So far in 2023, 13 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Your donation:

Heaven's Christmas Tree

I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree

Author: Charles Albert Tindley
Published in 7 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree,
It was fixed in yon Bethlehem's stall.
The blessings of heaven for you and for me,
A Christmas present for all.

There is a package for me on that tree;
A precious token that someone loves me.
Oh yes, I can see on Calvary's Tree,
That there is a package for me.

2 There is one I behold in letters of gold,
It hangs on a limb near to, limb near to me.
'Tis labeled "salvation," and Jesus, I'm told,
Has bought that package for me. [Refrain]

3 There is one just above, it's title is love,
It is marked by a deep crimson, deep crimson stain.
For there it was tied by the Lord when He died,
And glory to His dear name. [Refrain]

4 Another I see, it must be for me,
The words "I will help you" I, help you I read.
While holding His hand, by faith I can stand,
And this is the package I need. [Refrain]

5 There are many, I'm sure, but just this one more
I speak of above all the, bove all rest.
It spells "happy home" with God near the throne,
A place where the weary shall rest. [Refrain]

Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #270

Author: Charles Albert Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree
Title: Heaven's Christmas Tree
Author: Charles Albert Tindley
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: There is a package for me on that tree
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 7 of 7)
TextPage Scan

African American Heritage Hymnal #205

Beams of Heaven #38


Global Praise 3 #124

TextPage Scan

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #257

TextPage Scan

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #270

TextPage Scan

Total Praise #205

TextPage Scan

Zion still Sings #61

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us