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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Favorite Christmas song? I'm going with "Joy to the World" (thank you, Isaac Watts). And favorite Christmas song that isn't found in a hymnal? Got to go with "Rudolph" here.


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    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/18/2004 07:02:00 AM  

  • My favorite today:

    Hymnal: Silent Night

    Non-Hymnal: Oh Christmas Tree

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/18/2004 07:03:00 AM  

  • Hymnal song: The very regal "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

    Non-hymnal song: "Let it Snow"

    Honorable mentions: Handel's Messiah and "When Love Came Down" (from the Point of Grace Christmas album).

    By Blogger Matt, at 12/18/2004 07:45:00 AM  

  • Hymnal: O Holy Night

    Other: I'll Be Home For Christmas

    If you've ever lived overseas away from relatives, that one will get you every time.

    How about asking us our favorite Christmas movie! :)

    By Blogger David U, at 12/18/2004 08:34:00 AM  

  • Hymnal favorite is a result of my most spectacular solo in Middle School ["O Holy Night"] that caused my little brother to go into a screaming terrified fit to the point my mom had to remove him from the auditorium, he was so frightened, screaming my name over and over and over.

    Poor baby, I guess he thought I had died or something, since I had been placed atop a high painter's ladder, drapped in white [both of us], with wings and halo [just me], a waist up spotlight, all behind a soft gauze curtain. Mom didn't hear the solo and I had to scramble down quickly and go reassure him, so missed singing in the next two carols. :o)

    Non-hymnal? "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" - just kidding, it would have to be "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - anything but "All I Want for Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth." ;o)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/18/2004 08:37:00 AM  

  • Isaac Watts?!? I thought HOYT AXTON wrote "Joy to the World"! At least that's what it says on my Three Dog Night CD...

    My personal favorite Xmas song from the hymnal is probably "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", which is less about a town and more about weightier matters. I particularly love these two verses:

    How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
    So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
    No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
    Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

    O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
    Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
    We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
    O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

    Favorite non-hymnal carol? Hands down for me -- John & Yoko's "Happy Xmas/War is Over".

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 12/18/2004 09:11:00 AM  

  • Matt, The War is Over? You aren't that old! Are you?

    Kathy, I must confess that Grandma.....Reindeer was the first that came to mind, but then I thought I had better change my mind before it became a self-fulfilling prophesy. O Holy Night would be my favorite to sing if I still had a voice.

    Mike, Rudolph has to be one of my favorite secular Christmas stories. Perhaps it is the whole symbolism that points to "a little child shall lead them" thing -- a reminder that the often small and insignificant from a worldly perspective becomes God's pick for leadership.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/18/2004 09:50:00 AM  

  • David,

    What is your favorite Christmas movie?

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/18/2004 09:53:00 AM  

  • Serena, I thought you would NEVER ask! :)

    Actually, it is probably a tie between the old "Miracle on 31st Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life". I can't watch either one of them without choking up at the end.
    They are both very worthy of the label "classic".

    When I was growing up, it was a family tradition to watch "Miracle" together. I loved watching Natalie Wood saying over and over again "I believe". It was funny how it resonated with me in a spiritual way. That movie combined comedy and drama in an incredible way, in my opinion.

    Today, my family tries to watch "Wonderful Life" every year. Jimmy Stewart is just unbelievable, and Donna Reed steals my heart every year. I love the name "Zuzu" also! :) That movie ALWAYS calls me to be thankful for the wonderful blessing of friends.

    Merry Christmas!

    By Blogger David U, at 12/18/2004 10:24:00 AM  

  • David,

    I'm glad you shared that. When our kids were growing up, we watched Wonderful Life and one of the Scrooge classics. Jim likes the George C. Scott one best.

    Mom was just asking me the other day when we could watch "Miracle..." together.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/18/2004 10:33:00 AM  

  • "O Holy Night" as performed by Barlow Girl. "Santa Claus is coming to town is my favorite not found in a hymnal.


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 12/18/2004 10:38:00 AM  

  • Joyful Joyful

    River - Joni Mitchell (songwriter) or
    River - James Taylor or
    River - Robert Downey Jr. or
    River - Diana Krall..

    "Oh I wish I had a river i could skate away on."

