With carol singers lining up in shopping malls and many Christian schools getting Christmas nativity plays ready for their grand performance in front of proud parents, people all over the world are brushing up on the lyrics to their favorite Christmas carols.

One of our favorites has to be this beautiful Irish Christmas carol, "Wexford Carol."

Otherwise known as the "Enniscorthy Carol," after the town in Co Wexford where history tells us it was composed in the 12th century, the lyrics are based on the nativity of Jesus Christ and it is known as a traditional religious Christmas song throughout the country. 

Listen to "Wexford Carol" here with a beautiful rendition from Celtic Woman:

Wexford Carol lyrics:

Good people all, this Christmas time,

Consider well and bear in mind

What our good God for us has done

In sending his beloved son

With Mary holy we should pray,

To God with love this Christmas Day

In Bethlehem upon that morn,

There was a blessed Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide,

The noble Virgin and her guide

Were long time seeking up and down

To find a lodging in the town.

But mark right well what came to pass

From every door repelled, alas,

As was foretold, their refuge all

Was but a humble ox's stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep

Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep

To whom God's angel did appear

Which put the shepherds in great fear

Arise and go, the angels said

To Bethlehem, be not afraid

For there you'll find, this happy morn

A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind

The shepherds went the babe to find

And as God's angel had foretold

They did our Saviour Christ behold

Within a manger he was laid

And by his side a virgin maid

Attending on the Lord of Life

Who came on earth to end all strife.

There were three wise men from afar

Directed by a glorious star

And on they wandered night and day

Until they came where Jesus lay

And when they came unto that place

Where our beloved Messiah lay

They humbly cast them at his feet

With gifts of gold and incense sweet.