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Christmas Carols - Favourites

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TerriBull Tue 07-Dec-21 08:26:54

It's probably been done before, but it's that time of year again, so.............your favourite carols please.

My absolute number 1 is In the Bleak Mid Winter, I love it.

Followed by Away in a Manger, preferably sung by 4 and 5 year olds, always brings a tear to the eye and evokes feelings of nostalgia

Silent Night - simply very beautiful

Over to you

Josianne Tue 07-Dec-21 08:29:34

I went to a church Christmas concert last night and the most refreshing piece was a Spanish Carol. I'm a bit tired of all the traditional ones, but Silent Night is probably my favourite and Sing Lullaby.

Georgesgran Tue 07-Dec-21 08:35:46

At school we sang Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar, which I still like. Oh Holy Night is my favourite - I often well up - I think it’s the change of key?

Witzend Tue 07-Dec-21 08:40:49

Most of them!
Three Kings From Persian Lands Afar is a favourite. We had a superb music teacher at school so it was always sung with the lovely descant.
Away In A Manger, when sung by little kids, is bound to have me groping for the tissues.

The Coventry Carol was my father’s favourite, so that’s another.
The Sussex Carol is nice and jolly, but you don’t hear it so often, except on CDs by proper choirs.

Two I’d never heard until they were sung at dds’ s school concert aeons ago now, we’re The Calypso Carol, and the Cowboy ditto. Both such lovely, lively tunes - instantly appealing - I really like both of those. Found a lovely version of the Calypso one on YouTube the other day. 🎄🎅🏻

Grandmadinosaur Tue 07-Dec-21 08:41:03

My favourite is one not heard very often. It’s called the Zither Carol. We sang it at a concert at junior school and my mum loved it when she came to see the performance.

I like in the bleak midwinter too and Angels from the realms of glory.

baubles Tue 07-Dec-21 08:43:27

I love this one.

O come O come Emmanuel

Witzend Tue 07-Dec-21 08:46:56

I love the Zither Carol, Grandmadinosaur! We used to sing it at school, along with some French and Latin ones. Which reminds me, I still really like Il est ne le divin enfant, and Personent Hodie.

I have a version of the Zither Carol in my Very Easy Carols (for piano) book - it’s easily the hardest of the lot of them!

Greyduster Tue 07-Dec-21 09:12:03

It has to be the Harold Darke version of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. And ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’.

ShazzaKanazza Tue 07-Dec-21 09:17:07

I’m just listening to to O Holy Night by Josh Grobin so beautiful but love when it’s sung by a choir. Brings me to tears every time.

Georgesgran Tue 07-Dec-21 09:24:45

Just love Josh Groban - easy on the eye too.

Lexisgranny Tue 07-Dec-21 09:25:53

O Holy Night preferably by a boy soprano and choir, or a female singer.
Silent Night.
Away in a Manger at an Infant School Carol concert.

Auntieflo Tue 07-Dec-21 09:33:24

It's O Holy Night, for me too.
I first heard it sung by the Songsters of the Salvation Army , many hears ago, and was entranced by the soloist's beautiful voice

joannapiano Tue 07-Dec-21 09:34:51

The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol by John Rutter.. Anything by him. We love singing his work in our choir. Lovely melodious tunes.

Yammy Tue 07-Dec-21 09:42:40

When younger "Come oh come, Emmanuel"
But since getting married I realised DH can sing Silent Night in German", He sings it every Christmas Eve for me. He is not a singer so it is a treat.

Germanshepherdsmum Tue 07-Dec-21 09:57:24

In the Bleak Midwinter, In Dulce Jubilo and Silent Night (lovely sung in German, what a treat for you Yammy).

Yammy Tue 07-Dec-21 10:29:33

Yes but it is quickly followed by Bruce Springstein belting out "Santa Claus is coming to town".DH favourite is in the Bleak MidWinter.

BlueSky Tue 07-Dec-21 10:54:33

‘Merry Gentlemen’ is my all time favourite! And I always cry. Embarrassing when I’m in the supermarket! blush

Josianne Tue 07-Dec-21 10:57:39


The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol by John Rutter.. Anything by him. We love singing his work in our choir. Lovely melodious tunes.

Me too for Rutter . We sang Deck the Hall yesterday arranged by Rutter and the choir sang I was glad at our wedding.

Blossoming Tue 07-Dec-21 11:41:33

Once in Royal David’s City. The first one sung at the annual carol service.

Lexisgranny Tue 07-Dec-21 11:46:06

BlueSky when I was quite young my very dear grandmother told me that God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was her father’s favourite carol, and that he had a beautiful singing voice and always sang it to the family to signify that the Christmas season had begun. Now whenever I hear it, I imagine their cosy parlour and him singing in the candlelight. I never knew him, but it seems very real to me. I haven’t listed it as my favourite, but it certainly takes me to a different era.

AGAA4 Tue 07-Dec-21 11:47:42

In the bleak midwinter is my favourite and Good King Wenceslas.

Lauren59 Tue 07-Dec-21 11:56:19

In the Bleak Midwinter is very beautiful. It was somewhat spoiled for me by a television advertisement for an animal rescue that showed a dog shivering outside in the snow.

I love Angels We Have Heard on High and Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.

Jaxjacky Tue 07-Dec-21 12:07:27

I like Past 3’o clock and in the Bleak Midwinter. Little Donkey always reminds of the AC’s nativity plays.

mrshat Tue 07-Dec-21 12:37:44

O Holy Night - wonderful x

Germanshepherdsmum Tue 07-Dec-21 13:33:29

Lauren, I wish you hadn’t said that. An animal in desperate need of help spoiling your enjoyment of a Christmas carol? Where’s your humanity? Sorry to derail and bring a sour note to the thread but as an animal lover I couldn’t ignore it.