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Favourite Christmas Songs
« on: December 08, 2012, 06:30:04 pm »
In response to the "Most Hated Christmas Songs" thread, are there any Christmas songs you actually like?

Some of my favourites are:
We Three Kings
Silent Night
In The Bleak Midwinter
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Holy Night
Carol of the Bells
The First Noel

I secretly look forward to the Christmas season so I can listen to certain holiday albums, especially Sarah Brightman's "A Winter Symphony", Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong", and David Archuleta's "Christmas from the Heart" (cheesy, but enjoyable).

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2012, 07:02:27 pm »
Quote from: Carnelian;83917
In response to the "Most Hated Christmas Songs" thread, are there any Christmas songs you actually like?


Plenty!

Good King Wenceslas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Holly and the Ivy
In the Bleak Midwinter
The Seven Rejoices of Mary
Un Flambeau Jeannette Isabelle
Noel Nouvelet
Coventry Carol
Gloucestershire Wassail
Adeste Fideles (only done by a decent full choir)
 
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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012, 08:01:14 pm »
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Plenty!

Good King Wenceslas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Holly and the Ivy
In the Bleak Midwinter
The Seven Rejoices of Mary
Un Flambeau Jeannette Isabelle
Noel Nouvelet
Coventry Carol
Gloucestershire Wassail
Adeste Fideles (only done by a decent full choir)
 
...I'm such a purist.

 
I love all the old medieval carols too. ;)

I also enjoy listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi.
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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2012, 08:31:59 pm »
Quote from: Carnelian;83917
In response to the "Most Hated Christmas Songs" thread, are there any Christmas songs you actually like?

Some of my favourites are:
We Three Kings
Silent Night
In The Bleak Midwinter
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Holy Night
Carol of the Bells
The First Noel

I secretly look forward to the Christmas season so I can listen to certain holiday albums, especially Sarah Brightman's "A Winter Symphony", Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong", and David Archuleta's "Christmas from the Heart" (cheesy, but enjoyable).

 
All of them! :D

Though "Sleigh Ride" by Johnny Mathis is my #1, and all of the old Christian/Jesus ones come in at a close 2nd. They're nostalgic and dammit, they have a compelling power to them that just brings me close to tears every time.

Haven't heard any of these medieval hymns/carols though..?

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2012, 12:21:52 am »
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I love all the old medieval carols too. ;)

I also enjoy listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi.

Yes to all of those and I'll see you a well-performed "Boar's Head Carol." (Our HS madrigal group did that my senior year and I fell in love with it. Haven't heard it performed anywhere since, either. Sad, that is.)

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2012, 01:23:02 am »
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Plenty!

Good King Wenceslas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Holly and the Ivy
In the Bleak Midwinter
The Seven Rejoices of Mary
Un Flambeau Jeannette Isabelle
Noel Nouvelet
Coventry Carol
Gloucestershire Wassail
Adeste Fideles (only done by a decent full choir)
 
...I'm such a purist.

 
I'm ever so fond of "Adeste Fideles"--we did it when I used to carol, and it just sounds so triumphant on "laeti triumphantes," and the thing the harmony does on "natum videte" makes me shiver, every year, when it's done right.

I like the old ones, too, and the ones that emphasize community and care for the poor, like "Good King Wenceslas."  "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is rollicking to sing.  I certainly have a strong preference for that stuff over the more recent, more commercial stuff.

For more modern stuff, I play at the least the Chieftains' cover of Jackson Browne's "The Rebel Jesus" every year, even if it's cheesy in places.  It's pretty, and it touches--firmly but forgivingly--on justice and class and hope and making the world better and recognizing that there's a long way to go.  The line about how those who interfere in the business of why the poor are poor "get the same as the rebel Jesus" gets me every time, and the bit at the end, where the singer identifies himself as "a heathen and a pagan on the side of the rebel Jesus," about sums me up, a lot of the time.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2012, 02:56:43 am »
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For more modern stuff, I play at the least the Chieftains' cover of Jackson Browne's "The Rebel Jesus" every year, even if it's cheesy in places.  It's pretty, and it touches--firmly but forgivingly--on justice and class and hope and making the world better and recognizing that there's a long way to go.  The line about how those who interfere in the business of why the poor are poor "get the same as the rebel Jesus" gets me every time, and the bit at the end, where the singer identifies himself as "a heathen and a pagan on the side of the rebel Jesus," about sums me up, a lot of the time.

(Politically, I'm in many ways best describable as a Christian Socialist, but without the Christianity--I'm very much influenced by that theological school, and by both Catholic and Muslim liberation theology, and while I am not and do not plan to be a Christian, I like to think I'd be shoulder to shoulder with someone like Jesus given the chance, and do justice work alongside Christians every day.  "A pagan on the side of the rebel Jesus" works nicely.)

 
I adore that song!

For a more guilty pleasure type of love, there's always 'christmas time; misteltoe and wine". Nice rythm and nice message of love.

