By Request, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’

The carol contest continues–despite the fact that the judge can’t see the score.

Requested by Thewhiterabbit, O Little Town of Bethlehem–and we really can’t do better than Nat King Cole, can we? And some of those paintings are Thomas Kincaid’s work, if I don’t miss my guess.

By Request, ‘The First Noel’

I’m rattled, I need to calm down. We have a phone outage (can’t make long-distance calls), it’s raining again, I’ve got blog problems that I can’t solve (don’t ask!), the laundry service doubled its fee… eeyah!

So I’m posting a hymn requested by Phoebe, The First Noel, sung by Nat King Cole–

Ah, yes… that’s better.

‘I Saw Three Ships’ (Nat King Cole)

Hey, what happened to our carol contest? No entries this morning.

Let me post this, then–I Saw Three Ships (On Christmas Day), sung by Nat King Cole. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols, even if it’s not exactly a teaching tool (you can’t sail a ship to Bethlehem, it’s too far inland). There are a couple of grand versions of it on YouTube.

By Request, ‘Away in a Manger’

Do you feel it yet–the Christmas spirit? You know, I think I do! My soul is drinking in these carols.

Requested by Erlene–Away in a Manger, sung by Nat King Cole. This is the carol’s American melody. Next time I post it, I’ll use the British melody.

Come on, now, don’t be shy! There’s room in this contest for everybody.

By Request, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’

And we have this request from “Thewhiterabbit”–O Come, All Ye Faithful, sung by Nat King Cole. Was he a national treasure, or what?

There are already a couple more carols waiting to be posted… but I think I’ll break for breakfast first.

By Request, ‘In the Sweet By and By’

There are so many lovely versions of this hymn: here’s one by Nat King Cole, backed up by the First Church of Deliverance choir.

Requested by Erlene, In the Sweet By and By.

(And the hymn shop is now open.)

‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’

No one has asked for this yet, but I wouldn’t want it to be passed over–O Little Town of Bethlehem, sung by Nat King Cole.

And I think a lot of the Christmas cards that illustrate the song were painted by Thomas Kinkade.

By Request, ‘O Holy Night’

Oh, let’s have Nat King Cole! Requested by Thewhiterabbit, O Holy Night, sung by one of America’s national treasures–made it look easy, didn’t he?

Yipes, only 12 days till Christmas! Let’s pep up the Christmas Carol Contest. If you haven’t entered a Christmas hymn request yet–well, what’re you waiting for?

‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit’

Here’s another one we used to sing in school before the Supreme Court decided that America’s children have to be protected from Jesus Christ. It’s only gotten worse since then.

Every Time I Feel the Spirit–sung by Nat King Cole with the First Church of Deliverance Choir.

By Request, ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’ (Mahalia Jackson–Wow!)

We sang this spiritual in school, back before they outlawed the word of God. But we didn’t sing it like Mahalia Jackson!

Requested by Phoebe, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho–and on the Nat King Cole Show, no less, in 1957. You get two greats for the price of one.