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Top 10 Christmas Carols (What is your favorite Christmas Carol?)
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Posted on 12/18/2010 10:48:09 AM PST by Salvation

Top 10 Christmas Carols

Let the debate begin! Below is my subjective list of favorites, with videos of good to great renditions of each. I have also included my favorite line(s) of each song:

Top 10 Christmas Carols


10 - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Favorite line(s):
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html


9 - Angels We Have Heard on High
Favorite line(s):
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



8 - Joy To The World
Favorite line(s):
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessing flow
far as the curse is found,
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



7 - What Child is This?
Favorite line(s):
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



6 - Silent Night
Favorite line(s):
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



5 - O Come O Come Emmanuel
Favorite line(s):
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



4 - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Favorite line(s):
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



3 - O Come All Ye Faithful
Favorite line(s):
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



2 - Once In Royal David's City
Favorite line(s):
For He is our childhood's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



1 - O Holy Night
Favorite line(s):
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
 
 
Embedded video at the site  http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-10-christmas-carols.html



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KEYWORDS: advent; catholic; christmas; music
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I'm with "O Holy Night!" I cry every time I hear it sung.

I would also add Ave Maria, because without the Incarnation we would have no Baby Jesus at Christmas time.

Do go to the site to listen to the videos of these songs being sung!

1 posted on 12/18/2010 10:48:14 AM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation

O come all ye Faithful, but in the Latin and sung by Bocelli, thanks.


2 posted on 12/18/2010 10:50:21 AM PST by steve8714 (Never again should free men be asked to fight for those without the courage to turn them loose.)
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To: Salvation

This one. David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKS0GngztOo


3 posted on 12/18/2010 10:50:31 AM PST by edcoil ("The only winning move is not to play")
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...

This is the blogger’s list — would not be my list.

Musical ping!


4 posted on 12/18/2010 10:50:41 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Glad to see OH COME OH COME EMANNUEL on your list. MARY DID YOU KNOW didn’t make it? Such a beautiful, beautiful song!


5 posted on 12/18/2010 10:51:37 AM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Salvation

My sentiment goes for “O Holy Night” too.


6 posted on 12/18/2010 10:51:53 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: Salvation

“Silent Night” and

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”


7 posted on 12/18/2010 10:52:23 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: steve8714

Adeste Fedelis! Amen!


8 posted on 12/18/2010 10:52:41 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: edcoil

When my children were younger they loved “The Little Drummer Boy”, but I think their tastes have changed — don’t know their favorites right now.


9 posted on 12/18/2010 10:54:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Agreed. ‘O Holy Night’ sung by a good female singer is hard to beat.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 10:54:29 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: Salvation

It asked for yours, not theirs.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 10:55:57 AM PST by edcoil ("The only winning move is not to play")
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To: edcoil

Anything Karen Carpenter sang. Especially Ave Maria.

That woman had an angel’s voice. She’s seranading God right now.


12 posted on 12/18/2010 10:58:24 AM PST by bicyclerepair (d-20, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . . .)
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To: ElayneJ; xzins
So many people do not know that the "O Antiphons" are what make up the verses of "O Come, O Come Emannuel"

Check it out on these links:

Praising the Names of Jesus: The Antiphons of Advent
The O Antiphons
Ego Cras (Anagram of the Messianic Titles of Christ in the "O" Antiphons)
Praying with the "O" Antiphons
The 'O' Antiphons -- Prayer Activity for Families
O Antiphons -- Scriptural Detail of these Advent prayers
The Great Advent Antiphons
What are the “O Antiphons”?

13 posted on 12/18/2010 10:58:52 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

“Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” is just lovely...


14 posted on 12/18/2010 11:00:33 AM PST by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: edcoil

**It asked for yours, not theirs.**

But I agree with the number one choice “O Holy Night.”


15 posted on 12/18/2010 11:00:57 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: edcoil

What is YOUR favorite Christmas Carol?


