Joy to the World


I was clued in yesterday by a friend that the song “Joy to the World” is not a Christmas song. Say what? And Frosted Flakes aren’t my Dad’s favorite cereal. Surely this was some sort of mistake.

So, I researched it (yes, I used Wikipedia….don’t go all “Library of Congress” on me)….and….he is right! Isaac Watts is credited with writing the words of Joy to the World, and he wrote them as “as a hymn glorifying Christ’s triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a Christmas song celebrating his first coming as a babe born in a stable.”

That’s crazy!

Does anyone know how this happened? Please share!

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One thought on “Joy to the World

  1. luminousvignettes says:

    That’s a pretty fascinating observation, and now, come to think about it, there is very little in the song’s lyrics that really paint a Christmas picture. When viewed through that lens, it really does emphasize the Glorious Appearance of Jesus! Thanks for sharing that Marc. As to how it occurred, if Wikipedia didn’t say already, then that information is probably lost to time (I joke, of course…kinda).

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