Friday, December 28, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 57) Christmas edition

For the fourth day of Christmas, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Christmas hymns (although technically the first is an Advent song and the last one isn't a hymn, but it's my list and I can put whatever I want). It was difficult finding versions of these songs that I actually liked. I think Christmas songs are just better sung in person. That's what makes them so good!
1.Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
"Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and random captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here."

2. Adeste Fideles
"Adeste fideles, laeti triumphantes."

3. Joy to the World
"He rules the earth with truth and grace."

4. What Child is This?
"This, this, is Christ the King, whom shepherds laud and angels sing."

5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
"Remember Christ the Savior was born on Christmas Day to save us all from Satan's pow'r when we had gone astray."

6. Hark the Herald, Angels Sing
"Peace on earth and mercy mild. God and sinners reconciled."

7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
"Through the years we all will be together, if the Fates allow. Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow."


  1. Oh girl, Christmas music! My kryptonite! Love all these songs! My favorite is Oh Holy Night because of the lyrics:
    "Long lay the world in sin and error pining
    'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
    Fall on your knees
    O hear the angel voices
    O night divine!
    O night when Christ was born
    O night divine!"

    And if you listen closely you can hear me doing my best Celine Dion impersonation. ;-)

    Merry Christmas!

    1. I would have included Oh Holy Night, but I can never find a version that comes close to the man who sang it at church on Christmas Eve when I was little; they always fall short to the memory. Still, the "fall on your knees" line gets me every time.