In 1745, Charles Wesley published a small collection of 'Hymns on the Nativity of our Lord and New Year's Day'. The work contained 18 hymns which related to the Christmas period. It stood in the tradition of liturgical hymnody which celebrates the seasons and festivals of the church calendar.
The work was popular and went through many editions during Charles Wesley's lifetime and afterwards. This edition dates to 1793 and was marked for sale specifically at the 'Chapel, City Road, and at Methodist Preaching Houses in Town, and Country'.