The Gift of Christmas Music

Tis the season to be thankful for music!

I love music and especially Christmas music.  It has always been a big part of Christmas for me and my family. I like to sing the songs along with the radio. All day today as I have been doing things, I have listened to this music. It really does put you in the mind of the wonderful holiday and what is celebrated.

I also like listening to the choir at church and all of the special music that the kids and adults always do.  One year I sang in a choir for midnight mass as we performed Handel’s Messiah.  What an amazing piece of music.  It is sung with a full orchestra and is beautiful!! My favorite song from The Messiah is The Hallelujah Chorus and I know each word and note.  Here are some of the words, “The Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.  and, He shall reign forever and ever.  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”  (As I am typing this, I am singing it).

This and other songs bring back such beautiful memories of Christmases as a child and young adult.  I like songs about both Jesus and Santa Clause.  And, both have always been a very important part of Christmas.  We have told Ian that Santa was also known as St. Nicholas who helped people and especially children.  And, he knows that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. It is amazing to see his excitement as he continues to learn more about all parts of this holiday. And, I shouldn’t forget Rudolph and the reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

I imagine we all have our favorites.  I have many, many songs that I really like but I decided to limit my list on this post to my top 20 in no particular order.  On a few of the songs I have also included my favorite singer.

  1. O Holy Night — as sung by my mother at church with an organ.  This is gorgeous and a real treat since her soprano voice soars to the Heavens!  It always brings tears of joy to my eyes.
  2. The Hallelujah Chorus — as sung by a choir with a full orchestra behind them.
  3. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — as sung by Andy Williams.  I have like him since I was a child.
  4. Do They Know It’s Christmas — by Band-Aid — this was recorded in 1984 and is still one of the most powerful songs of the season to me.  I can’t help but think of the many families who can’t celebrate. Let’s reach out to them.
  5. Tennessee Christmas — as sung by Amy Grant — I have always liked her and especially like this song since this is where I grew up.
  6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas — as sung by Josh Groban.  What an amazing voice he has and with the recordings of military families intermixed with the song — it gives me chills.
  7. Please Celebrate Me Home — as sung by Kenny Loggins.  I have also liked him for a long time and really enjoy this take on the song.  Nothing like home for Christmas!
  8. Happy Holidays — as sung by Andy Williams.  Again, he’s a favorite and his entire Christmas album is fantastic!
  9. Winter Wonderland as sung by the Eurythmics — this is a  great take on this song with wonderful music.
  10. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) as sung by U2 — one of my favorite groups and another wonderful arrangement.  Are you noticing a theme about home?
  11. A Baby Changes Everything as sung by Faith Hill — this is about Jesus’ birth and that He did change everything. But since my own baby changed a lot in my life, there is a double meaning.
  12. Wonderful Christmastime — as sung by Paul McCartney — I have liked him for years both as a solo artist and with the Beatles.
  13. Santa Clause is Coming To Town as sung by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — I really like this song that was recorded at one of their concerts.
  14. Silver Bells — no particular artist — just have always liked this song
  15. Frosty the Snowman as sung by Jimmy Durante on the cartoon (at least I think that is who it is).
  16. Joy to the World — as sung at church
  17. Silent Night — as sung at church
  18. Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire — as sung by various artists
  19. O Come All Ye Faithful — as sung at church
  20. And last but not least, White Christmas as sung by Bing Crosby in the fabulous movie of the same name.  Also from that movie is Snow which my sister and I just love.

I wonder what your favorite Christmas songs are. Please share them.

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