    Favorite Christmas Movie - the original "White Christmas" but it wasn't really a Christmas movie it was a holiday movie call "Holiday Inn" with Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby

    By Blogger happytheman, at 12/18/2004 10:51:00 AM  

  • Hymn- I love the Veggie Tales version of Angels We Have Heard on High. It has a reggae/calypso feel that is awesome. I know it sounds weird, but it really is good.
    Secular- Let It Snow by Chicago. It is a boisterous big band piece that really moves. Great stuff.
    Honorable mention- The new James Taylor Christmas CD.

    By Blogger Val, at 12/18/2004 12:13:00 PM  

  • favorite christmas song: babe in the straw

    favorite christmas movie: nightmare before christmas

    By Blogger freebyrd, at 12/18/2004 01:21:00 PM  

  • Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant

    Christmas is a Time To Say I Love You - Billy Squire

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2004 02:26:00 PM  

  • Sitting here sipping "singer's tea", almost ready to go to the civic center for our Christmas concert. You picked the right subject. Unfortunately, most of my favorite songs are not in this concert.
    Only one choice, tho? So many possabilities!
    "What child is this?" is one of my favorites, and non-hymnal, "Still, Still, Still", but only if done really well by a good choir.

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 12/18/2004 03:12:00 PM  

  • Hymn = Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

    I also love a choral piece, Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria." Ok, I'm a nerd, but it's good stuff.

    By Blogger Jon, at 12/18/2004 03:19:00 PM  

  • No, Wait!
    It's "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus"
    and "Mary, Did You Know?"
    For today, or this moment......

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 12/18/2004 03:27:00 PM  

  • Fave songs:
    O Holy Night
    Mele Kalikimaka (Buffett's Christmast Island)

    Fave Holiday Movies:
    Charlie Brown Christmas & National Lampoons Christmas Vacaction (which just happens to have Mele Kalikimaka in it!)

    By Blogger Mae, at 12/18/2004 03:48:00 PM  

  • Silent Night by Acapella & AVB. Period. Wayburn Dean brings the wood. I challenge anyone to drop this track on a sweet system and turn off the lights and meditate to the words.

    The tears will leap from your eyes and the chills on your back will get chills of their own.


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    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/18/2004 04:28:00 PM  

  • I'm digging the non-hymnal song, "The Little Drummer Boy" played by the women at my church on their dulcimers.

    Hymn? Well, I grew up going to one of those we-don't-really-know-when-Jesus-was-born churches, so this is a toughy. I'm going to have to go with Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Bruce Springsteen. Did that make the most recent Songs of Faith and Praise? :-P

    By Blogger Fajita, at 12/18/2004 07:38:00 PM  

  • Mike, have you informed the masses that Isaac "Joy to the World" Watts also worships at Highland?

    By Blogger Grant, at 12/18/2004 08:44:00 PM  

  • Favorite Christmas song in the book? Angels We Have Heard on High -- all for the "Gloria in excelsis Deo."

    ... favorite song not in the book? It's a toss-up between that well-known church of Christ singer/song-writer "weird" Al Yankovic: Christmas at Ground Zero or The Night Santa Went Crazy. (See what ellipsing the observance does to young c of C minds? Let this be a lesson to all of you...) ^_~

    By Blogger Q, at 12/18/2004 09:50:00 PM  

  • Joel, that Isaac guy -- he's the one with the bullfrog, right? I hear he's got some mighty fine.... grape juice. ^_~

    By Blogger Q, at 12/18/2004 10:39:00 PM  

  • Thanks for letting me sing with you.....Christ, the Savior has come.

    By Blogger Larry, at 12/19/2004 02:57:00 AM  

  • Favourite Christmas hymn: O Come O Come Emmanuel
    Favourite secular Christmas song: Carol of the Bells

    And I love "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

    By Blogger TKP, at 12/19/2004 10:08:00 AM  

  • My new favorite is the one Jill Phillips sings on Andrew Peterson's Christmas album. It's called "Labor of Love". Beautiful, moving, vivid. If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and check it out. Here's a taste:

    It was not a silent night
    There was blood on the ground
    You could hear a woman cry
    In the alleyway that night
    On the streets of David's town

    And the stable was not clean
    And the cobblestones were cold
    And little Mary full of grace
    With the tears upon her face
    Had no mother's hand to hold

    By Blogger michael, at 12/20/2004 01:02:00 PM  

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