy Christmas Songs, Level 4-6, Level 12

 

L 4. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

- G, A7,  D7, C  - a couple of quick D7>G changes, but otherwise easy to play.

3/4 timing (One, 2,3 , One, 2,3 etc.)

 

L. 12.  Away in a Manger - A, A7, D, E7

 Here's an easy version of this beautiful song. Don't be put off because it's Level 12; these are actually very easy chords, and the changes are not too fast.

I've done it in the key of A, as the chords are easy and it's not too high. It may be too low for you to sing, so you may need to use a capo to raise the pitch.

You can just do a gentle strum (One, 2, 3, One, 2, 3) or you can pick the strings with your fingers: a simple arpeggio of B32123, B32123 sounds good. Note that B= the bass note- this is the string shown a bit darker on the chord diagrams (A- 5th string, D- 4th string, E- 6th string). 

 

L.13. When a Child is Born - A, D, E7, E

This song is a favourite at our Melbourne Carols by Candlelight, usually sung by Marina Prior, if I remember correctly. The chords are easy, with slow changes. I've left in the spoken part as in the Johnny Mathis version, but this is optional.

An suggested Right Hand "finger picking" pattern for this song is to pluck the strings 5,3,2,1, 4,3,2,1 in a repeated pattern.  Use your thumb for the bass strings (5 or 4) and use your 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers for the other strings so it's an easy pattern to play.

 

L. 4. Jingle Bells - G, D7,

The chord changes in the chorus are fairly fast, but the chords themeselves are not too hard. The rhythm is a brisk One, 2,3,4, One,2,3,4.

 

Next Christmas Songs, Level 7-10,  12-13

 L.8. Deck the Halls - G, D7, C, Em, Am - NEW DEC. 2011 - this traditional song has a fairly brisk pace, but no hard chords. Timing: 4/4

L.8. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - G, D, C, Em, Am NEW DEC. 2011  -  a lovely, slow song with no hard chords. Timing: 4/4

L.10. Happy Christmas -War is Over

- G, D7,C, Am, C7, F, G7, Dm

-this looks like a long list of chords, but F is the hardest one and there are no fast changes, so take it easy and enjoy this song- it's a lovely song to sing in a group. I've put in the second part- I think it's fairly accurate.

3/4 timing (One, 2,3 , One, 2,3 etc) but if you like, you can just strum the first beat of each bar (the One count).

 

 L.13. Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

- D, A7, G, E, E7, A

This song is quite a brisk pace, with steady chord changes but the changes are not too fast and the chords are all easy except for G (do the one-finger G if you need to), so it's not a hard song, and it's lots of fun.   

                        

L.12. Once in Royal David's City - A, D, E7

I have simplified the chords for this lovely song. The changes are fairly frequent on the second two lines of each verse, but the chords are easy and the song has a slow  pace.

You may find it easier to form the A chord with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers for the changes to and from E7- try it out to see.

 

L.12. Angels We Have Heard on High

  - A, D, E7

This is also a simplified version, without the F#m and Bm and with fewer chord changes, although there is a few quick changes. The chords themselves are easy though, so give it a go.

The second verse is optional- the words are very old-fashioned, so if I'm singing this song with children, I just do Verse 1 and 3.

The rhythm is 4/4, so you can do a relaxed "down, down-up, downdown-up" strum pattern.

 

L. 12. The 12 Days of Christmas  - D, A7, (A), G, E7

The chords and changes in this song are quite easy. Note the change of tune when you get to the "5 golden rings" part.

The A chord is optional- it just sounds better.

This is a fairly high key to sing in. If you like, you can change to the key of C, but the chords and changes will be a bit harder.

Image courtesy of birdclipart.com 

 Harder Christmas Songs, Level 11+

 

L. 12. We Three Kings

- Am, E7, C, G7, Dm, F

This song has a constant progression of chords, so it can be tricky if you're not a confident player. Take it nice and slowly, and don't worry about the right hand rhythm too much- a steady, slow downbeat works well for this song.

 

L.12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

- Am, C, F, Dm, G7, E7

This song has couple of tricky chords if you're not used to  Dm and  F, with fairly constant chord changes throughout, but I've cut out some of the chords so the changes are not as fast, and you can play the song at an easy, relaxed pace.

