I’ve had about all of “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” I can stomach. Who has actually roasted a chestnut on an open fire? Bah Humbug to all of it. The 24/7 Christmas radio, canned restaurant and mall music has pretty much killed any festive joy in the 10 songs they play….over and over and over AND OVER! My ears are bleeding. Soooooo, I just have to counter all that with some real Christmas music…..they’re called carols and hymns!! Enjoy!
Yes, Virginia….there is more Christmas music! Written originally as a poem, “Cantique de Noel” and set to music for French church services in 1847. According to history, the first spoken words broadcast were from the Gospel of Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ and followed by this song.
Here’s another one I haven’t heard over the airwaves. “Once in Royal David’s City”. It’s a lovely, lovely melody and I honestly didn’t know of this song until a couple years ago.
He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.
Thank you Andy, Johnny, Amy, and Vince … It IS a wonderful time of year. In fact, it is time to celebrate “The Birthday of a King” !!!
Some carols take a little digging to find, but these high school kids did beautifully with Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly ….
OhOhOh! This one is pretty, too!
This is a good one to end the day with.
The boys’ school choir sang this arranged with Silent Night and it was superb! (Not that I’m partial – ahem). “Still, Still, Still”. Sweet dreams ya’ll.
Starting my protest early today. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” was much easier to find, but this video has cello.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Cello, lots of cello.
Not a Christmas song, per se, but it beautifully praises Jesus. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” Thank you, Mr. Bach!
Guess what time it is. Time for another Christmas carol! There are so many pretty instrumental versions of this ancient melody, but this one had the words. “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”. “Christ was born to save.”