One thing about the holiday season is that I get to listen to Christmas Carols! I love them and have on occasion, listened to them in the middle of June. Maybe, possibly, yeah, I do that when the mood strikes so sue me. There are so many different songs and I wanted to share with you my 5 favorites along with why.
- Oh Holy Night
This is my top favorite song of all time. Mostly because was played repeatedly in my home when I was growing up. It was my father’s favorite carol, so I always think of him when I hear it. It reminds me of him singing along in his deep voice. It is very comforting to me. There are plenty different versions of this song that I love hearing including when Andre Bocelli sings it in French.
- Carol of the Bells
This is one that I sang in the choir during school. I love it because of all the different parts. It can be done without any other music just your voice. I sang soprano, so I typically was one of the higher voice heard during the song. The song itself is simple but each part must be played or sang precisely to ensure it sounds like the bells are playing.
- Angels We Have Heard on High
I remember being small and hearing this sang in church. I loved listening to it. I have no idea why but there was just something about the way the choir sang it. I remember telling my father I was going to be up there signing that song one year.
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
This one was on a video we had of Christmas Carols. It was one of those that you could sing along with because the words were scrolled across the screen. We watched it every year while we were putting up the Christmas tree. I can still picture the young girls coming into the room on the video as they sang.
- In the Bleak Midwinter
This one isn’t a mainstream one I don’t suppose but there is something about it that I love. It was also one of the first piano pieces I ever learned to play. That may have something to do with why I loved it. I remember slaving over the piece until I could not only play it beginning to end but also sing it. I wouldn’t stop until it was perfect in my eyes. I can now play it without any sheet music and with my eyes closed. The stubborn determination of a child. If only had that much strong will now.
In our home you can hear holiday music all season. I will turn it on while I wrap presents. It helps me feel festive. Of course, I also turn it on while I am cleaning. There is something about this music that just lifts my soul and makes me sing along. Do you have any Christmas Carols that you enjoy listening to? I would love to know which are your favorites. Tell me the one song that you love the most and why.