*What's Your Favorite Christmas Carol?* (My thread is Baby Jesus Approved, the other similar thread is not)

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    Nov 11, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    Mine has to be Carol of the bell's and Oh holy night. I'm also a big fan of Mariah's "All I want for Christmas"

    when do you usually start listening to Christmas music? For me its usually start of November.

    I'm making a Christmas CD so if you have any faves that I might like add them to this thread and I'll check them out!



  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 11, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    Its really hard for me to choose. "Carol of the Bells" is great. My first one I thought was fantastic as a 3 year old was "Jingle Bells". I have a real
    thing for "Come Rejoice" by Judy Collins, which means a great deal.
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    Nov 11, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    I have so many. But I think my favorite as a youngen was Jingle Bells aswell. Use to sing it in Kindergarden for the Christmas assembly.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Nov 11, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I have a quite extensive collection of Christmas music - the new and oldies as well, and here's a few of my favorites
    Christmas Canon, Because It's Christmas (Barry Manilow), When Love Comes Down (Point of Grace), The Christmas Shoes (Kenny Chesney), The Gift (Jim Brickman), Little Drummer Boy (Bob Serger and The Bullet Silver Band), Ave Maria (EVOC), Ave Maria (Rebecca Luker), The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole), Silver Bells (Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney), Someday at Christmas (Stevie Wonder), I'll Be Home For Christmas (Karen Carpenters), etc.
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    Nov 11, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    Here's MY version of "Silver Bells." My old friend Larry and I wrote this re-do many years ago, based on growing up in Los Angeles...

    City sidewalks, filthy sidewalks
    draped in old bombed-out bums.
    And the Salvation Army wants money...
    children laughing as they're tearing
    people's Christmas lights down.
    Just like they do every year.

    Screaming bells, duh, duh, duuuuhh...
    Clanging bells, duh, duh, duuuuhh...
    Someone just ripped-off Sears Roebuck
    Dun-Duuun.
    Clang-a-lang
    Hear them clang
    One-Adam-12's on its' waaaaay.

    Going faster, ever faster
    as he runs people down
    and he makes a pile-up on Los Feliz....
    Never caring for the other
    people going his way.
    And his car's turn signals
    are unused.

    Screaming bells, duh, duh, duuuuhh...
    Clanging bells, duh, duh, duuuuhh...
    He shot someone on the freeway
    (Road rage!)
    Clang-a-lang
    Hear them clang
    Squad 51's on its' waaaaay.


    Actually, one of my all-time favorites is a wonderful rendition of "Winter Wonderland" performed by the original cast of Saturday Night Live, with Garrett Morris singing the lead, and a cool pre-Blues Brothers du wap backup by Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, with Chevey Chase, Gilda Radner, Lorrain Newman, Jane Curtin.
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    Nov 11, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    the songs from south park do it for me.

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    Nov 11, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    I have to say my favorite Christmas music isn't usually "carols" -

    Best instrumental:
    Charlie Bryd Christmas Album - elegant inventive jazz guitar
    Chris Botti, December - luscious fireside trumpet

    Best vocals:
    they come from the best singers, but here are some unusual ones to look for -
    Ella, Hotta Hotta Chocolatta - not on her Xmas collections, but you can find the single on iTunes or Rhapsody
    nancy LaMott, Just in Time for Christsmas - the whole album is great, the title song is joyous, Stay With Me is sexy, Some Children See Him is a great tip of the hat to the 21st century "one world" view that the recent election puts in mind
    Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett featuring The Count Basie Big Band - A Swingin` Christmas - this will be my new one this year
    Garth Brooks, White Christmas - just find this really a fun treatment of the classic
    The SIngers Unlimited, Christmas - not for everyone, but this jazzy group does some great stuff. I've loved this one for years.

    Choral:
    I love the New York City Gay Men's Chorus "Christmas Comes Anew" album. Their White Christmas is deep and rich, the way a men's chorus should be. Also love Lo! How a Rose.
    Robert Shaw Chorale, A Festival of Carols - one of the greats

    Other treats:
    Handel's MEssiah, A Soulful Celebration - a project from the 90s including the talents of Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Stevie, Parri Austin, Tevin Campbell etc. Unique and stimulating

    The Hampton Quartet, What if Mozart Wrote Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas? - says it all

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Plus all those great compilations of wacky cocktail music or country or rock - the more variety, the better. I have so many I don't have to listen to much of it more than once a season! (except those favorites ...)
  • gregory548

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    Nov 11, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    Silent night, ave maria and jingle bells IN FRENCH, its beautiful
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    Nov 11, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    Here's something I posted on a very similar RJ thread:

    "Once in Royal David's City" by any good choral group, or instrumentally (I've done several of my own arrangements for both piano & organ).

