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.

by Request, ‘The First Noel’

Whew! I need to calm down! Well, if Nat King Cole can’t calm you down, who can?

Requested by Erlene, The First Noel–and duly entered into our Christmas Carol Contest.

So far most readers are sitting back and letting Erlene and Phoebe do all the work. It’d be nice if, say, 100 different readers submitted carol entries.

Byron the Quokka says I need to offer ritzier prizes. But aw, come on! Christmas carols are prizes in and of themselves!

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, ‘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, ‘O Holy Night’

I seem to be doing a lot of Nat King Cole this Christmas. Well, why not?

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit, O Holy Night.

Hard to believe someone just sat down and wrote this, isn’t it?

By Request, ‘The First Noel’

I seem to be posting a lot of Nat King Cole, this Christmas season–but who’s complaining?

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit, The First Noel. Sung by Nat King Cole.

Reminder to Christmas Carol Contest entrants–you can request any Christmas hymn you want, even if it’s been posted before. Let’s get into the spirit!