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By Request, ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’

This is the antidote to all the poison we have to swallow as news. This is the light the darkness can’t put out. This is our defender and our King. This is Jesus Christ.

Requested by Jeremy, Angels from the Realms of Glory–performed with gusto galore by The Piano Guys and the Tabernacle Choir.


‘Away in a Manger’ (Nat King Cole)

Nat King Cole, a national treasure, sings Away in a Manger. This is what I call the American melody that goes with the hymn.

This was the first Christmas hymn I ever learned. When I hear it, I think of the “primary” class at Sunday school–nowadays it would be called “day care”–and this little book they gave us, one Christmas. On the front cover was a picture of the Holy Family in the manger: and how well I remember the sweet smile on the baby’s face!

I will never forget it.


By Request, ‘Away in a Manger’

The only way the devil wins is if he can stop Jesus Christ from being born–and that he couldn’t do.

Requested by Phoebe, Away in a Manger, sung by the choir at Kings College, Cambridge. (Note to Phoebe: This is what I call the British melody that goes with this hymn, The American melody is the other one we often hear.)


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, ‘Magnificat’

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit, we have Keith and Kristyn Getty and the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) set to music. What could be better for Advent?


By Request, ‘What Child Is This’

Before I write up any more inane and unedifying nooze, let’s have this, requested by Joshua–What Child Is This, sung by Andrea Bocelli with Mary J. Blige.

Keep those carols coming, everybody! It’s our answer to the fallen world.


By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Phoebe asked for this one, The Holly and the Ivy, by the Robert Shaw Chorale. This was supposed to have lyrics, but I can’t find any. I think the little girl in the picture must have put them away somewhere, trying to be helpful.

Our Christmas Carol Contest continues!


‘The Sussex Carol’

I have no idea who’s singing this gorgeous old carol. All I know is, this arrangement is by Elaine Hagenberg. I first heard The Sussex Carol as just a little snippet in the background in the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol. I never forgot it, and I was so pleased when I finally heard the whole thing.


By Request, ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’

Phoebe requested Hark the Herald Angels Sing, so here it is–from the Kings College Choir, at Cambridge.

The Christmas Carol Contest continues! So far the leading carol got 24 views the day it was posted. Remember, you can enter as often as you like. It’s part of our celebration of our Savior’s birth.


Bonus Video: ‘The First Noel’ (Instrumental)

Peaceful, mellow… The First Noel, played on the guitar by Nanae Fujiwara. For me it evokes the spirit of a still and snowy Christmas Eve. Relax and let it flow.


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