Advent Songs Parents Can Use to Teach Children Theology

Advent Songs Parents Can Use to Teach Children Theology

Friday, 08 October 2021 13:59

As the days shorten and the weather grows colder, it begins to draw ever nearer to the Advent season. During this time, it will not be uncommon to hear popular Christmas songs trumpeting throughout retail stores and different stations on the radio. However, most of the songs families will hear during this time fail to capture the true meaning of the Advent season: Jesus’s birth. 

For instance, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” doesn’t do much to address the miraculous incarnation, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” which includes lyrics that say, “Now, bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it out here!” does not quite address the sacrificial humility of Christ. 

Such humility that He was willing to be born as a baby in a feeding trough, despite previously standing at the right hand of the throne of God the Father. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the inclusion of Advent songs that have deeper theological significance than “Frosty the Snowman” is a necessity for all Christian families. 


To help you as a parent in supplying such songs to your children, we’ve compiled a list of a few Advent songs which might help your students to understand the true meaning of Advent. We’ve also included a few comments on each song which can hopefully inspire some discussion between you and your young ones regarding the deeper significance of each song’s lyrics.

Five Advent Songs Parents Can Use to Teach Your Children Theology

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

One of the most popular Advent songs, which was translated from Latin and is at least several hundred years old, is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” In this song, Jesus is addressed by many different titles, such as “Emmanuel” (God with us), “Son of God,“ “Dayspring,” “Wisdom,” “King of Peace,” and “Desire of Nations,” which is actually a reference to the fulfillment of Haggai 2:7 by Jesus! 

This song is also incredibly important as it reminds us that, just as God answered the prayers of Israel by sending Jesus then, He will soon answer our prayers by sending Jesus again. Through singing this song as a family and through our prayers, we are waiting in joyful expectation for the return of Christ.

“The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns”

Going off of the last selection, “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns,” draws a connection between the first coming of Jesus with His second coming. We must always remember that Christ is coming again soon and that this time He’ll be coming with His full splendor!

“Come, All Ye Shepherds”

The entirety of this song acts as a sort of allegory, reminding us in our current circumstances to draw near to Jesus, just as the shepherds physically came and drew near to Jesus after His birth (Luke 2:16). Also, just like the shepherds, we should also go about “glorifying and praising God for all the things” which we have heard and seen (Luke 2:20). 

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

Originally written by Martin Luther and then later translated by Catherine Winkworth, this short hymn reflects back on the amazing proclamation of the angel to the shepherds, declaring the birth of the Savior (Luke 2:9-12). 

Just like the last song, Martin Luther compares the shepherds’ journey to our own journey in seeking Christ Jesus.

“Ah! Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee”

In another hymn translated by Catherine Winkworth, the great hymnist Paul Gerhardt ponders on the love which caused God to send His Son to earth. One of the most important aspects of this masterpiece is that it focuses on the complete fallenness of mankind and yet how God “thirsted” for our salvation, allowing us to “secure our heritage in Heaven” despite how unworthy we are of it.

Although some of these songs may not get your foot tapping the same way “Jingle Bell Rock” does, they all hold the possibility of beginning impactful conversations with your children regarding the depth of the lyrics which they possess. Start thinking about what songs you’d like for your family to hear this Advent and the ways in which those songs can deepen their, and your, walk with Jesus!

St. Paul Lutheran School is a private Christian school in Northville, Michigan. We have over sixty years of experience developing children into wise adults and Godly leaders. Every teacher also acts as a mentor, helping to develop each individual student both academically and spiritually! 

If you have any questions about Advent and how our school celebrates the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, feel free to contact our office for more information!