Favorite Christmas Songs

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pistolenschutze, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. One of the things that ticks me off the most about this "politically correct" world we live in today is that the traditional music of the season is rarely heard in public anymore. When I was a kid, it was heard everywhere--in the malls, on the public streets (in the small town where I grew up), in church, and playing in the background of every retail store one entered. Today one is lucky to find a decent CD of traditional songs to play at home! It's sad, really, because I think the music gives a special life to the season, an ambiance that cannot be achieved any other way. Anyway, what are some of your favorites, both religiously oriented ones and just old-fashioned songs of the season? Here are some of mine.

    1. Silent Night (of course!) but especially the original German version.
    2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    3. White Christmas (but only with Bing Crosby singing it!)
    4. Hark the Hearld Angels Sing.
    5. The Carol of the Bells
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear (with Bing Crosby!)
    7. Ave Maria
    8. The Little Drummer Boy
  2. Marlin

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    My favorites are:

    Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming.
    O Holy Night
    Adeste Fidelis
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    The chesnuts song. I think its real name is a Christmas Song?
  4. Yup, that is the official name, Sat. "Chesnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your toes . . ." :D

    That reminds me, I haven't tasted a chesnut in years!!
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    Shooter, when we were kids, my Twin Brother and I (Yeah, you only know half of me. :D ) would sit in the floor at my Grannys house in front of the huge wooden record player in her living room and make her play The Little Drummer Boy over and over while singing to us, I was so privileged to have known her before sickness and medication totally changed her...There is no doubt that this is my favorite Christmas song as it brings back so many great memories of this wonderfull lady and how she doted on us as long as she could.

    Where ever I am when I happen to hear this song (And fortunately the local shops and even large grocers in my area do still play the old ones) I cant help but think back to a time that I'd give anything to go back to.

    Beautifull memories


    Crpdeth
  6. Yes, Crp, the memories are beautiful indeed. That's what I meant with my earlier comment about the music contributing so much to the season. When I was in high school we had a group called the Madrigal Singers of which I was a member. Every Christmas we would put together a presentation of traditional Christmas songs and perform it during the last assembly before Christmas vacation for the entire school. During the week before Christmas we "went on the road" with the act, so to speak, by caroling around the neighborhoods of the town where I grew up, with special emphasis on some of the neighborhoods with older folks, and also on the hospital. I have some wonderful memories indeed of that experience. For some, it was the only real taste of Christmas they received.
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    that is the reason I stopped watching so called Christmas specials on TV. all modern music that leaves Christ out of Christmas.
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    Even 'Tanenbaum' is beautifull to hear.

    But my favorite comes from my childhood, 'The Little Drummer Boy'.
  9. I like that one too, Berto, but it seems everytime I hear it, I can't help thinking about Maryland! :D
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    I love all the ones you listed, Pistol, as well as those the others have mentioned. Traditionally, I sing O Holy Night at church every year, and I get goose bumps every time from the feeling and emotion that come through the words and melody.

    Another of my favorites, while not an old "traditional" song, is Mary, Did You Know.
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    Check out the Christmas songs from Mannheim Steamroller. Use a good stereo and turn up the volume, you just might love it. I went to a concert in OKC a few years ago and it may be the best show I've been too.:)
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    My vote is for "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." Classic.

    Also enjoy... Christmas In Kilarney (Bing Crosby), Gloria! In Excelsis Deo!(Roger Whitaker), Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives), Put your biscuits in the oven, and get your buns in bed! (Sam Drucker and the Hooterville Five), The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole), The Miller Beer commercial music with the horse drawn sled, and just about anything Christmas song that Andy Williams sang (geez, is he a bag a bones these days!).

    Merry CHRISTmas!

    Pat Hurley
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    I like all the Christmas songs.
  14. I mentioned above that I like Silent Night, but especially if it is sung in the original German language version. This carol was actually Austrian and first sung in 1818.

    Below is the original German language version, and below it, is a literal English version of the song. Notice how that differs from the English version we commonly sing today, which is also given below.

    DEUTSCH

    Music: Franz Xaver Gruber, 1818
    Words: Joseph Mohr, 1816/1818

    Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
    Alles schläft; einsam wacht
    Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
    Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
    Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
    Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

    Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
    Hirten erst kundgemacht
    Durch der Engel Halleluja,
    Tönt es laut von fern und nah:
    Christ, der Retter ist da!
    Christ, der Retter ist da!

    Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
    Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
    Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
    Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.

    Christ, in deiner Geburt!
    Christ, in deiner Geburt!

    ENGLISH

    Literal English prose
    translation by Hyde Flippo

    Silent night, holy night
    All is sleeping, alone watches
    Only the close, most holy couple.
    Blessed boy in curly hair,
    Sleep in heavenly peace!
    Sleep in heavenly peace!

    Silent night, holy night,
    Shepherds just informed
    By the angels' hallelujah,
    It rings out far and wide:
    Christ the Savior is here!
    Christ the Savior is here!

    Silent night, holy night,
    Son of God, oh how laughs
    Love out of your divine mouth,
    Because now the hour of salvation
    strikes for us.
    Christ, in Thy birth!
    Christ, in Thy birth!

    ENGLISH AS SUNG TODAY.

    Silent night, holy night
    All is calm all is bright
    'Round yon virgin Mother and Child
    Holy infant so tender and mild
    Sleep in heavenly peace
    Sleep in heavenly peace

    Silent night, holy night,
    Shepherds quake at the sight.
    Glories stream from heaven afar,
    Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia;
    Christ the Savior is born
    Christ the Savior is born

    Silent night, holy night,
    Son of God, love's pure light.
    Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
    With the dawn of redeeming grace,
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
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    Silent Night in any language.
    Adeste Fideles
    Fum, fum, fum. (This is from Spain)
    White Christmas (but only with Bing Crosby singing it!) Agree on the whole idea.
    Sleigh ride.
    Winter wonderland.
    Oh Night. I'm not sure on this title
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