I admit, I feel pretty cool when I sing Christmas carols in other languages – like I’ve accomplished something! “Adeste Fideles” is one of my favorites and not just because it’s in Latin.
The origin of the song is unclear. The text may have been written by King John IV of Portugal, St. Bonaventure, or even an order of monks. The music has been attributed to John Francis Wade, an English composer.
My model for “Adeste Fideles” is definitely Nat King Cole. Here’s a video that sets his version of the song to pictures. Thanks, YouTube!