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.
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