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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Beautiful Sounds Of Christmas

One of the best things about the Christmas season is the wonderful music.  There are
Christmas carols, Christmas songs, choral music, and classical music just to name a few.
In fact, there are even country music, jazz and rock and roll Christmas songs.

Usually we start to hear them on the radio just after Thanksgiving and then they abruptly
end at midnight on Christmas night.  Leaving us to wait for another year to pass before
we hear them again.
I love them all.  I am especially fond of traditional carols and also what has become
traditional Christmas songs like “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole or
“Happy Christmas” by John Lennon.
It would definitely be difficult for me to choose a favorite carol or song in any category.

I think many carols or songs bring back lots of memories of a Christmas from our youth
or a family gathering.  Most of us knew how to sing “Jingle Bells” by the time we were
three years old and “Deck The Halls” was probably the next Christmas song we learned. 
And when I hear “Silent Night” it brings back sweet memories of my father because
that was his favorite carol which now brings tears to my eyes.  My mother’s favorite
song was “Silver Bells” and when I hear it I have to smile just thinking about her.  
The season and the music has so many memories for everyone. 

By any chance did your school chorus always perfom Handel's Hallelujah Chorus at
Christmas?  It was a standard Christmas program for many school choruses.

Maybe you  had to sing a solo at school or in your church choir...I had to sing "Up On
The Rooftop" at a party when I was four...I couldn't carry a tune then and I still can't

How about you?  Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or song?   And, do you have
any special memories connected to any particular carol or song?  Please share them!

I can't imagine this season without the beautiful sounds of music, can you?


cityfarmer said...

we usually have two or three sets of carolers each season ... hoping they stroll by this year, too


Privet and Holly said...

This post is
really close to
my heart. The
power of music
is really magical.
Like you, I have
special songs that
conjure up special
people and times.
One,especially moves
me and I will be
writing more about
that in my next
post {I think}. I
love Bing and Dean
and all of the old
standards ~ makes
me smile. I'm also
moved by the Christmas
Canon by the Trans-
Siberian Orchestra.
It's so very beautiful.
Great playlist!
Merry Wednesday!
xx Suzanne

Kathysue said...

I love Christmas music!! I put it on as soon as Tday is over!It is in the house playing all the time and in my car too. My hubby and 2 of my boys sang in an elite group at their high school and we use to hire that group to come to our Christmas parties and sing for our guest. The most touching thing was when the director would as my hubby to come and sing the choirs theme song, may the lord bless you and keep you. He said boy! I love that tenor section, all my men sang baritone or tenor. I have to admit, it melted my heart!!!
Merry Christmas,

If I can figure out how to do a playlist I want to add one on my blog too!!

Pondside said...

When our daughter was in school we always hired the school choir to come to the house on the night we had friends to dinner - the choir was a surprise between dinner and dessert and never failed to leave some teary-eyed at the sweet voices.
I had a moment last week while skyping with the grandchildren. The three year old wanted Nana to hear his favorite Christmas song and then proceeded to sing his daddy's childhood favorite - more tears!!

food for thought said...

i can't sing at all, so i never open my mouth, BUT i can snap along with the best of them! on dec 1st i load my ipod with 500 xmas songs for the month and it becomes glued to my hip, wherever i walk i am oozing holiday. its hard to stop and remember to turn it off as i enter the library, but i do enjoy a wide genre of nonstop holiday music. i think the one i never ever ever tire of is the Hallelujah Chorus, seeing those mob flash songs brings tears to my eyes, oh to have been those lucky surprised guests when 600 voices rang out...

La Dolfina said...

Oh Susan,
You really captured one of the best things about the season... the music. YOu are so right about the memories and the emotion that it brings out.
I always cry at Silent Night, I try and sing and have to stop because I get all choked up. For me to even attempt to sing is big as I am totally tone deaf, but some songs inspire me to go ahead anyway.
Thank you for posting on Christmas songs, it really is one of the best things about the season!!!
Also thank you for your sweet voicemail. I just heard it yesterday and it touched my heart!!
I love you,


Trouvais said...

All those childhood songs...memories at your fingertips. I like the full gamut from Here comes Santa Claus to Hallelujah Chorus. Happy Holidays! XO Trish

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

I love Christmas music too and put it on right when Thanksgiving is over. My favorites are all the oldies :)

Mona Thompson said...