16 posted on 12/18/2010 11:02:08 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I think the one that is the most fun to sing is “Angels We Have Heard On High”.


17 posted on 12/18/2010 11:02:17 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Salvation

What a coincidence! I love O Holy Night, and tear up whenever I sing it! :-)


18 posted on 12/18/2010 11:03:25 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Salvation

Religious “What Child is this” and acoustic versions of “Silent Night”. Secular “Silver Bells”, Bingo’s “White Christmas” and Karen Carpenter’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” made even more poignant because we now know how alone and depressed she felt when she sang it.


19 posted on 12/18/2010 11:04:30 AM PST by redangus
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To: Salvation

“Silent Night”, then “Adeste Fidelis”


20 posted on 12/18/2010 11:05:39 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Salvation
I don't know if it falls into this category but my favorite is "The Angels Cried" by Alan Jackson and Alison Krauss.
21 posted on 12/18/2010 11:05:52 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: Salvation

Interesting. Thanks!


22 posted on 12/18/2010 11:05:59 AM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Salvation

I do find it hard to believe that “Once in David’s Royal City” won out in popularity over all of those others except “O Holy Night.” I have trouble believing it won out over all but 2 on the honorable mention list.

I guess we just don’t sing it much in my part of the country.

I can’t recall ever having sung it.


23 posted on 12/18/2010 11:06:34 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: Salvation

It doesn’t matter as long as the girl in those hyudai commercials sings it.


24 posted on 12/18/2010 11:08:06 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: Salvation

Kasia Kowalska singing the Polish Christmas Carol “Mizerna Cicha.”


25 posted on 12/18/2010 11:08:08 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: Salvation

O Holy Night. My absolute favorite because it’s got the entire message. “...till He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth...”. Shivers, every time.


26 posted on 12/18/2010 11:08:44 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: All
Little Toy Trains - Glen Campbell

Actually ANY Glen Campbell Christmas song is great. For some reason, his voice just suits Christmas songs. I also love all Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Christmas music.

27 posted on 12/18/2010 11:09:43 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Never heard of that.


28 posted on 12/18/2010 11:10:26 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I vote for the entire bunch, I rotate which one I like the best and it works well!


29 posted on 12/18/2010 11:10:31 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: xzins

I wondered about that one too. But it was the blogger’s personal choices so......

We can list ours now! LOL!

There is one that is in the back of my brain that isn’t coming out yet. I’ll post it when I remember the title.


30 posted on 12/18/2010 11:11:56 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: redangus

Let’s see.

“Anges des nos compagnes”
“Silent Night”
“Adestes Fideles”
“What child is this”
“Away in a Manger”
“Go tell it on the mountain”


31 posted on 12/18/2010 11:12:35 AM PST by BenKenobi ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." -Tolkein)
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To: dfwgator

Can you translate that title for us “Uneducated and non-Polish speaking ones”?

Thanks.


32 posted on 12/18/2010 11:13:11 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I’m thinking that Silent Night is the favorite of more people I’ve met in my years of ministry than any other. It is always the focus of candle-lighting service on Christmas Eve.

I wish there were a few more really good, singable Advent songs. O Come, O Come is mystery & wonder and then it goes downhill from there.


33 posted on 12/18/2010 11:18:47 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

I love singing it too. Did you notice that the blogger put that as #9 and then down below as just missed the cut? LOL!


34 posted on 12/18/2010 11:20:25 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Each one has a unique spirit. Cannot, and will not name a favorite, My “favorite” is the season itself! Merry Christmas!


35 posted on 12/18/2010 11:23:35 AM PST by Shady (LIBERTY is NOT a Four Letter Word.)
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To: Judith Anne

Isaiah was foretold it
This rose I have in mind.
With Mary we behold it,
The Virgin Mother kind.
She bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.


36 posted on 12/18/2010 11:24:26 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BenKenobi

**“Go tell it on the mountain”**

I was just about to put that out here in the mix. You beat me....Blessings in song!


