Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Blog Caroling!!!

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Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  I love this time of year - and hearing and singing Christmas carols and songs is my favorite pastime. 

So it's Saturday Night again, so let's have some Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Identify your absolute favorite Christmas Carol or Holiday song. 

2)  Share your favorite carol or song in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post or Google Plus stream post. 

3)  For extra credit, post an audio or video of the carol or song (almost all are on www.YouTube.com) and the words to the song.  Add the background of the song, and the artists if you can find them.

4)  Enjoy the memories and feelings that the carol or song brings to your heart and mind, and share them too!

Here's mine:

Well, I'll post my absolute favorite in a separate blog post.  My candidates:

1)  Angels We Have Heard on High - a beautiful carol

2)  Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer  - a funny song

3)  The Christmas Song - a contemporary song

4)  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - an old rock song

I had fun just trying to pick these...there are some funny, sexy and crude Christmas songs out there!

10 comments:

Caroline Gurney said...

I discovered this song for the first time just 2 days ago: http://goo.gl/tVHym. I love it already and it is going to be my theme tune for Christmas 2011. All the more beautiful because the pianist was 90 at the time and the singer has been quadriplegic and in a wheelchair since the age of 17. Yet in the video both are filled with the radiant joy of what Christmas means to them.

Jenny Jones said...

My favorite has to be "Jingle Bell Rock." I like the original by Bobby Helms.

There's a lyric in the song that says "giddy up jingle horse, kick up your feet..." Well, for some silly reason, my sister and I, at that line, would lift out arms about half-way, with hands down, to somewhat recreate what I guess we thought looked like a horse rearing on hind legs.
Now, probably 20 years later, we STILL do that silly move, every time we are together and hear that song. It's our silly sister thing, and even my husband will do the "jingle horse" move if we're all together!

Lisa Suzanne Gorrell said...

My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night." It was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 based on a French poem "Minuit, chr├ętiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau. The version we sing today was written by an Unitarian minister named John Sullivan Dwight. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Holy_Night)has lots of links to versions of this song. It is a hard one to sing, but very beautiful to listen to. Christmas Canon is a strong runner-up.

Jean said...

Thanks for tonight's nudge on blog caroling. I've posted my favorite as Children Go Where I Send Thee.

Denise Spurlock said...

My favorite is "What Child Is This?" Listen to the Moody Blue's rendition on my blog at:

http://reflectingongenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-caroling-with-footnotemaven.html

Celia said...

I remember getting goose bumps all over in 1955 (I was 12) when I first heard my favourite carol: The Huron Carol, written in the 1640s, and English words translated/added in 1926. Love it. Simply love it. So simple and peaceful - you can see the cold night and nativity scene through the Huron eyes. For more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huron_Carol

Lisa said...

Thanks for the Saturday night fun. My favorite is "O Holy Night" which I've written about here:
http://www.1ancestry2littletime.com/2011/12/10/a-blog-caroling-we-go/#axzz1gBpban7w

Cinamon Collins said...

One of my favorites would be "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg. My blog is http://misadventuresofagenealogist.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-caroling-saturday-night-genealogy.html.

Thanks for the fun Randy!

okielois said...

I Wonder As I Wander.

It's American, supposed to have originated in Appalachia. Here's a youtube link. There are others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywQaYDwk0Gw&feature=related

Words to 1st verse:
I wonder as I wander
out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior
did come for to die.
For poor on'ry people
like you and like I.
I wonder as I wander
out under the sky.

Wendy said...

I'm singing "Mary, Did You Know?" Come on over to Jollett Etc.
http://jollettetc.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-caroling-mary-did-you-know.html