By Request, The Hallelujah Chorus

Phoebe asked for this one, and indeed it just wouldn’t seem right to have Christmas without the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. And let’s go first-class, with the Royal Choral Society at the Albert Hall.

And how they manage to put all these elements together into a flawless work of art… well, I can only stand in awe.

By Request, ‘Christmas is Believin”

I’m ready for another Christmas carol now!

Requested by Erlene–Christmas Is Believin’, by Carroll Roberson.

Oops. I seem to have accidentally erased a nooze story…

By Request, ‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’

Another Advent hymn, this one requested by our friend SlimJim: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, by Charles Wesley, sung by the Truro Cathedral Choir.

Attention, all readers! Our annual Christmas Carol Contest is under way, and we’d like to see a lot, yes, a lot, of entries!

By Request, ‘On Jordan’s Bank’

We enter this hymn in the Christmas Carol Contest because, after all, you can’t have Christmas without Advent.

Requested by Phoebe, On Jordan’s Bank, perfomed by the St. Edmondsbury Cathedral Choir and Orchestra.

I wonder if that beautiful river in the video really is the Jordan. What I wouldn’t give to be floating on it in my little rowboat!

By Request, ‘O Come, All You Unfaithful’

Requested by Tessa, O Come, All You Unfaithful, by Sovereign Grace Music. I had my doubts about that title until I heard the song. As Our Lord Jesus Christ once said, it’s the sick who need the physician, not the healthy (Matthew 9: 9-17).

Meanwhile, the Christmas Carol Contest is open all day! Let more entries follow this one.

By Request, ‘Emmanuel’

My first thought was to limit the number of carols any reader, in one day, could enter into the Christmas Carol Contest. My second thought was, “Why should I do that?” The question having no answer, I’m going with unbridled liberty–enter as many times as you like! We’re not going to run out of Christmas carols!

So we have another entry by Erlene–Emmanuel, performed by Michael W. Smith.

Ooh, look at this… I don’t seem to have any space for nooze today.

By Request, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’

Here’s a contest entry from Erlene–O Little Town of Bethlehem, by the Gaither Vocal Band. (The Vocal Bank is another story!)

Hey, we’re doing Christmas cheer all day! Come on in! And tell your friends about it.

No nooze here today–we follow the example of Judah the Maccabee, who didn’t lead his army forth on the Sabbath unless he absolutely had to.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Requested by Phoebe, today’s first entry in our Christmas Carol Contest–The Holly and the Ivy, by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. (I was sure she was going to ask for Joy to the World. My whole schedule is thrown off now.)

Yes, we have more entries!

‘O Holy Night’ (Donna Roberson)

I simply couldn’t find the hymn that Erlene asked for, so I had to put in a substitute. Now pinch-hitting for Carroll Roberson: Donna Roberson, singing O Holy Night.

Don’t forget the Christmas Carol Contest, everybody!

By Request, ‘Unto Us a Child Is Born’

Submitted by “thewhiterabbit,” this is the first entry in our annual Christmas Carol Contest–Unto Us a Child Is Born (see Isaiah 9:6-7), from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Let the Christmas season begin!