There are many wonderful things about this time of the year. As much as I might bemoan the arrival of snow and colder temps, they are easily trumped by the lights and decorations brightening up rooms and homes, and tasty treats that are only accounted for this time of year. But none of those things even compare to the unique experience that is Christmas music! From the beautiful hymns of Advent, carols of Christmas, old standards, and even the new songs, there is something about them that draws me in. Now, I will admit that I’m one of those people that prefers to wait until after at least Thanksgiving to put them on. To me, singing is one of the greatest expressions of our inner most feelings and emotions. That is why you can have such a wide expression, from the longing and tension you experience when singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, the joy of belting out GLOOORIA in “Angels We Have Heard On High”, and the solemn reverence felt in “Silent Night”. So not only is it an expression, but also a connection to one another through mutual feelings. Especially when I think of the hymns we sing around this time, I ponder how they embody what the Christ child brings: peace, hope, joy, love. How do you experience these things in singing?
When David Letterman was on Late Night he used to do his Top Ten lists, which was one of my favorite segments. In a similar spirit, I thought I’d offer my Top Ten Christmas Songs!
10. “His Favorite Christmas Story”
9. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
8. “The Chipmunk Song” (Don’t judge me)
7. “O Holy Night”
6. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
5. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
4. “The Christmas Song” (Nat King Cole of course)
3. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
2. “Silent Night”
1. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
How did I do? Do you see any of your favorites in there, or did I miss something big?