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Old November 30th, 2005, 04:43 AM   #1
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LOL Favorite Christmas Hymn/ Song

Mine are O Holy Night (had a solo performance in high school chorus concert), Grandma got Run over by a Reindeer, and I'm Gettin Nothin' for Christmas

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Old November 30th, 2005, 05:19 AM   #2
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I like Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney, Christmas Wrapping by Waitresses to name but 2
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Old November 30th, 2005, 07:24 AM   #3
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Has got to be "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams...
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:25 AM   #4
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Night of Silence (not Silent Night)
Carol of the Bells
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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:48 PM   #5
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Asking me to pick one favorite would be an impossible task. Instead I'm going to make my answer what I was going to do in a separate thread which is list the favorite Christmas CDs I always play at this time of year by artists.

#1. John Rutter/Cambridge Singers. John Rutter has written some of the most beautifully moving choral Christmas songs of the last half century that as performed by the Cambridge Singers always sends a chill through me. "Star Carol" and "Jesus Child" in particular. The CD "Christmas Day In The Morning" features these original compositions and some lesser known choral Christmas works while "Carols For The Chrismas Season" features more traditional carols.

#2. Julie Andrews. She has the most angelic singing voice when it comes to Christmas music. She's done three Christmas albums that always get extensive play from me. Sadly, since her singing voice was ruined a few years ago by a botched operation, we'll never hear her sing that good again.

#3. Canadian Brass. The premiere brass group in the world has done several Christmas CDs, some more serious in tone (such as their pairing with the St. Patrick's Cathedral) and others that are more lighthearted in vein (like "A Canadian Brass Christmas" with whimsical versions of popular fare like "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty The Snowman")

#4. Charlie Brown Christmas. The greatest animated Christmas special ever spawned an equally magnificent soundtrack spotlighting the magnificent Vince Guaraldi.

#5. John Williams/Boston Pops Christmas CD.

Christmas is the time when there are so many rich opportunities to hear the sound of the holiday and its meaning expressed in music. I never tire of it.
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#2. Julie Andrews. She has the most angelic singing voice when it comes to Christmas music. She's done three Christmas albums that always get extensive play from me. Sadly, since her singing voice was ruined a few years ago by a botched operation, we'll never hear her sing that good again.

Christmas is the time when there are so many rich opportunities to hear the sound of the holiday and its meaning expressed in music. I never tire of it.
I'm so glad you mentioned this, Eric. Although it never started out as my favorite, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" won me over when I heard it sung by Julie Andrews. To coin your phrase, absolutely "angelic".



Also on my list are "What Child is This?", "O Come All Ye Faithful", as well as "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (including the version by Bruce Springsteen), "Holly, Jolly Christmas", "Frosty the Snowman", "Deck the Halls" .... oh, I might as well say all of them !!



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Old November 30th, 2005, 11:45 PM   #7
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There are so many and it's really a shame that you only hear them at Christmas.
Maybe we'd be better off if we heard them more often then just once a year..perhaps we'd keep the spirit all year long..anyway..

1..I'll Be Home For Christmas

2...White Christmas

3...Any of Kenny G's ..James Galway..or R. Carlos Nakai Christmas albums
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I'm so glad you mentioned this, Eric. Although it never started out as my favorite, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" won me over when I heard it sung by Julie Andrews. To coin your phrase, absolutely "angelic".
I heard a rousing version of that same tune, by a university choir.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 03:58 AM   #9
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Twelve Days of Christmas

Sheer versatility
It can be sung in a variety of ways, by people of average ability, everyone knows the words, clever people can substitue them, and we've even done a Christmas Dinner on the theme.

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Old December 1st, 2005, 06:02 AM   #10
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I also like O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silver Bells and O Come All Ye Faithful and What Child is This?
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Old December 1st, 2005, 11:28 AM   #11
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My favourite Xmas song is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl.

I also really like Happy Christmas(War is Over) By John Lennon.
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I too love Fairytale of New York
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Old December 1st, 2005, 06:07 PM   #13
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I love I'm dreaming of a White Christmas..........

and Hymn would be Silent night
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Old December 1st, 2005, 09:34 PM   #14
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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Twelve Dalmations Drumming

Eleven Spaniels Sleeping

Ten Magnificent Mutts

Nine Poodles Prancing

Eight Rottweilers Ringing

Seven Labs a Leaping

Six German Shepards

Five Golden Retrievers

Four Beagles Begging

Three Dachshunds Dashing

Two Terriers Toasting

and a Pomeranian in a Pear Tree


Let's face it..I've gone to the dogs...
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O Holy Night
What Child is this?
Do you hear what I hear?

ones I love to sing: O Come, Oh come, Emmanuel and Angels we have Heard on High (the one with the Gloooorrria chorus) and Amy Grants (now 20 yr old :shock: ) update of Little town of Bethlehem.

