It's not a Christmas song really, but I only hear it on the radio during Christmas song season and that's Alabama's "angels among us." hands down my favorite song followed closely by their " thank god for kids"
Just the other day I heard Blake Sheltons Christmas version of "home" it had me bawling so hard that I had to pull over. I get so homesick every year at Christmas.
I am a confirmed athiest who never misses Nine Lessons and Carols. One year I was at a house without a working radio, so I went and sat in the car all by myself to lsiten.
My father went to University at Cambridge. While he was there (late 40s), he was able to get tickets, and took my mother (not yet his wife) to attend it in person.
I'm so jealous of your parents for going! We listen to Kings College Cambridge Lessons and Carols every single year! I LOVE it. My school used to do Lessons and Carols, and its probably the single school event I miss most. It was the only one where the entire school (grades 1-12) got together in the same building. Our headmaster officiated it in his full robes, we had the smallest boy in the choir singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City and everything. Lessons were read in English and other languages. Everyone should go to a Lessons and Carols - it is truly a magical service.
"Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
"With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Another vote for the Wexford Carol, and also for another old, old carol, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day. I also like the Coventry Carol, but had forgotten the name until reminded on this thread!
The one I don't care for is Do You Hear What I Hear? - mostly because I don't like the verse about the poor baby Jesus shivering in the cold and being offered...silver and gold. Bunch of ninnies. Give the baby a blanket!
Don't tell me about what you can't do. That's boring. Show me what you can do. - Mom
I hadn't started really listening to Christmas music till this week again
But another one of my favorites is Troika. It is from Lt Kije? or something like that. I have heard strains of it in I think it is called Father Christmas by Emerson Lake and Palmer.
O Holy Night is hard to beat. The Christmas canon, and who doesn't love Eartha Kitt singing Santa Baby?
And of course sleigh Bells with the 'neighing' horse at the end.
I distinctly remember marching around the dining room table at my grandparents house with my brother and sister, our hands held in a salute. I recall being small enough to barely see over the table when I looked giggling over at my sis and bro-it was like a waterline camera shot. The song brings me right back and I always get a bit teary in a good way when I hear it almost fifty years later
When someone shows you who they are, BELIEVE THEM.
Having started in glee club in the 7th grade, I love to sing most carols. My favorites to sing are "Noel" (the first noel, the angels did say) and the Vince Vance and the Valiants' version of "All I want for Christmas is You." (take back the holly and mistletoe)
Carols should be sung with a beat and rhythm. Too many singers want to show how slowly and how many notes they can hit, instead of singing the song. Just quit dragging those notes around!
And I like Elvis' Blue Christmas. As well as all of the old traditional carols we sang in glee club and church.
Over the years, I've caroled on foot and on horseback. Joy to the World!