The rhythm is 4/4, so a steady "Down up down up" strum works well.

 

L. 15. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree 

- G, Em, C, D, D7, A7, Bm

The only really difficult bit in this song is the Bm chord, if you're not used to it. Bm (B minor) sounds best as a bar chord (where you put your first finger across all the strings as a "bar") but there is an easier version shown, too, where you only play the "top" 4 strings - just don't strum the 2 "lowest" (thick) strings. 

If you like this song, have a go at it. Don't be put off by the Bm chord- it's only in a couple of places, and the rest of the song is easy so it's a good chance to practise playing Bm. It's not a very hard change from C- your fingers don't need to move much; just pull them back a bit and add in the 4th finger. Practise this change before you play the song.

I've put a link in to a Youtube clip of this song. If you have a capo, you can put it on the first fret and play the chords a semitone up so that you can play along with the clip if you like - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=066EwtrkmRs&feature=fvw.

 

Level 16  Santa Claus is Coming (Hi 5) - added to this list Dec 2014 - This is a catchy song performed by children's group Hi 5 - a link to the YouTube clip is on the song sheet. I've made up some chords to go along with it... including a couple of bar chords (C, Am, G, Dm, F, Fm, A, A7, Gm).

 

Level 18+ Christmas Island NEW DEC. 2011  I heard this song whilst shopping and fell in love with the laid-back sound - this is my version, somewhat simplified but it sounds OK to me. It has a couple of bar chords but it's not too hard. The timing is best picked up from a recording of the song; you can strum something like  “and- a-ONE, and- a-ONE” (down, up-DOWN, etc)

– see  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG5ge0vgXPA for a recording by the Andrews Sisters with wonderful harmonies.

Extras- Links, Free Resources

More sites for Christmas Songs-

You can find most songs if you Google "lyrics, chords" and the song title. Most will be free to copy, and some will have a key changing option. Most have lots of ads everywhere, and can be a little confusing to navigate. My favourites for Christmas songs (so far) are:

http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/Christmassongslyricschords.html  Notes- good site, easy to navigate, chords on all verses, option to change key (copy and paste).  Ads not too intrusive.

http://www.guitarsongs.info/xmas.htm  Notes- scroll down past the ads for the list of songs. The formats vary- some songs have the cords inset, and some have the chords at the end of the line- not so good if you don't know where to change them.

 

FREE ONLINE KEY CHANGER-

If you find songs with the chords inset [in brackets], or in a font such as  courier with the chords written above the words, you can copy and paste into the online key changer at http://www.logue.net/xp/ - just choose your new key and the chords will be magically changed. Brilliant!

Note- The online key changer works with fonts like courier because all the letters are spaced evenly, so the chords don't get moved as the text  expands. It also works with chords inset in brackets.  I use Verdana for my songs as it's easy to read, so my songs won't work in the changer - but if you need to change the key, you can use the chord transposing wheel or use a capo to raise the pitch a bit.

 

                                                        FREE CHRISTMAS CLIP ART- 

I had a lot of trouble with searching for free Christmas images- many were copyright, and several were "free" but all of a sudden, my computer was "infected with viruses", according to the window that popped up! There were some other nasty surprises in the Google image search, too. In the end, I found a few good sites with a range of free Christmas clipart. These are the sites I can recommend (most have other themes, too):

http://www.clipartpal.com/clipart_pd/holiday/christmas/christmastree1.html -good range of free Public Domain clipart for Christmas and other topics- check the index on the right side of the page 

http://clipart.edigg.com/Christmas_Clipart/ -good range of free Public Domain clipart for Christmas and other topics 

http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/ has clip art and animate gifs

http://www.watton.org/clipart/cliparttextlinks.shtml list of picture descriptions, different topics - mainly religious theme

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/religion-CM079001947.aspx free clipart of 3 wise men, nativity etc

eCard- Christmas Greetings - kookaburra

 eCard- Christmas Greetings- Kangaroo, Hoppy Christmas

 FREE eCARDS:

You can find a range of free images that I have adapted to use as "eCards" for different occasions at  http://free-fun-n-games.com/ecards.htm