Christmas music

Advent/Christmas Music Meme

Psaltery posted it (at least that’s where I read it first!) She says it’s from Sue at Inner Dorothy. At any rate, here’s a meme on Advent and Christmas Music. Feel free to re-post or answer as you will.

1. What are your favorite Advent/Christmas hymns?
Can’t say that anyone sings this one around the house, but me… however, I do love “Hush, My Babe” (Also known as “The Cradle Hymn.”) Another favorite is “All This Night My Heart Rejoices.” WHAT?? Don’t know either one of those… sigh.. OK, OK! I do love “Joy to the World” too!

2. Which are your least favorite?
“In the Bleak Midwinter” and “The Friendly Beasts!”

True story about “The Friendly Beasts”: Every year throughout elementary school we sang that song in Junior Choir. We kids knew it by heart after about two weeks. For some reason, the adults in charge did not. To entertain ourselves through mindless, endless rehearsals, we would sing the verses with animal-sounding voices. Imagine… “I-i-i-i-i said the do-o-o-o-o-ve from the ra-a-a-a-a-fters high, Coo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooed Him to sleep…” or “Mooooooooo-I said the moooooooooo-cow all mooooooooooo-white and mooooooooooooooo-red…” For some reason Mrs. Mac, the choir director, did NOT appreciate our creativity!! (evil giggle…)

3. Which secular seasonal songs make you want to run screaming into traffic?
This is almost the hardest one… “Rudolph”?? Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas”?? “Christmas Shoes”?? Or Rosie and Elmo (or anyone for that matter) singing “Do You Hear What I Hear”??? Yick. Please. No. NOooooooooooooo!!!!!

4. Do you play Christmas music around the house and in the car? What are your favorite holiday CDs?
Yes, actually I do. And the kids do too. When I am feeling punchy and can’t stop giggling it’s time for Jingle Cats. (don’t worry – I won’t play it when you come over… unless you beg me!) But seriously?? My favorites are the ones from Maggie Sansone and friends, the Celtic Christmas ones (especially Beth can now play many of them on her harp!), and our full version of Messiah. And there’s probably others.

Hmmmm…. I may have to re-visit this later in the month.

Tunefully yours…

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