37 posted on 12/18/2010 11:26:15 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: JPG
“‘O Holy Night’ sung by a good female singer is hard to beat.”

When I was in the 6th grade, my class had a transient girl(her dad was in construction and moved often). She had a fantastic voice (she was also beautiful) and hearing her sing O Holy Night brought a tear. Even the memory does it.

She sang it for our class presentation and the auditorium was packed.

After she finished, there wasn't a dry eye in the place. After a 10-15 second period of silence, the audience burst into applause which lasted for a full 2 minutes. She moved on after the Christmas break. We never saw her again.

38 posted on 12/18/2010 11:28:11 AM PST by chooseascreennamepat
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To: steve8714

I heard that version on satellite radio the other day, it just blew me away. I’m thinking aout getting the cd.

CC


39 posted on 12/18/2010 11:29:32 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Good heavens Miss Takamoto, You're beautiful!)
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To: Salvation

I’m with you. Two of my favorites. I’ve actually had tears in my eyes walking through a store if i hear “O Holy Night”.


40 posted on 12/18/2010 11:29:45 AM PST by surrey
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To: Salvation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm9K7UK47FQ&playnext=1&list=PLB0679F5D4CA9741D&index=35


41 posted on 12/18/2010 11:30:27 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Salvation

Always hard to get a good literal Polish-English translation but here the best one I could find:

Miserable, quiet, stable on the earth,
Full heavenly glory.
Here’s lying on the hay, asleep
The small rays of Jesus.

Above him stood the angels in flight
I bent knees
With golden hair, with white wings,
Under the rainbow-painted.

Big surprise: all of creation
Worldwide salvation;
Wisdom of Wisdom, Light of Light,
God - man incarnate here!

And here, poor people
Glad to see the Lord,
Full of inspiration, full of wonder
They fell to their knees.

Here is Mary, a pure lily,
When the old man trembling
They stand before us, before shepherds
With such smiling.


42 posted on 12/18/2010 11:30:46 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: Salvation

Coventry Carol and O Come All Ye Faithful.


43 posted on 12/18/2010 11:39:39 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: dfwgator

Beautiful even with the translation.....would love to hear it in Polish. I think I enjoyed Poland the most (other than Auschwitz) when I took a pilgrimage to the Eastern Europe countries. Oh, my, too much to even mention.


44 posted on 12/18/2010 11:42:16 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: OpusatFR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvH5GdY4JE

Coventry Carol - Westminster Cathedral Choir


45 posted on 12/18/2010 11:42:38 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Salvation
Probably "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" for one particular reason. The Kansas City Repertory Theater does "A Christmas Carol" every year and there is a part in the second act where several of the cast begin to sing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". And as they are doing so, the rest of the cast - and its' pretty big - come down the aisles bearing candles singing along with them. They all wind up on stage for the third chorus and it is, to me, the highlight of the play. There's a part of it about 2 minutes into this clip. Link

But really I like all the old carols - Fum, Fum, Fum; Bring the Torch; We Three Kings; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Here We Come A Caroling; Coventry Carol; and all the rest.

46 posted on 12/18/2010 11:46:05 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Salvation

Great list. I’m with you on “O Holy Night.”


47 posted on 12/18/2010 11:46:35 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: xzins

**I can’t recall ever having sung it.**

Me either, but I just found it in the new missalette.

First verse
Once in roal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed.
Where a mother and her baby
In a manger for his bed.
Mary was that mother mild
Jesus Christ her little child


48 posted on 12/18/2010 11:49:35 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I grew up hearing “Guardian Angels Surround my bed” by Mario Lanza.

I only heard it with the Christmas music. It sticks with me more than any other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U025d5CtLWU&feature=related


49 posted on 12/18/2010 11:49:54 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: xzins

It’s an old one
Cecil Frances Alelxander 1818-1895
Henry Gauntlett, 1805-1876


50 posted on 12/18/2010 11:52:38 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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