    For emotional reasons more than anything. In 1978 while stationed in occupied West Berlin, Germany, I attended a combined military Christmas service in the Kaiser Wilhelm Church in downtown Berlin.

    The Americans, British and French military choruses each took turns singing their own national Christmas carols. While we in the congregation sang along from provided programs.

    The Brits (I think it was the Royal Parachute Regiment Band & Chorus) sang "Once in Royal David's City" which I had never heard before. We all sang with them, and I was in tears, Army Captain or no Captain.

    Here we were, in this isolated and indefensible city, 100 miles inside Communist East Germany, hostages any time the Soviets chose. Mostly military in that church, but many Berliners, too, singing Christmas carols together, in English, French & German.

    While not 10 miles from us in any direction were our enemies, able to overwhelm us at any time. For this was the low point in American military might, and secret briefings told us that we would lose any conventional land war with the Soviets. And we in West Berlin were expendable.

    So here we were singing together, our closest allies the Brits, our once most bitter enemies the Germans, our fair-weather friends the French. And next to that modern church was the original Kaiser Wilhelm Church, a destroyed ruin, left as it was at the end of World War Two, to remind Germans and the world of that terrible conflict. And I sang "Once in Royal David's City" and cried.
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    Nov 11, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    BTW, Hotta, Hotta Chocolatta is a novelty song, but in Ella's hands, its like the candy cane on the tree.

    AND it's not quite Christmas for me without Ella and Louis doing " I've got Mty Love To Keep me Warm" and Ray Charles & Betty Carter kicking around "Baby It's Cold Outside".
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    Nov 11, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    Traditional:

    "Once In Royal David's City"

    "Carol of The Bells"

    "O Come All Ye Faithful"

    "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"

    "What Child Is This"


    Contemporary:

    "Merry XMas (War is Over)" by John Lennon

    "Silver Bells"

    I try to avoid anything to do with Christmas until December 1st, although I did a bit of online shopping on Saturday.
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    Nov 11, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    "Hard The Herald Angels Sing"


    Yeah, that one. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 11, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    cowboyo said"Hard The Herald Angels Sing"


    Yeah, that one. icon_wink.gif


    I should never type on RJ when I am half-asleep. Now it is corrected!
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    Nov 11, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    What Child Is This.
    Christmas Shoes
    Mary Did You Know
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    Nov 12, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    I think mine would be Oh Holy Night also.
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    Nov 12, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    the one that isn't heard until the week before christmas.

    i've been hearing christmas music since august and "'tis the season" comes earlier every year. i'm fed up with it.

    the earliest we put up a tree is two weeks before xmas and usually it's the week before.

    lord, the stores around here mostly skipped both halloween and thanksgiving for decorations, foods, costumes, etc, they've had xmas stuff up.
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    Nov 12, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    'Oh Holy Night' - Peanuts rendition
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    Nov 12, 2008 12:17 AM GMT
    Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin Laid an Egg, it'll all be over soon!!!

    Yay! Yay! Yay! The best part is New Year's Day!
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    Nov 12, 2008 12:29 AM GMT




    Oops! EDIT*... forgot to add this is the Coventry Carol Mom sang to us every year. It also conveys the loss of those whose male babies were killed by Herod in his zeal to stop the foretold birth of a saviour that would change the world. Some of that is depicted in the stills on the video. Serious stuff, but hey, for us Christmas is a time when all the great mysteries shift and come together.

    -us
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Chucky Bells, Chucky Smells, Chuchy Laid an Egg
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    Nov 12, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    I sing and listen to Christmas carols all year round LOL.

    Favorite

    O HOLY NIGHT

    Close Contenders

    ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID'S CITY

    ANGELS, WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

    ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY (The chorus makes me cry! icon_smile.gif)

    WHO IS HE IN YONDER STALL (It's very Christian)

    SILVER BELLS

    WE THREE KINGS

    DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR
  • ASH557

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:38 AM GMT


    SILVER BELLS


    My favorite!

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    Peter Griffin's Christmas Album. Classic.
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    Nov 12, 2008 1:07 AM GMT
    Hmm... I'm not sure if I can define the following as my favorite but I do like to play it over and over when people visit because it annoys them. In fact one year I threw a Christmas Party and put this song on Repeat all through dinner. The Twelve Days of Christmas. It really grates on peoples nerves when you sing along.

    I guess some of my favs would be .....That song that goes la la la la merry merry merry christmas icon_smile.gif I can't think of the name. It's in that movie Home Alone. Then theres Rockn Around The Christmas Tree which is pretty cool. That Chipmunks Song is also a fav of mine. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas but it can get depressing. I HATE little drummer boy.