Joe Lusk

Joe Lusk

One source lists the five most popular Christmas hymns of all time: “Joy to the World,” 1719; “Silent Night,” 1818; “O Holy Night,” 1847; “The First Noel,” 1823; and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” 1739. Some would modify this list; for example, I would include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” 1867, and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” 1743, in my choices. These inspired hymns show us that truth and excellence transcend the centuries and that our Christmas carols have a firm foundation. “‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people’” (Luke 2:10b).