Joys of the Season – Christmas Carols


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While decorating the Christmas tree is family fun, I love listening to Christmas Carols. Whether they are instrumental or sung, there is something special about each one. I miss hearing choirs or playing carols with the symphonic band. I tend to prefer hymns and classic versions of carols, generally those sung by Bing Crosby, The Carpenters, Gene Aubrey, or The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

After I quite playing the flute in college, every December I would play a few carols for myself.  I used to play “The First Noel” over and over because I loved how it sounded.Sheet Music - The First Noel

For a few months after my oldest was born, I bowled in a league with my husband.  We took the little guy in his stroller with headphones to watch while we competed. Sometimes he’d get fussy and I’d walk around with him and sing Christmas Carols because I could remember the words. I sang “Silent Night” the most because it had a simple rhythm.

Silent Night lyrics

My all time favorite carol is “Do You Hear What I Hear?”  I first heard it in church but there are a few versions of it on the radio. I’ve become very particular with which version I listen too because sometimes artists skip a verse or change a few of the words. I also prefer to hear it sung by a deep, male voice – Bing Crosby and Andy Williams are two of my preferred performers.

Do You Hear What I Hear lyrics

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10 thoughts on “Joys of the Season – Christmas Carols

  1. I really enjoyed reading about your favorite holiday music, Beth. I like to play them on the tin whistle, just for fun and because it has such a bright, cheery sound. Love Bing Crosby too! And Tennesse Ernie Ford, especially is version of my favorite Christmas song, “O Holy Night.” Merry Christmas!

    • Sounds like fun, Anna. I hope you have a chance to spend time with family this year.
      Happy Holidays.

  2. I agree that the hymns and traditional carols are the best–the 24/7 Christmas music station never seems to play them though :(. Have a wonderful season! M. S.

    • BethCaudill

      Totally agree. It’s difficult to hear the good carols even with 24/7 stations.

      I made a playlist with my favorites. Only way to listen.

  3. I love those “Now that’s what I call Christmas” collections. you get some classics along with some versions from today’s popular artists.
    A cool story is Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You. She wrote, sang and produced the song that has become a contender in the “classic” Christmas carol lineup.

    • BethCaudill

      I have one collection like that.

  4. bn100

    silent night

    • BethCaudill

      Great song. 🙂

  5. Mary Morgan

    Beautiful, Beth. I played the flute in school and then studied the piano as an adult. My favorite on the flute: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

    • BethCaudill

      Great song. Always glad to meet a new flute friend.

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