Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.
A small selection of hymns that are still be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).
lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
Seasonal NoteThere is an option to use the Year A readings on this feast - see Hymn suggestions for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Year A.
Most communities have a familiar repertoire of public domain Christmas music, so at this time choosing free-to-use hymns is simple. The list below doesn't include all well known Christmas carols, just the ones that are a particularly good fit with the lectionary themes for this feast.
Psalm: 83 - They are happy who dwell in your house O Lord / How lovely is your dwelling place / O Lord of Hosts hear my prayer
Second: I John - We are the children of God, we keep his commandments to believe in Jesus Christ and to love one another
Gospel: Luke - Jesus is accidentally left behind in the Temple - he recognizes it is his Father's house - and he grows in wisdom
ThemesLove - family - Jesus is God incarnate, fulfilling the prophecies of in the Old Testament
Suggested free-use hymnsA New Commandment
For the Beauty of the Earth
God is Love, His the Care
In His Temple Now Behold Him
Jesus my Lord my God my All
Love Came Down at Christmas
Of the Father's Love Begotten
Once in Royal David's City
Unto us a Boy is Born
Virgin Born we Bow Before Thee
What Child is This
Suggested hymns which may still be copyrightBlest are Those who Love You - Haugen
God's Holy Family - Schiavone
How Happy You Who Fear he Lord - Westendorf
Our God Dwells in His Holy Place - Webber and Tietze
Our Saviour's Infant Cries were Heard - Troeger
Sing of Mary Pure and Lowly - Palmer
Suggestions about other hymns that could be included are welcome: either leave a comment below, or email editor@LiturgyTools.net