In my last post my readers and I listed and debated which Christmas carols and songs we’d rather never hear again. We had a great time. But someone suggested that I give equal chance to list favorite Christmas carols and songs.
The 24-hour Christmas stations have been on in Milwaukee since before Thanksgiving. They mostly play the songs I listed in my last post. In other words, I try to avoid them as much as I possibly can.
If those radio stations played any of these songs and carols even every once in a while, I might listen to them:
- Where Shepherds Lately Knelt, words by Jaroslav Vajda; music by Carl Schalk (Incredible poetry paired with the perfect melody that takes one straight to the manger.)
- Of the Father’s Love Begotten (written in fourth century, and still one of the best expressions of the Divine Mystery; I savor it as we sing it each Christmas Day at our church.)
- Come Your Hearts and Voices Raising (Read the lyrics; they will change your heart…and Quem Pastores, to which it is set, is one of the most lovely Christmas melodies there is.)
- Once in Royal David’s City (A carol with which our congregation begins our annual Christmas Eve service; seldom used, under-appreciated, and glorious in its splendour. Click on the title to see it done at King’s College.)
- How Many Kings, by Downhere (An instant classic about the King of Creation stooping to a lowly manger.)
- Tennessee Christmas, by Amy Grant (A down home song that instantly reminds me of Christmases past; now that we have a child living in Tennessee, it means even more.)
- It’s Christmas Time, by Terry Scott Taylor and Steve Hindalong (On the City on a Hill Christmas CD; for the past several years it has been the CD we play on Christmas morning; this song is Christmas to me.)
- Behold the Lamb of God, the entire CD by Andrew Peterson (I once was in attendance when the whole thing was performed live, and it was truly one of the incredible experiences of my life. It’s new; it’s different; it’s fresh; it’s faithful. Listen to it from beginning to end. You will thank me.)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi Trio (The Christmas stations do play cuts off of this CD, but they are too few and far between. What’s Christmas without the Vince Guaraldi Trio and Linus telling to true story of Christmas?)
- Love Has Come, by Amy Grant (“…and I believe that angels sang that hope had begun, when the God of glory who was full of mercy sent His Son.”)