Saturday, December 19, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Blog Caroling!!!

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

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

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

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

2)  Share your favorite Christms carol or holiday  song in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment and link here to your post.

3)  For extra credit, post an audio or video of the carol or song (almost all are on 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:

Mine is still "Angels we Have Heard On High" - maybe because of the Latin in it? Or because I can sing it in J-sharp and no one notices because of the joy it brings everyone else? Most likely because Linda collects angels and is referred to as Angel Linda by friends. The rumor that the first angel she collected was me is untrue.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear?
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see Him
whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.


Musicologists have decided that this anonymous French tune was probably created around the eighteenth century. Some legends place its origin as as early as the second century.

Traditional French Carol

Words: Tra­di­tion­al French car­ol (Les Anges dans nos Cam­pagnes).Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by James Chad­wick (1813-1882); ap­peared in Crown of Jesus, 1862.

Music: “Gloria (Barnes),” French carol melody; ar­ranged by Ed­ward S. Barnes.

Recorded/Performed: Andy Williams - 1970

Also recorded by: Tennessee Ernie Ford; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Tommy Greer; Clancey Brothers; Scarlet Rivera; Eric Rigler; Madeline McNeil; Sandi Patty; Nat King Cole; Lorie Line; Connie Brown; Scott Miller; Vienna Boys Choir; Percy Faith; Collin Raye; Frankie Gavin; Texas Boys Choir; Mel Weston; Donny Osmond.

Other favorite songs (all link to a YouTube video):

*  Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer  - a funny song

* The Christmas Song - a really old beautiful song

*  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - an older rock song

All I Want For Christmas Is You - a newer rock song

Christmas Eve in San Diego - a home town song! (thanks, EC Karen)

This was a special hour for me - listening to and watching Christmas songs - from reverent to funny.  I look forward to hearing what you like in Christmas and holiday music.


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Greenhill39 said...

Our family Christmas album included Grandfather Kringle and I don't think I have ever head it on the radio. We also had a couple of stuffed dolls that looked more like Kris Kringle than Santa Claus.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

My favorite part of the holiday is the music. Here is my post:

Merry Christmas, Randy & Linda!

Liz said...

Here's mine! Surprisingly for me, that was fun.

Janice M. Sellers said...

I loved this one, but I love music in general!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my link. I just like too many Christmas carols!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Randy and Linda, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Safe New Year.

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine - I'm a bit late with it this week.

littlesparrow001 said...

The Christmas Guest...

Nancy said...

I'm a lot late but here's a post about my favorite carol this year:
Thanks for hosting blog caroling this year, Randy. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

Lacie said...

I couldn't choose one, I love many songs. --> My post.