The Christmas season means music to me. I can't get enough of it. I have CD's in my car and playing constantly at home. I really have a hard time giving it up after the holidays. Your music is really lovely today. I'm having a hard time leaving. Thanks!!!

Acquired Objects said...

I love singing along to Christmas tunes during the season, it's fun and the only songs I know all the words to!


I LOVE Christmas music. I have been listening to it in my studio since early November (yes, you read that right!). I was doing some work for the Christmas retail season, so I figured the best way to feel in the mood was to listen to Christmas music. And you know, it worked. Kept me on track and moving. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!


Anonymous said...

We went to my grandparents every Christmas eve: all 50 of us! And always the piano and certain carols. My favorite uncle was one of the Three Kings, my cousin another..I always loved that. You know, I always love "The Holly & the Ivy": not found very often, but it was also a favorite of my grandmothers...
Yes, the music is such an essential part of Christmas!

vicki archer said...

this is such a lovely and sentimental post....'Dreaming of a White' Christmas" was my favourite song as a little girl.....mostly because living in Australia meant that there would not be much chance of that....Have a very happy Christmas, xv.

Rene said...

This season is filled with memories both from the past and in the making and I love that. Music really ties it all together for me. I love hymns we sing in church and the top 40 songs on the radio. Jazz or rock, country or classical. There is something for everybody. It is fun to ride along in the car and have everyone sing along.


Anonymous said...

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the Christmas music... I just LOVE it!
Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
Jo :)

Crafty Spirit said...

My personal favorite is Good King Wenceslas. That said, Silent Night always has a special place in my heart. My mother used to sing me to sleep with it, all year long :)

NanaDiana said...

The music playing here just lifts my heart! There are some songs that I just can't bear to listen to because of the deep emotions they stir. We have always had music in our house. Both daughters sang (one got a full voice scholarship) and my youngest son is a musician. Now, my granddaughters are learning to play piano and they all sing. Such fun to see and hear.

I found your through you sweet response to my blog. Thank you for visiting me...I have read some of your posts- I think we are going to be friends-you and I! I am signing up as your newest follower. Hugs- Diana

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

If I hear any Christmas music during the year, it still puts a smile on my face straight away!!

I restrain myself until the 1st December in our house and then it's Christmas music all the way! I love a mixture of carols and Christmassy songs.


Linda said...

I love Christmas music, too! My favorite is "O Holy Night", never fails to touch me deeply! I also love "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Sleigh Bells"! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your so nice comments...I am a new follower!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Listening to a Christmas compilation right now! And I must say, I'm partial to the Grinch! ;)

Drawn to The Sea said...

There was a little girl in kindergarten class with me who sand "Jingle Bells". Nothing else, just the words "Jingle Bells" over & over & over & over. She wasn't disruptive, so the teacher allowed it, but all the kids wished she'd stick a candy cane in her mouth.

Once in awhile that comes back to me & I can't help but giggle... &, of course, hear "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells..." all day.

Well, I've just fixed myself, eh?

pretty pink tulips said...

I love all Christmas music. But, there is something to hearing Silent Night sung in the church on Christmas Eve, the only light the candlelight we pass to one another!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

When I was in Colorado visiting my grandson for his second birthday I was so teary eyed one evening to hear him through the baby monitor singing "Jingle Bells" to himself in his crib . It is definitely his favorite song this year!

I've always loved "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night."

Jacqueline said...

Carols are one of the reason's that I love Christmas. I was always in the choir at school and loved singing at all of the services and Christmas concerts. I also loved going from street to street singing carols and collecting for charity.My dad used to play saxaphone and clarinet and my mum was a singer. Our house was full of music, especially at Christmas. Our son went on to have a career in music and our daughter has music on all the time.
I think that my favourite carol would have to be 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful'.
..... and, 'The Hallelujah Chorus' sends shivers down my spine. I sang Handels Messiah many, many years ago when I was at school and I can still remember most of it !! XXXX

Melissa Miller said...

Hooray! I'm glad to see you are back. I know it has been a busy time for you.

I would have to say *Mary do you know*. It is classic and very beautiful. It always makes me smile.

Have a wonderful holiday!
~Melissa :)

PS I sent you an email as well.

Hartwood Roses said...

I have had the radio in my Jeep set to the satellite Classic Christmas channel for a weeks now ... lovely songs from the past. I love them all! My husband thinks it's completely weird, since this is the polar opposite of the music I usually listen to. Give me Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" and I'm in heaven.