MemberNovember 20, 2020 at 3:23 am
The Advent season is quickly approaching, and while I wish we would save Christmas music for 12/25 and the following eleven days, I realize that’s a pretty tall order. In this case since I can’t beat’em, I’ll join’em. So without further ado, what’s y’all’s favorite Christmas music? Serious and silly answers are both welcome(i.e. I have a Christmas playlist that includes Hymns, classics, and even the 98 Degrees Christmas album, haha).
MemberNovember 20, 2020 at 3:32 am
P.S. If anyone is interested my Christmas Playlist(titled Christmas Music) is public on Spotify on the profile BlondeBeard(profile pic is a drawing of a blue songbird).
AnonymousDeleted UserNovember 20, 2020 at 4:21 am
I’m afraid I haven’t been on Spotify in a few years, so I find that I can’t seem to navigate it at the moment. But I would have to disagree about the timing of Christmas music even if I am in the minority – if every Sunday is Resurrection Day, we can surely celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ any day of the year!! 🙂 No more let sin and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground – He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found! (from Isaac Watts’ wonderful paraphrase of Psalm 98, which we know simply as “Joy to the World”).
Carol of the Bells – both the traditional choral/symphonic version, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s fabulous Christmas Eve Sarajevo-12/24. Their Ghosts of Christmas Eve DVD tells a nice musical story about a runaway girl needing to be returned home – I have enjoyed TSO’s Christmas work and storytelling quite a bit over the years. They do a really good job of expressing the really hard stuff of life, and there seems to be a longing for that which only God can provide (which they do not have). Their March of Kings/Hark the Herald Angels Sing from the Christmas Attic album is impressive guitar work (as is much of their stuff). Good King Joy (from Christmas Eve and Other Stories) is probably my favorite of their vocal Christmas music.
As a member of choir and congregation, I really enjoy singing Angels We Have Heard on High; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; the Hallelujah Chorus; and Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.
You gotta love the lyrics to Good King Wenceslas: “Bring me flesh and bring me wine…”
MemberNovember 20, 2020 at 4:48 am
You mentioned a few that I’m not sure if I’m familiar with, I’ll have to look into them. I appreciate that you included the Hallelujah Chorus, hearing Handel’s Messiah performed live by the Jacksonville Symphony last year was actually instrumental(pun intended) in my deciding on my preferences on when I’d like to sing Christmas music. Since it begins with songs about the advent of Christ, continues to His birth and on through His life, death, burial, resurrection, ascendancy, and reign over heaven and earth I began to see the intent of separating the celebrations of Advent and Christmas. The idea is that throughout the month of December the anticipation Christ’s coming is re-lived and culminates with Christmas Eve. Then the next twelve days are a giant party celebrating the glory of Christ’s birth, it ends one year and begins the next showing that Christ is King of both(If we celebrated like this, I know for my part I’d be a lot less likely to despair as New Year’s approached, and my birthday seeing that it’s the 29th).
But anyway, I love the Hallelujah Chorus and the rest of Messiah. When my younger brother and I went to that performance of it last year everyone stood during the Hallelujah Chorus as is tradition, but at the end of the song(and at a secular performance mind you) my brother clapped loudly and shouted at the top of his voice, “Amen!”. I’m pretty sure I saw one of the soprano soloists start to tear up, I had never been more proud to claim him as my bro. I hope if you haven’t you’ll take the time to listen to Handel’s Messiah in its entirety(be sure to have the lyrics pulled up), it’s good for the heart.
And for the record…I am listening to my previously mentioned Christmas playlist at this very moment, haha =D
AnonymousDeleted UserNovember 20, 2020 at 5:03 am
Indeed, while I have not sung the Messiah in its entirety (my brother has), I do have it on vinyl, digital, and DVD 🙂 It was always my dad’s favorite as well, especially “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth”. I remember my soprano part of Hallelujah Chorus ever since singing it in my high school mixed chorus (probably) before you were born, and more recently have also sung “And the Glory of the Lord” in our church choir. One of my personal favorites from the Messiah is “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion”. The way that whole score was composed in only three weeks is just amazing to me. I have a theory that it is intended that way, and that when the reality of Revelation 11:15 comes to its fullness, it will be as Handel wrote it….sung in every tongue from every tribe and every nation.
MemberNovember 20, 2020 at 5:10 am
I wish I could be part of singing the whole thing one day, it’s by far some of my favorite music all told. So much the better that we /do/ know that our redeemer liveth, and that Redeemer sang about has come and will come again! Amen!!
P.S. having it on vinyl would be amazing
AnonymousDeleted UserNovember 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Thrift shops have it on vinyl 🙂 Got mine for $10.
MemberNovember 21, 2020 at 3:21 am
Thank you, I’ll have to keep a lookout.
MemberNovember 21, 2020 at 5:15 pm
It varies each year when I decide to listen to Christmas music, but like JoyPres said, the joy we have of knowing Christ is coming back again should reign in us all year round. 🙂
Some of my favorite songs:
O Holy Night
The Christmas Can-Can by Straight No Chaser
Third Day’s Christmas Offerings Collection CD
Smooth Jazz Christmas CD
Home Alone Soundtrack – It has some pretty good Christmas music.
I like a wide range of Christmas music. 🙂 I’m also on Spotify, so I’ll try to find you on there.
AnonymousDeleted UserNovember 23, 2020 at 1:35 am
Smooth Jazz Christmas! Yes! I found an 8 hour ambience video on YouTube for background music while working, “Cozy Christmas Coffee Shop.” One of many similar videos floating around.
MemberNovember 23, 2020 at 3:41 am
I am a “Christmas music all year” kind of girl, for sure and keep my favorite Messiah recording on my phone for easy access at all times. Sadly, it has been several years since I’ve been able to perform it with a choir and my hopes of doing so this Christmas season have been dashed by the Covid. Of course, that just means my roommates get treated to their own private concert of all the soprano parts.
In addition to the Messiah, I’ve found that the Sovereign Grace Music Christmas albums are consistently rich both theologically and musically. Their new album has given me one of my current favorites, “Oh Come All You Unfaithful.” It is well worth a listen. I’m also a huge fan of Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb” album – so much fun, especially “Matthew’s Begats.” Of course, there is little that beats the congregational singing of “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery,” “Glorious Impossible,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” or dozens of other classics.
MemberNovember 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm
I love Christmas hymns year-round:
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
What Child Is This
Once in Royal David’s City
See Amid the Winter’s Snow
Noel Nouvelet (Anuna does my favorite version)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Jars of Clay does my favorite version)
But I do enjoy other more secular songs as well. I love Enya’s “And Winter Came” album. Celtic Woman (and some of its former members) has done some beautiful song covers. I enjoy “The Nutcracker” every year. And, of course, there’s nothing like Michael Buble to get in the Christmas spirit.
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