A Holiday Playlist

posted by Sharon December 20, 2013 15 Comments

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Are you like me? I couldn’t choose just one. Music of this season moves me. Here are 5 out of the dozens that I love.

1. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. I picked up the mistaken idea that this song addresses merry gentlemen. But it is really a wish that people “rest merry.” Rest and be joyful. At the same time. My favorite line is the chorus: “Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.” Sometimes comfort is much needed before we can work through to the joy. This year has been full of those days in my family. Comfort and joy, comfort and joy.

2. The Little Drummer Boy. A poor boy has nothing to give the baby Jesus. So he plays a song on his drum. And the baby smiles at him. I like the message that we all have something to give. And true giving may have nothing to do with a price tag.

3. I’ll Be Home for Christmas. This song gets me every time. A lovely picture of home includes toys and presents and snow and mistletoe. Then at the end comes the zinger: I’ll be home for Christmas . . . if only in my dreams. Oh, the longing, the yearning. We all have things we long for, don’t we? We can see the dream so clearly but we can’t quite get there. This song carries that poignant feeling we all can relate to and wraps it up in beautiful music.

4. All Is Well. This one is not a well known carol, but I listen to this one over and over every year. For me, the words perfectly express the meaning of Christmas:

All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light

If you don’t know this song, you can listen to it here. Enjoy!

5. Silent Night. Every year at the church I grew up in, we would close the Christmas service each holding a candle, singing Silent Night. Candlelight, the soaring melody, a song of a baby and peace on earth. I never tire of this one.

So how about you? What are you listening to this season?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday.

 

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15 Comments

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Veronica Roth December 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi Sharon, I’m with you on the Christmas songs. Do some bring you to tears? That happens with me. My all time favourites are Oh Holy Night and Ave Maria. Also, because I always went to see The Messiah with my father, Handel makes me very emotional. It’s all so beautiful. 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely and tranquil holiday season. 🙂

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dianecayton December 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

Love the old songs as well as some of the newer contemporary Christmas songs. Sometimes I get all choked up just listening and can barely sing the words.

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Beth December 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

my fav – is O Holy Night. i love the Christmas bells. i think they are bells? pretty glow. ( :

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Snap December 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Wonderful post. I love Christmas music. O Come O Come Emanuel, Mary Did You Know, Little Drummer Boy are my top 3. I think in 2014, I’ll get the Christmas music out more often — for a little lift!

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal December 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

There are so many good ones from which to choose — but Silent Night always gives me chills…

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Robyn December 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I like your first picture, Sharon! I have not officially started listening to Christmas Music. If there is a traditional song I enjoy I listen.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin December 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Love silent night!

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Karen, Pixel Posts December 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Beautiful photos, is that your tree? My favourite is “Angels We Have Heard On High”.

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Amy December 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Fun post! I love O’ Holy Night, and get very sentimental hearing O Come All Ye Faithful in Latin (how my grandfather sang it). I’ve got to say for fun songs I do love Baby it’s Cold Outside.

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augcott December 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hi Sharon, I especially love “Silent Night”. As my sister took her last breath on Christmas night, that song played.
Then I love “Carol of The Bells”.
Merry Christmas to you!
diane @ aug’s blog

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Buttons December 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Merry Christmas this colourful beautiful post with the songs made my day. I love Silent Night. B

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Mama Zen December 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman is my favorite, too!

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Jill of All Trades December 21, 2013 at 2:45 am

I just love Christmas music!

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nicki December 22, 2013 at 1:19 am

Can’t pick a favorite – from Silent Night to Sleigh Ride.

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a spirit of simplicity December 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm

my favorite is Have yourself a merry little christmas…through the years we all will be together and next year all our troubles will be out of sight…love those lyrics. Also, Ave Maria reminds me of my grandmother and i used to sing silent night as a lullaby to my daughters.

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