The Reader’s Digest Merry Christmas Songbook is highly sought after because it’s a great compilation of Christmas tunes. It’s a great choice for singers and piano or organ players.
This book is out of print, so many of the available copies for sale are used. This is fine, as buying used can also save you a lot of money, but here’s a tip. This book originally was published with a lyrics booklet that was laid inside the front cover pocket. Some used copies might not include the lyrics booklet, so you may want to check with the seller before purchasing if that’s important to you. The lyrics booklet is helpful when you have lots of singers and everyone can’t see the songbook well.
The songbook is spiral bound so it can lie flat when open. Here’s a photo of the back cover that describes many of the features:
And here is a photo of the table of contents. You can click on the picture to make it bigger:
As you can see, the songbook has lots of traditional carols and Christian songs. This really brings back some childhood memories for me. It might make you nostalgic too! Here are just some of the songs listed:
Carol of the Bells, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Christmas for Cowboys, Christmas in Killarney, Deck the Halls, The First Noel, For Thy Mercy and Thy Grace, Frosty the Snow Man, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Happy Birthday Jesus, O Holy Night, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Suzy Snowflake, Jingle Bells, I saw Three Ships, Up on the Housetop, We Three Kings of Oreint Are, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
And here’s a photo of some sample pages. As you can see, it also has guitar chords.
The photos pictured above are all of the 2003 edition. However, there are also editions from 1981 and 2000. Click here to compare prices and content for all editions.