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Christmas Lyrics that are Often Misheard

Christmas lyrics help us spread the joy and cheer of the holiday season. It’s hard not to sing along when a festive jingle comes on the radio, or even inside a store while we are shopping.

With so many songs out there, it can be hard to learn all the words, right? I especially love listening to children sing carols. They mishear the words and continue singing without missing a beat.


To share a little holiday laughter, I have compiled a list of the most misheard Christmas lyrics. These are sure to give you a little chuckle and maybe even brighten your day!

7 Misheard (and Funny!) Christmas Lyrics

  1. Joy to the World-Written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts in the early 1700s, this classic Christmas carol is often sung in church choirs as well as school plays. Those first few lines though…they seem to trip lots of people up!Misheard Lyrics: Joy to the world, let’s have fun. Let earth receive her keysJoy to the world, the Lord has gum…Actual Lyric: Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let Earth receive her King…
  2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer-Kids have enjoyed singing this carol since Johnny Marks wrote it in 1939. Since then, the Christmas lyrics of this song have been transformed into a classic animated filmMisheard Lyric: Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names…Actual Lyric: All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names…
  3. Jingle Bells-Written in 1857, Jingle Bells was not intended to be associated with the Christmas season. However, many people add it to their list of favorite carols. Today it is one of the most commonly sung carols in the U.S.There are a couple Christmas lyrics in Jingle Bells that are often mistaken.Misheard Lyric: Bells are ’bout to ring…Actual Lyric: Bells on bobtail ring…Misheard Lyric: Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse soap-and-sleighActual Lyric: Dashing through the snow, in a open-horse open sleigh…
  4. Deck the Halls-This Christmas carol is such a fun one to sing, because of all the “fa” and “la” going on. The melody of Deck the Halls dates back to the 16th century, though the English lyrics were written for the song in 1862. Here’s one that is commonly sung incorrectly…Misheard Lyric: See the grazing mule before us, fa la la la la, la la la la…Actual Lyric: See the blazing Yule before us, fa la la la la, la la la la
  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town-This fun and upbeat jingle has a few mistaken Christmas lyrics. First heard on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934, Santa Claus is Coming to Town was written by American songwriters, John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie. Here are the laughs you can have with this song:Misheard Lyric: He’s making a list, of chicken and rice…Actual Lyric: He’s making a list, and checking it twice…Misheard Lyric: He’ll seize you when you’re sleeping…
    Actual Lyric: He sees you when you’re sleeping…


What is your favorite Christmas Song? Share below in the comments! 

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