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Top ten Carols and things you didn't know about them
Times Online ^ | December 7, 2007 | Joanna Sugden

Posted on 12/10/2007 10:37:26 AM PST by NYer

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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Red rover, red rover, send Jersey right over.

GMTA


151 posted on 12/02/2008 12:36:25 PM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: NYer

We Calvinists are far too busy debating whether atonement is limited or unlimited to be concerned about Christmas.


152 posted on 12/02/2008 12:37:47 PM PST by CholeraJoe ("This is a good day to kill some savages." Suetonius 60AD)
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To: Revolting cat!
Christmas Joke....

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It represents a candle', he said.

'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'

Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.

The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'

The man replied, 'These are Carols.'

153 posted on 12/02/2008 12:38:39 PM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: Revolting cat!

I met my wife, Carol, around Christmas and when we were first married I used to call her my Christmas Carol. But now I call her my Ancient Yuletide Carol. She is not amused.


154 posted on 12/02/2008 12:38:58 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

That’s awesome.


155 posted on 12/02/2008 12:41:08 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Patriotic1
I confess to LOVING Little Drummer Boy!

A favorite of mine as well.

156 posted on 12/02/2008 12:42:37 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: NYer; All

Nothin’ beats ‘Banjo Christmas Carols!’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2R8A_WfWQk

(While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night)


157 posted on 12/02/2008 12:44:28 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: NYer; All

“Ding Dong, Merrily on High”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qEGlbi36ZE&NR=1


158 posted on 12/02/2008 12:45:16 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: NYer; All

“Hark The Herald Angels Sing”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qEGlbi36ZE&NR=1


159 posted on 12/02/2008 12:46:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: AnAmericanMother

My favorite - The Shepherd’s Carol by William Billings (beautifully sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale about 50 years ago!)

1. Methinks I see an heav’nly host
Of angels on the wing
Methinks I hear their cheerful notes
So merrily they sing:

Let all your fears be banish’d hence,
Glad tidings I proclaim,
For there’s a Saviour born today,
And Jesus is his name.

2. Lay down your crooks and quit your flocks,
To Bethlehem repair;
And let your wand’ring steps be squar’d
By yonder shining star.

Seek not in courts or palaces,
Nor royal curtains draw;
But search the stable, see your God
Extended on the straw.

3. Then learn from hence, ye rural Swains,
The Meekness of your God,
Who left the boundless Realms of Joy
To Ransom you with blood.

The Master of the Inn refus’d
A more commodious Place;
Ungenerous Soul of Savage Mould,
And destitute of Grace.

4. Exult ye oxen, low for joy,
Ye tenants of the stall,
Pay your obeisance, on your knees
Unanimously fall.

The royal guest you entertain
Is not of common birth,
But second to the great I Am;
The God of heav’n and earth.

5. Then suddenly a heav’nly host
Around the shepherds throng,
Exulting in the threefold God
And thus address their song.

To God the Father, Christ the Son,
And Holy Ghost ador’d;
The First and Last, the Last and First,
Eternal praise afford.


160 posted on 12/02/2008 12:47:06 PM PST by nanetteclaret (Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne, Pray for Us!)
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To: Revolting cat!
For that matter where are Carol (Chuck Berry), and Oh, Carol (Neil Sedaka)?

No one's favorite Carol is Mrs. Brady?

161 posted on 12/02/2008 12:51:03 PM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: nanetteclaret
All my Amazon links are dead! Darn!!

Allons, Gay Bergeres

Guillaime Costeley (16th c.) "Come, happy shepherds, follow me!" This is a much better rendition than the others I found on YouTube -- it has to be sung lightly and briskly, in Renaissance style. The others I found are almost operatic, and it sounds awful.

Adam Lay Ybounden

Medieval text, setting by Boris Orde.

Gaudete, Christus est natus. The Lancashire accents are still a riot.

In Dulce Jubilo. Michael Praetorius. What's called a "macaronic carol" - with words in Latin and the vernacular (in this case, German).

The Lamb (Tavener setting of Blake's poem). Believe it or not our choir actually sang this and hit it on the head. Stick with it, it goes into E Minor and sounds very nice.

The Sussex Carol ("On Christmas night all Christians sing"). David Willcock's arrangement for organ and voice.

I'll try to run the others down . . . I can waste HOURS on YouTube.

162 posted on 12/02/2008 2:49:02 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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