‘The Holly and the Ivy’ (Maddy Prior)

I’ve never heard this carol sung to this tune before–The Holly and the Ivy, by Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span.

Hey, it’s the last weekend before Christmas! Let’s have those Christmas Carol Contest entries.

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.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ (Traditional)

TheWhiteRabbit asked for a traditional version of this hymn, and this is about as traditional as it gets–The Holly and the Ivy, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Requested by Jeremy: Here’s another old familiar Christmas carol sung by a melody I’ve never heard before–The Holly and the Ivy, sung by the Norwich Cathedral Choir.

By the way, the carol contest is still on and the leading carol is still on top with 44 views on the day it was posted. Can you beat that?

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Phoebe asked for this one, The Holly and the Ivy, by the Robert Shaw Chorale. This was supposed to have lyrics, but I can’t find any. I think the little girl in the picture must have put them away somewhere, trying to be helpful.

Our Christmas Carol Contest continues!

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Phoebe asked for this, one of her favorites: The Holly and the Ivy–one of mine, too. Sung by Mediaeval Baebes.

‘The Holly and the Ivy’ (another version)

I must be getting soppy in my old age. These Christmas hymns, and the whole idea of Christmas, stir me now as they haven’t since I was a very little boy.

This is The Holly and the Ivy with what I think is the more familiar melody, sung by the Mediaeval Baebes. The running of the deer…

The other night, just before bedtime, Robbie looked out the window and started growling, being the watchcat. I couldn’t see anything because of reflections, so I had to open the window. And there, standing just ten feet away, was a lovely big deer. I’ve been here 40 years, and that’s the first time that’s happened. I choose to think of it as a harbinger of Christmas.

Dear Father in Heaven, give this Christmas season of 2017 the power to draw people’s hearts to Jesus Christ, our natural and rightful Lord, as never before! In Jesus’ name, amen.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Phoebe asked for this one, The Holly and the Ivy; and let’s go first-class, with the Norwich Cathedral Choir.

I didn’t recognize the hymn at first. Like so many other really old hymns, The Holly and the Ivy comes attached to several very different melodies. Which means, folks, you can with a clear conscience ask for it again, and it’ll sound totally different!

‘The Holly and the Ivy’

I have to go out and try to finish my Christmas shopping, but first a hymn: The Holly and the Ivy, sung by Mediaeval Baebes. I hope this old, old carol will get you in the mood to ask for more.

And please don’t anybody fall into the trap of thinking that any of the beauties of the natural world–holly, ivy, deer, a crisp clear winter morning–are anything but witnesses to the glory, the goodness, the wisdom, and the love of the God who created them. The only God–who sent His only begotten Son into this world in the flesh, Jesus Christ the Son of God… to save it.

‘The Holly and the Ivy’

While I work on something else, I thought you might enjoy this classic English Christmas carol. It was first published in the early 19th century, but the melody is surely older than that.

Let’s get in the mood for Christmas, shall we?