Favourite Christmas Carols

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Reynard, 25 Dec 2018.

  1. Reynard

    Reynard Guru

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Just wondering what CC's favourite Christmas carols are. Do you folks like the traditional, well-known or more obscure? Or carols from other countries?

    Three of my favourites are:

    Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    Patrzcie Bracia Jeno
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  2. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Praise ye the Lord
    In the Bleak Mid Winter - Harold Darke version.
    Least favourite - the First Nowell
    Currently watching ITV Carol service with my lad playing trumpet! Watching it with him - we all laughing as he has just had a massive close up!
  3. OP

    Reynard Guru

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Neat :okay:

    I'm watching midnight mass from Buckfast Abbey over on the beeb.
  4. Eddy

    Eddy Guru

  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Silent Night, it stopped a war. And owes it's origin to a church mouse.
    Unable to find the version I want

    Silent Night - Cormac McConnell
    He's down to earth and will stop to talk.
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  6. Try this
    Daughter's singing that, with the Cathedral Choir this morning, I'm not sure if it's the choral version, or more like Steeleye Span?

    I'll throw this one into the offerings
    30 years old this year, & off a cracking LP, which is probably better known for the title track?
    Steve Earle & The Dukes 'Copperhead Road'

    It was also wrote by Steve
    Listen to it all the way through, even this old Grinch think's it's good!!

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzX5Ri2G9dM
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  7. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    I don't know those but I will look them up.
    My favourites are :
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing
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  8. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    While shepherds wash their socks by night.
  9. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

    At school we had ...

    We three kings of Willerby Square
    Selling knickers tuppence a pair
    How fantastic, no elastic ever so hard to wear ...

    The teachers never seemed that impressed :laugh:
  10. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Too many verses. Always terrified of losing count and starting another verse after the singers have stopped
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  11. winjim

    winjim Iron pony

    We three kings of Orient are
    One in a taxi, one in a car
    One on a scooter, beeping his hooter
    Following yonder star

    Oh star of wonder, star of night
    Sit on a box of dynamite
    Light the fuse and off we go
    Round the world to Mexico

    But I do have a soft spot for Hark the herald angels sing.
  12. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    As always, the trick is either to know what the final verse is ("all glory be to God on high") or else having the words in front of you.

    For a real brainbender, try playing from a choir book when the congregation are using a hymnbook with the verses in a different order, or even with different verses. Last night I had to spread two copies of the carol book plus a words hymnbook in front of me, twice.

    I also had to play "It came upon the midnight clear", which is just about the only traditional Christmas hymn that still gets to me after 30-something years as a hard-bitten organist.
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  13. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Brilliant, haven't laughed so much for a long time.
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  14. Asa Post

    Asa Post Small lungs, weak legs

    I've always liked "O come, O come Emmanuel" because it's such a good tune.

    Also "Jacob's Well", for the same reason. The words aren't at all Christmassy, but it's one of the songs sung at the north Sheffield pub carol concerts, so I think it counts. Here's a pub version, and I also like the one the Albion Band did for Lark Rise to Candleford.
    Last edited: 25 Dec 2018
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  15. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Good King Wenceslas - not only a rousing tune, but it was my dad's favourite so it brings back happy memories. Plus it's got the line about pizza in it.

    Once in Royal David's City - we did this at school (a long time ago) and it's stayed with me since. And it's about another Dave.
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