Merry Christmas everyone and welcome back to day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas! Two days until Christmas, y’all. Two. Days. Where has time gone? Things have been crazy busy here getting ready to celebrate and I’m sure each of you can relate!
Who doesn’t like a good Christmas song? Today, I’m going to share my top 5 favorites…in a few different categories!
5. We Three Kings
4. Silent Night
3. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
You can probably tell by looking at this list that I love songs in minor keys (5, 2 &1). I don’t know why, but these songs appeal to me so much! While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, in my opinion, is best when sung to a tune similar but not exactly like When I Can Read My Title Clear (the Celtic sounding one; I keep forgetting there are several tunes to that one too!)
And Silent Night…I don’t know why, but this song makes me want to cry every time I hear it! I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before, but my ancestors came over from Germany in the 1750’s and since this song was written in German, it’s very near and dear to me (even if the song was originally written in Austria 😉). It was also translated into English in 1863, which is during the American War Between the States, which I love (didn’t know that did you, lol!)
Secular Christmas Songs
5. Jingle Bells
4. 12 Days of Christmas
3. White Christmas
2. Christmas Pipes
1. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Okay, so these songs are so fun! Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont, who wrote many patriotic songs for the Confederacy and he thought for sure they would be far more popular than his Thanksgiving song. Yes, I said Thanksgiving! It’s not even meant to be Christmassy! He was originally from Boston, so I suppose that makes sense. He also wrote “Our Battle Flag”, “We Conquer or Die”, and “Strike for the South”. He was a staunch abolitionist and fought for the Confederacy.
Number 3 and 1 are a nod to my love of World War Two, may second favorite time-period! I love listening to Bing Crosby sing these classics every year!
And Christmas Pipes! Y’all, I love this song so much! It’s so Celtic and captures the whimsical feel of Christmas so well! Listen to it!
Runners up would be Christmas Dinner Country Style (Bing!) and Mele Kalikimaka (Also Bing 😉).
Non-Traditional Christmas Songs (Christian)
5. Let the Joy Begin
4. Everything Changed That Night
3. The Wealth of A Thousand Kingdoms
2. Elizabeth’s Song
1. How Should a King Come?
Each of these songs have such an amazing angle on Christmas! Three are Majesty music (5-3). I’m not sure where Elizabeth’s Song comes from, but it is about Mary visiting Elizabeth and John leaping in the womb. So Pretty! And How Should a King Come! AHHHH! I love this song so much! You just need to hear it…
Was that not epic?!? (Please excuse the video being from The Nativity. I do not endorse or recommend that film!) This is a song I look forward to hearing every year!
What are your favorite Christmas songs? Make a list and share them on your blog if you have one, or share them with a friend! Make a playlist and enjoy the sounds of the season!
Merry Christmas and don’t forget to hop over to Stories by Firefly for more Christmas fun! Be sure and come back tomorrow for Part 7 of Stille Nacht!
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