Reaching Back to Christmas

Look at this flaming mess we call our world today! Anyone would think we didn’t have a Savior.

As I tried to pray just now, this came into my mind–Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Yeah, I know it isn’t Christmas anymore. But then it’s always Christmas, if Jesus Christ is born to us, in our hearts, every day. Read the lyrics: don’t they apply to all 365 days of the year?

“Oh, what’s that poor fool doing, trotting out a Christmas carol in March?”

Well, I think we need it! I know I do.

Sung by the Yoder Family. I say, Amen.

‘Carol of the Bells’ (J&J)

I’ve found a brand-new piece by Joshua & Jeremy today–The Carol of the Bells (without bells–just guitars). Looks like it would be challenging to play.

I hope you don’t mind just a few more Christmas carols.

‘Angels We Have Heard on High’

What gives this morning? No comments, no likes.

What? Is it too late for Christmas cheer?

I don’t think so. But let’s see who’ll hear the carol.

‘The Sussex Carol’ (Encore)

Just because the carol contest is over doesn’t mean we can’t have any more Christmas music. Don’t be shy–share your favorites.

This is one of mine–The Sussex Carol by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

 

‘Carol of the Bells’

I’m still sick, but getting better now… and raring to go. But first this Christmas keepsake–

Carol of the Bells, by the Libera Boys Choir: and how to produce such pure music from the human voice… is a gift from God.

Special Bonus! Harpsichord Solo

How I love the sound of the harpsichord! I always think of a harpsichord solo when I hear Ding Dong Merrily on High.

*Sigh* Patty and I have missed out on a lot of Christmas cheer this year, to say nothing of our entire New Year’s holiday. We’ll just have to pick a day when we’re both feeling healthy again and let on like it’s Jan. 1.

‘The Wexford Carol’

It’s taken me almost an hour to post this carol, so, year, I’m still sick–everything is moving in slow motion. I have a lot of lost sleep to catch up on.

The Wexford Carol features Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma on his cello, and support from a bagpiper, a drummer–together they create a haunting Christmas carol, and a beautiful sound you surely haven’t heard before.

And now for a bit of breakfast.

‘The Little Drummer Boy’ (Joshua & Jeremy)

Have you had enough Christmas yet? I haven’t!

Yes, we’re still sick. No bungee-jumping for us today. But what could be more soothing, more comforting, than this sweet old Christmas carol, played so sweetly by our dear friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy?

‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Yes, we’re still sick. But I must be coming out of it, because I’m feeling very sappy this morning–like any little thing, as long as it’s to do with Christmas, will bring tears to my eyes.

We’ve had nothing but really foul weather since before Christmas–haven’t seen the sun in over a week.

*Sigh*

But enough of this. Here’s The Holly and the Ivy, an ancient Christmas carol here sung by Mediaeval Baebes.

‘Away in a Manger’ (American Melody)

Away in a Manger will always be among my oldest Christmas memories. I was little more than a baby myself when I learned to sing it. And it was to this melody, the American melody–sung here by Alan Jackson–who better?

I’m not so sick that this hymn can’t move me to tears.