Also the more i delve into the western tradition, the more i come to appreciate the christian songs - even if the meanings i see are perhaps not quite what the author intended.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2012, 04:25:16 am »
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In response to the "Most Hated Christmas Songs" thread, are there any Christmas songs you actually like?


Oh, lots! I love Christmas songs - as long as I can avoid them until about a week before Christmas (after which I massively overdose). I used to be a choirgirl, and choral music is still a big favourite of mine, with carols being associated with some lovely memories for me. At this time of year I listen to the Advent carols, like 'O Come O Come Emmanuel' - Enya's version is beautiful, and Tori Amos has a pretty version too. Advent and Hanukkah (my wife is Jewish) have become part of the 'waiting for light' season for me and incorporated into my general spiritual practice. has been summing up my approach to it this year.

I drive to my dad's on Christmas Eve, which is about a five hour drive, and I always have Classic FM on (a UK radio station) where they play some fantastic carols by great choirs. My favourite is 'Angels from the Realms of Glory'.

In 'silly songs' territory, I've just been listening to Emerald Rose's 'Santa Claus is Pagan Too' which always cheers me up in the pre-Christmas over-commercialised madness :)
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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2012, 06:05:07 am »
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Haven't heard any of these medieval hymns/carols though..?


Loreena McKennitt does some excellent renditions of most titles on my list on her A Midwinter Night's Dream album.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2012, 09:07:36 am »
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For more modern stuff, I play at the least the Chieftains' cover of Jackson Browne's "The Rebel Jesus" every year, even if it's cheesy in places.  It's pretty, and it touches--firmly but forgivingly--on justice and class and hope and making the world better and recognizing that there's a long way to go.  The line about how those who interfere in the business of why the poor are poor "get the same as the rebel Jesus" gets me every time, and the bit at the end, where the singer identifies himself as "a heathen and a pagan on the side of the rebel Jesus," about sums me up, a lot of the time.

 
This is one of my favorites as well, for the same reasons.  

My top pick is Love Spirals Downward's version of Welcome Christmas.  Yes, that's right, my favorite Christmas song was written by Dr. Seuss.  :p
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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2012, 11:10:14 am »
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This is one of my favorites as well, for the same reasons.  

My top pick is Love Spirals Downward's version of Welcome Christmas.  Yes, that's right, my favorite Christmas song was written by Dr. Seuss.  :p


My favourites:

The Little Drummer Boy
O Holy Night
Feliz Navidad (when people can pronounce the lyrics right, which is never in my household)
Where are You Christmas? - One of the few exceptions to my "no holiday songs by pop stars" rule
Carol of the Bells
My Only Wish This Year - I have no idea why I like a Britney Spears song about getting a man for Christmas. I hate myself.

I also like any Christmas song by the Animaniacs (especially "Noel") and find myself listening to Christmas tunes from South Park way too often.

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2012, 11:37:04 am »
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My Only Wish This Year - I have no idea why I like a Britney Spears song about getting a man for Christmas. I hate myself.

LOL! I like that one, too.

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My top pick is Love Spirals Downward's version of Welcome Christmas.  Yes, that's right, my favorite Christmas song was written by Dr. Seuss.  :p

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2012, 11:51:17 am »
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LOL! I like that one, too.

 
I Wonder as I Wander - I first heard this on one of Streisand's Christmas albums
White Christmas - Bing Crosby, of course!
The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth - Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Of the Father's Love Begotten - a plainchant piece that I've only ever heard at a church service (usually accompanied by handle bells; my mom's in a church choir)


For silliness, The Twelve Pains of Christmas and The Restroom Door Said Gentlemen

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2012, 12:21:12 pm »
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In response to the "Most Hated Christmas Songs" thread, are there any Christmas songs you actually like?

Some of my favourites are:
We Three Kings
Silent Night
In The Bleak Midwinter
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Holy Night
Carol of the Bells
The First Noel

I secretly look forward to the Christmas season so I can listen to certain holiday albums, especially Sarah Brightman's "A Winter Symphony", Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong", and David Archuleta's "Christmas from the Heart" (cheesy, but enjoyable).

 
Ukrainian folk Christmas songs. Always loved them, despite my... rather complicated feelings towards Christianity; and they bring back a lot of good childhood memories.

Some of my favorites:

, known to most of you as Carol of the Bells (yes, it used to be a Ukrainian folk chant, before it was popularized in USA in 20th century).

Nova radist' stala
(A new joy has come)
(A good evening to you), a modern rendition

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Re: Favourite Christmas Songs
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2012, 01:38:27 pm »
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In response to the "Most Hated Christmas Songs" thread, are there any Christmas songs you actually like?

 
Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells
Transiberian Orchestra - Carol of the Bells
Joan Jett - Little Drummer Boy
Annie Lennox - God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Not all the Christmas songs I like are modern, but for the older renditions I don't generally know who does the versions I like - I like most of them if they don't get overplayed.

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