‘Noel Nouvelet’

This is a French traditional Christmas/New Year’s carol from the 15th century, sung byt the Kings College Choir at Cambridge–Noel Nouvelet. I’m sure I’ve never heard it before, yet it sounds faintly familiar.

(*Sigh*) Ah, Christmas Tree!

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It’s time to take down our Christmas tree. It feels like we only just put it up the other day.

And of course I can’t help wondering, given all that’s happened–will we still be around for the next Christmas? Will the Democrats ban Christmas? Will America still be here? Or will they already have marred and defaced her beyond all recognition?

It’s a big job. I think I’ll have a cigar first.

Whoever’s here, please offer a prayer for Phoebe and her cat, Iggy. Most of you know what it’s like when your pet is sick. We love these little fuzzy characters–and they love us. A cat purring in your lap is a gift from God.

And pray for our country, pray hard. It may be God will hear us.

‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’

I don’t think we posted this carol, this Christmas. Well, there are so many of them, it’s not hard to miss one.

Without further ado–Angels from the Realms of Glory, an exceedingly lively version from Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

One More Time: ‘Gesu Bambino’ (With a Christmas Prayer)

Let’s not let go of Christmas just yet.

There is sweetness and healing to be found in Christmas, and in this hymn, Gesu Bambino, sung by Luciano Pavarotti with the Vienna Boys Choir–even in this Christmas, marred by dirty politics and the COVID panic, and all the ills of this world which Dante called “that little threshing-floor that makes us all so fierce.” It was to save this world that Jesus Christ was born; and save it He will.

O Lord our God! Grant this past Christmas power to work all year, every day, to tame our wild hearts and draw us to Christ our Savior and our King, to move us to repentance, to move us to love one another, and forbear with one another, as we should. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Request, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

We love posting hymns requested by our readers! And as far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as a wrong time for a Christmas carol.

Requested by Joshua–Go Tell It on the Mountain, sung a capella by GLAD.

‘We Three Kings’

I couldn’t let the Christmas season go without posting this lively performance of We Three Kings by Hugh Jackman, David Hodson, and Peter Cousen. Can these guys sing, or what!

The carol contest is over, but we’re still taking requests.

By Request, ‘Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne’

Requested by Joshua, Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne. I couldn’t find the name of the artist performing it, but I went with this version anyhow. It’s nice and soothing, and it found me in the middle of collecting nooze–which was not doing my blood pressure any good.

We have the Good News of the gospel, and we’re still in the Christmas season: cling to Christ’s throne. Cling to His cross.

Encore: ‘Pat-a-Pan’

There aren’t many carols for a fife and a drum anymore; but here’s one from medieval Burgundy, before it was part of France: Pat-a-Pan, performed by Quadriga Consort. We used to sing this in school–imagine that.

By Request, ‘Come On, Ring Those Bells’

Requested by Erlene–Come On, Ring Those Bells, by Carroll Roberson with… is that Mrs. Roberson? I don’t know, but I’m sure some of you out there do. Please advise.

Encore, ‘The Sussex Carol’

Well, no one has requested any hymns this morning, though we should still be in the mood for Christmas carols; so I thought I’d like to encore one of my favorites–The Sussex Carol, first published in the 17th century for surely older than that, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

We’re not really done with carols, are we? Christmas 2021 is a very long way away…