favorite Christmas songs


#1

Since I will not be going to malls, and will avoid any other shopping experience I can until December 26 because I am already tired of the incessant piped in Christmas music and chintzy decorations, I will let you choose the Christmas songs for me. What is your favorite Christmas hymn, religious content, and also what is your favorite “secular” Christmas or holiday song?

Stille Nacht (auf Deutsch) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (as sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis)


#2

Oh my goodness - O Holy Night and Ave Maria make me cry! So they are at the top of my list, as is O Little Town of Bethlehem, the Amy Grant version.

Also, Do You Hear What I Hear? and Angles We Have Heard On High really move me. In fact, when the mood (or the hormones!) is right, basically any carol makes me weep like a baby!

For secular carols, I gotta give it up for Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and I agree with you, puzzle annie, on the Judy Garland version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Boy, what a voice on that woman!

Plus, all of The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky - marvelous!

I’m now going to start my Comcast Rhapsody and play Christmas music!
:whistle:


#3

Christmas Eve in Sarajevo / Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Little Drummer Boy (Especially sung by Bob Segar)

O Holy Night (Especially sung by Nat king Cole)

White Christmas / Bing Crosby

Silent Night ( I sung it at as lullaby to my daughter as a baby)


#4

I love this…

My favorite:

O Come All Ye Faithful… I love the verse, “O come let us adore him…” It gives me chills

Silent Night… It reminds me of my grandma.

O Holy Night…

Sola, I love the Nutcracker Suite too…

Silly ones

Frosty the Snowman…


#5

Religious:

O, Holy Night
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
The First Noel
O Come All Ye Faithful
The Sussex Carol

Secular:

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…)- Nat King Cole
White Christmas- Bing Crosby
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

The Cambridge Singers (directed by John Rutter) have some fantastic Christmas CDs- mostly traditional hymns/carols from various nations and the Church. “Christmas with the Cambridge Singers” is my favorite. I also have a couple of CDs by the Choir of King’s College: “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”, and “Noel: Christmas at King’s”. Good stuff.


#6

O Holy Knight by Nat King Cole

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas - I don’t know why but this song always gives me goosebumps!

Also, my all time favorite Christmas album is the Carpender’s Christmas. Holy cow, that album is sweet.


#7

[quote=rayne89]Christmas Eve in Sarajevo / Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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They are awesome! I like Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Partly because I like the words and partly because when I hear it I can still hear - in my head- my dad singing it in church. My dad is still alive but stopped going to Mass when I was about 8. The only time in recent years he’s been to Mass has been for my kids’ sacraments.

—KCT


#8

Religious: Sleep Little Baby Sleep

Secular: Hardrock, Coco, and Joe


#9

Religious:

O Holy Night
O Come All Ye Faithful…love it in Latin "Adeste Fidelis"
Away in A Manger
Silent Night

Secular:
Christmas Song (Chestnuts…)
I’ll be Home For Christmas
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
White Christmas
Drummer Boy
Jingle Bell Rock


#10

In the Bleak Midwinter

Little Drummer Boy (Perry Como)

The Christmas Waltz (Sinatra)

Faith of our Fathers (Bing Crosby)

Silver Bells (Bing Crosby?)

Away in the Manger (Andy Griffith)

Christmas Time is Here (Vince Guaraldi)

A Wonderful Christmas Time (Paul Mc Cartney?)

The Twelve Days of Brass (Canadian Brass?)

I Wonder as I Wander

Santa Baby

Pretty Little Dolly (Mona Abboud)

Silent Night/Night of Silence


#11

*Rockin’ Christmas

Sleigh Ride*


#12

Oh Holy Night

Oh, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel

White Christmas


#13

If you want to hear a powerful version of O Holy Night, listen to the Pavarotti version in French. It will ruin any other version for you.

Secular: A Wonderful Christmas Time–Paul McCartney
Feliz Navidad–Jose Feliciano


#14

Every year I seem to gravitate towards a particular Christmas song as the season draws near to Christmas.

My past favorites were:
2003 Do You Hear What I Hear
2002 We Three Kings
2001 O Come O Come Emmanuel
2000 Silent Night
1999 O Holy Night

My all time favorite Is O Holy Night.

Secular
You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Heat Miser, Snow Miser song…"Year WIthout a Santa Claus"
Twelve Days of Christmas with John Denver and the Muppets
Frosty the Snowman by Red Foley
Mary Did You Know by Kathy Mattea
Carol of the Bells by Manheim Steamroller

Merry Christmas!
Edwin


#15

Oh Holy Night is my all time favorite. I get shivers when they sing “fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices”.
I also LOVE Mary Did You Know:
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is Heaven’s perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is The Great I Am.


#16

I love the traditional songs. I can do without the generic songs that leave Jesus out as well as the materialist attitude that Christmas is all about $.

God Bless


#17

[quote=Deacon Tony560]… as well as the materialist attitude that Christmas is all about $.

God Bless
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Oh, that reminds me… the famous satire Green Christmas.

Then, of course, Porky Pig singing Blue Christmas is hilarious!


#18

Oh Come oh Come Emmanuel (so haunting and beautiful)

Oh Holy Night

Good King Wenceslaus

Secular
Little Drummer Boy

The Christmas Song


#19

[quote=First of 9]If you want to hear a powerful version of O Holy Night, listen to the Pavarotti version in French. It will ruin any other version for you.

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My preferred version of O Holy Night is by Andy Williams - is that corny or what? But, the dude can put the heart into that song.

My pick for Ave Maria is by Stevie Wonder.

I don’t know the song Mary, Did You Know?, so I’ll have to look for it this year.


#20

I love almost all Christmas carols because i love Christmas. Two songs that really stand out are Silent Night and Away in a Manger. They have to be my two all time favorite carols. For secular carols, “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. I am not sure if that is the correct title but. . . . . . .


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