By Request, ‘Silent Night’

We have a request for Silent Night! Lydia wants to hear it, so here it is–sung by Bing Crosby.

The hymn shop’s always open, boys ‘n’ girls–open for Easter and Christmas hymns all year.

By Request, ‘The First Noel’

Our friend SlimJim has requested it here, and my friend Jessicafischerqueen has posted it on my chess page, so what can I say but here it is? The First Noel, sung by Bing Crosby. You’ll look long and hard to find an equal to his voice.

By Request, ‘The First Noel’

Requested by Phoebe, The First Noel–and I thought Bing Crosby would be just the ticket.

Let’s keep the hymns coming, everybody. Tomorrow’s the last day of the contest! Which does not mean we have to stop posting Christmas music. Hey, I’ve been known to post it in August…

By Request, ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’

Ach, there go my water-works again! I can’t help it. I’m overcome by the beauty and the love of Christmas, and all the Christmases in my life.

This just in from Erlene, a request for I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. This carol brings a lot of Christmases back to me. I chose the Bing Crosby version.

“Peace on earth, good will to men” will indeed come to pass: for the LORD hath spoken it.

‘Faith of Our Fathers’

Would you believe it? We used to sing this in high school, in assembly. Well, they put a stop to that, didn’t they? But I don’t want to get angry in introducing a hymn.

Faith of Our Fathers, sung by Bing Crosby.

And might I observe that we don’t know the half of what God has done, by way of watching over our country.

‘Silent Night’ (Bing Crosby)

Well, our Christmas tree is up, it’s trimmed, our new stove is cooking a duck for Christmas dinner, the cats are asleep, and my stars, am I beat!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted Silent Night yet. Let us remedy that, forthwith.

As for that Pew Poll–well, Robert Louis Stevenson didn’t call that character in Treasure Island “Blind Pew” for nothing.

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Blind Pew… one of the villains

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

I flubbed a hymn request by “thewhiterabbit,” so much for perfection–well, here’s the one you wanted, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I opted for Bing Crosby’s performance–beautiful. But all of Christmas is beautiful.

Bing Crosby, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’

This is from our esteemed colleague, “jessicafischerqueen”: The Little Drummer Boy, by Bing Crosby. You could do a lot worse than to spend Christmas Eve with your mother and father and a lot of cozy animals.

By the way, if you’re interested in chess and chess history, visit Jess’ excellent youtube channel.

‘Adeste Fideles’ (Bing Crosby, 1942)

Think what it meant to sing this Christmas carol in 1942.

The United States and Britain were losing World War II. France was conquered. the next Germany offensive was expected to finish off Russia. No one would have been much doubted, if he predicted that no one but bloodthirsty dictators would come out of this war on top: a world given over to Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, the Japanese warlords, Mao Tse-tung. Lights out.

This is the world into which Jesus Christ entered in the flesh. Because God intervenes in history, the lights that went out in 1942 were turned back on. Because Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we dare to sing to celebrate His birth, we dare to hope, we defy the powers of this fallen world.

Sing, sing, and sing louder!

‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’

I have to do some Christmas shopping this morning, so I’ll have to hustle to keep this blog up and running: but how can I get a better start than this? Do You Hear What I Hear?, sung by Bing Crosby–and I was amazed to learn this carol was only published in 1962.

Let’s have your Christmas hymn requests! Like, where is everybody? The hymn requests have dried up. Come on, now–let’s welcome Christmas 2016 in style.