Saturday, December 9, 2023

My Favorite Christmas Songs

 In years past (starting in about 2006 in Jasia's Carnival of Genealogy), the Geneabloggers had a Christmas Advent Calendar and one day of the calendar we would talk about our favorite Christmas carols and songs.

Mine haven't changed that much:

1)  When I was a boy, we sang the traditional carols at school - Joy to the World, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, The First Noel, Oh Come All Ye Faithful come to mind. So, as a child, I knew the tunes and the first stanza of each. 

These came in handy on Christmas Eve when we stayed at my grandparents house - she would come into the bedroom (no doubt my parents and grandfather were putting stuff together in the garage or living room) and we would sing together for quite a while before going to bed hoping that sugar plums would dance in our heads (a sugar plum? I'm sure I hoped for dreams of toys and fun things). I don't remember my parents singing Christmas carols, or popular Christmas songs, in the home.

2)  After I was married and the girls came along, our house was filled with Christmas carols because they were always practicing for the King's Kids performances in church. We would often sing some carols and popular songs just before bed with them.

As a parent, we went several times with our kids as part of the church couples group. We usually got a list of shut-in families from the church office and would go around singing to them. For years, there was a yearly Christmas Carol event on a Sunday before Christmas.  I usually sang without much gusto but with a smile, being Mr. J-Sharp.

3)  I think my favorite traditional Christmas carols are "Silent Night." "Hark the Herald, Angels Sing," and "Joy to the World." 

Of the newer carols, I love "Angels We Have Heard on High."

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

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)

5)  Here is a YouTube video of the Top 20 Christmas songs for 2024:

This was a special hour for me - listening to and watching Christmas songs - from reverent to funny.  Now I'm in the mood!  Amazon, here I come!  Only 16 more days to go!

What do you look forward to hearing this holiday season?


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Janice M. Sellers said...

I also love singing Christmas carols. My favorite Christmas songs are "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "The Little Drummer Boy." And my favorite Chanukah song is "Light One Candle."

Linda Stufflebean said...

I like your choices - except for poor Grandma and the reindeer collision. Poor Grandma! :)