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Christmas carols vs. Christmas songs: Do you know the difference between the two?

It’s that time of the year when Christmas music can be heard everywhere. Did you know, what you normally hear in the retail stores and on the radio is not a Christmas carol?

Alan Reid has been a voice teacher for 22 years, and is teaching his students the difference between the two; Christmas carols and Christmas songs.

“Most people think that Christmas songs are all the same. Christmas carols are actually religious in nature, while Christmas songs are secular,” said Reid.

Many of the traditional Christmas carols are over shadowed by trendy Christmas songs and the most popular songs, are sung by pop stars.

“The Beyoncé and Mariah Carey versions of Christmas songs are very popular for the kids,” said Reid.

Christmas carols can still be heard in church and in some schools.

However, the lyrics of traditional carols have not been lost, as pop singers such as Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus and even Justin Bieber (to name a few) have covered songs such as, “Silent Night, Oh Holy Night.”

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