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Winter Wonderland the Stryper version...it soooo rocks.
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Old December 2nd, 2005, 12:37 PM   #17
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LOL

here's the lyrics to anothe favorite of mine by Jeff Foxworthy:


Redneck 12 days of Christmas

Wow, somebody done been to the WalMart!
(Jeff) Man, this is the stuff I got for Christmas.
Well you cleaned up! Whadya git?

Five flannel shirts
Four big mud tires
Three shotgun shells
Two hunting dogs
... And some parts to a Mustang GT.

Hey Bubba, you got gypped -- there's 12 days to Christmas.
(Jeff) I know that, I got it covered. Look over in the corner.
That's yours too?
Yea!

Chorus:
Twelve-pack of Bud
Eleven Wrastling tickets
Ten o' Copenhagen
Nine years probation
Eight table dancers
Seven packs of Redman
Six cans of Spam
Five flannel shirts
Four big mud tires
Three shotgun shells
Two hunting dogs
... And some parts to a Mustang GT.

Man, this ain't normal Christmas presents!
No, they're redneck gifts!
Redneck gifts?
Yea, you know, like
if you buy your wife earrings that double as fishing lures.
Or, if you can burp the entire chorus of "Jingle Bells"
Perhaps if you think "The Nutcracker" is something you did off a high-dive.
Or, if you've ever misspelled something in Christmas lights.
Or, if you leave cold beer and pickled eggs for Santa Claus.

What's wrong with that?
I didn't say anything wrong with it...
It's hard to beat...

Chorus:
Twelve-pack of Bud
Eleven Wrastling tickets
Ten o' Copenhagen
Nine years probation
Eight table dancers
Seven packs of Redman
Six cans of Spam
Five flannel shirts
Four big mud tires
Three shotgun shells
Two hunting dogs
... And some parts to a Mustang GT.

Well, you can't really consider it a Christmas
'less you go down to the penitentiary and visit your mama.

You're not listenin' to me!
Get the car key outta your ear.
That's where the nine years probation comes in...
I'm gonna do it for ya again.
Now listen...

Chorus:
Twelve-pack of Bud
Eleven Wrastling tickets
Ten o' Copenhagen
Nine years probation
Eight table dancers
Seven packs of Redman
Six cans of Spam
Five flannel shirts
Four big mud tires
Three shotgun shells
Two hunting dogs
... And some parts to a Mustang GT.

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Old December 10th, 2005, 04:49 PM   #18
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Oops, I'm gonna show my age now!

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard)

Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord (Boney M)

The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth (Bing Crosby / David Bowie)

Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney & Wings)

Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon & Yoko Ono)

Christmas Medley (Salsoul Orchestra)...
Joy To The World
Deck The Halls
O Come All Ye Faithful
Jingle Bells
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Christmas Song
White Christmas
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Winter Wonderland
The First Noel
We Wish You A Merry Christmas

This last one is particularly.... erm..... groovy....

Boogie!

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Hi,

One of my most favorite Christmas songs is the instrumental that radio stations play frequently at Christmas time. A lot of people are familiar with the song, but do not know the name of the artist or the title of the song.

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental) by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Scroll down to the "Listen to Samples" section at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002JX6/

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I also adore a very hard to find hymn called "Coventry Carol". I learned this hymn when I was in chorus in high school. I had been looking for it for years after that and last year I had the good fortune to find it on a CD.
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I also adore a very hard to find hymn called "Coventry Carol". I learned this hymn when I was in chorus in high school. I had been looking for it for years after that and last year I had the good fortune to find it on a CD.
The version of it I have is on Loreena McKennits 1995 mini CD "A Winter Garden" and is the 15th century lyrics from the Pageant of the Shearmen and Taylors (Trad Mystery Play) It is from a live perfomance she did on Califormian radio in 1994

The CD has 5 songs only on it, Coventry Carol, God Rest ye ,Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wecelas, Snow, and Seeds of Love. Definate favourite at Midwinter, or at Christmas.

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Good King Wencelas (Did I spell that right?)
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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
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