By Request, ‘The First Noel’

There are so many beautiful performances of The First Noel (Nat King Cole springs immediately to mind), but for today I chose the one by the choir at Kings College, Cambridge. I meant to surprise Erlene with it yesterday, but wasn’t able to get around to it.

I guess we’re open for Christmas carols now! And on Friday we’ll open our annual Christmas Carol Contest.

By Request, ‘For All the Saints’

Well, I’m about as close to worn out as I want to be; but I did get my work done today, and now I can rest.

But first a hymn–requested by Phoebe, For All the Saints, performed by the Kings College Choir at Cambridge. And really, it’s beautiful.

Carol Contest: Only 4 Days Left to Go

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest got off to a great start, but has since let all the air out and is just lying there. Ninety percent of the entries were made by 5 percent of the readers; and the leading carol emerged on the first day of the contest and is still in front today.

All I can say is, I dunno what happened.

Anyhow, we’ve got four more days and anything can happen–right?

So here, to get somebody, anybody, started–Away in a Manger, British melody, sung by the choir of Kings College, Cambridge.

By Request, ‘Infant Holy, Infant Lowly’

What kind of God sends a baby to take away the sins of the world?

Our kind!

Requested by Phoebe, sung by the Kings College choir at Cambridge University, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, so far, has Joy to the World leading with 25 views on the day it was posted. If you haven’t entered a carol yet–well, come on! The contest is open to all.

‘Ride On! Ride on in Majesty’

I’d never heard this hymn before: Ride On! Ride On in Majesty. It’s an Easter hymn–but we want Easter to work all year, don’t we? Sung by the King’s College Choir, Cambridge.

Encore, ‘Jesus Christ is Risen Today’

Yes, I know, Easter was over a week ago. But we want it to work all year, don’t we? And one of the ways it can do that is through hymns. Like this one: Jesus Christ is Risen Today, by the Kings College Choir at Cambridge.

By Request, ‘The First Noel’

Erlene requested this, wanted to be sure we didn’t leave it out–The First Noel, sung by the Kings College Choir at Cambridge, England. “Born is the King of Israel…” And He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

By Request, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’

Isn’t this funny? I was just thinking of this hymn; then I turned on my computer and found “Janowrite” had just requested it–Once in Royal David’s City, sung by the King’s College Choir at Cambridge University Chapel, England.

Wow, look at all the candles! There’s something to be said for High Church.

Bonus Hymn, ‘My Song is Love Unknown’

Let us edify ourselves with another hymn suggested by our friend Dave, “thewhiterabbit”–My Song is Love Unknown, written in 1664 by Samuel Crossman, performed here by the choir at King’s College, Cambridge. Thank you, Dave.

‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’

Well, they’ve taken down the Creche across the street, so I guess that means Christmas is over. It makes me a little sad to see it go; but if it didn’t, then we’d take it for granted and it would have no impact.

Even so, one more Christmas hymn–Angels from the Realms of Glory, sung by the King’s College Choir, at Cambridge.