By Request, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’

This request is from Erlene: O Come All Ye Faithful. I resisted the temptation to post yet another Nat King Cole rendition; this one is by Celtic Woman, and I hope you like it.

By Request, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’

We’ve got two Christmas Carol Contest entries to start the day. This one’s from Phoebe: Nat King Cole sings O Little Town of Bethlehem… and I’ll bet those are Thomas Kincaid paintings in the background.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Thank you, Phoebe, for entering this beautiful hymn into our Christmas carol contest–The Holly and the Ivy, by the Robert Shaw Chorale. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve loved Christmas all my life and the older I get, the more it stirs my soul.

A Carol from Sweden

Bengt has sent us this entry in our Christmas Carol Contest–sent it all the way from Sweden: Peter Mattei singcs Giv mig ej glans (“Give Me No Splendor”). The album is “Christmas (Jul=Yule) with Peter Mattei.” He is in a class with the world’s great singers.

By Request, ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’

Here’s one that’ll soothe your soul–Angels We Have Heard on High, an instrumental by Rick Foster. Requested by Joshua, and entered into the carol contest: you might want to play this just before bedtime.

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Phoebe asked for Adeste Fideles, so I have given her Pavarotti at Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal.

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest is off to a good start–I hope many of you enter. If you’ve never made a hymn request before, now’s as good a time as any to start.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Requested by Erlene, Joy to the World–and I can’t do better than Nat King Cole, can I?

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest has begun; and don’t worry if the carol you want to request has already been posted. And don’t worry about us running out of carols!

Sing for Christmas!

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

I hope these carols move you as they move me: open up our hearts, and let the light of Jesus Christ shine in.

Back to our carol contest! Requested by Erlene, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, performed here by Blackmore’s Night: vocals by Candice Night.

May God grant this Christmas extraordinary power to draw us to our Savior and our King.

By Request, ‘We Three Kings’

We Three Kings, sung by Steven Curtis Chapman–I’d never heard this before. Requested by TheWhiteRabbit, it’s entered into our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest.

You can enter as often as you like, and the prize will go to whoever suggests the carol that gets the most views on the day it was requested. We had a lot of fun with this last year!

By Request, ‘Away in a Manger’

Here it is, the first entry in our Christmas Carol Contest! Requested by Erlene, Away in a Manger. This rendition is sung by Alan Jackson.

What a flood of sweet memories this hymn invokes! Some of the very earliest memories I have, in fact.

If we ever needed Christmas, we need it now, in 2020.