Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Music Top Picks

It's that time of year, folks!

We're a musical family, and I love to sing.  Christmas is also my favorite holiday.  And I'm a Christian!  So basically, the Christmas Season is the best time of year for me, musically.

Now, obviously, there are some Christmas songs that make me grit my teeth when I hear them at the store, but I'm very fond of Christmas music in general.  So rather than a review today, I thought I'd go through my Christmas Music Playlist (and sheet music) and pull out my favorites.

Here are my favorites:

Category One: Serious Songs (in no particular order)

1. In the Bleak Midwinter

2. I Wonder as I Wander

3. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

4. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

5. O Little Town of Bethlehem

6. I'll Be Home for Christmas

Category Two: Boisterous Songs (in no particular order)

1. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

2. Christmas Island

3. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

4. All I Want for Christmas is You

5. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

6. Step Into Christmas

Category Three: Classics (in no particular order)

1. Angels We Have Heard on High

2. Do You Hear What I Hear

3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

4. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

5. Joy to the World

6. O Holy Night

7. There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Category Four: Deutsche Lieder (in keiner bestimmten Reihenfolge)

1. O du Fröhliche

2. Still, Still, Still

3. Tochter Zion, Freue Dich

4. In eine Welt Voller Dunkelheit

Category Five: Non-Traditional Songs (in no particular order)

1. To Be With You - Sara Groves

2. Heirlooms - Amy Grant

3. Hallelujah (Light has Come) - Barlow Girl

4. I Celebrate the Day - Relient K

5. It's True - Sara Groves

6. A Snow Globe Christmas - Pink Martini

7. God is With Us - Casting Crowns

Category Six: Christmas Albums (in no particular order)

1. O Holy Night - Sara Groves

2. A Christmas Album - Amy Grant

3. Home for Christmas - Barlow Girl

4. Christmas with the Puppini Sisters - The Puppini Sisters

5. A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas - Kristin Chenoweth

6. Joy to the World - Pink Martini

So there you have it: those are my favorites!  What are yours?


  1. Christmas is the best season for music! You picked a number of my favorites. Merry Christmas.

  2. Album : A Charlie Brown Christmas (Vince Guaraldi Trio)
    English song : The Little Dummer Boy (The Jackson 5)
    French song : Noël à Jérusalem (Mario Pelchat)

    1. I went and found Noël à Jérusalem on YouTube. I don't understand it, but I like the music! :)

  3. Here's the translation to Noël à Jérusalem :

    Christmas in Jerusalem
    Near a wall which we considered lost
    A man on the knees is there, he cries next to me
    And raises his eyes while thanking the sky

    Christmas in Jerusalem
    Bare feet near mosques
    They are thousands who come to voices their pain there
    The face on the ground until nightfall

    These hands which pray at the same moment here
    Don’t they have the same fervour
    Did the people have forgotten
    That it is God who makes beat their heart

    Christmas in Jerusalem
    It is also the child of Bethlehem
    And the pilgrim guided by the evening star
    Look for the house of its nativity

    Christmas in Jerusalem
    It is the world at the foot of the Eternal
    Who comes to implore His name and to apologize to Him
    For they have lost the ways of the heavens

    Nevertheless it would be enough to see one day
    Rise in a prayer
    The heart of three men overcome with love
    To change the face of the earth

    Christmas in Jerusalem
    Near a wall which we found
    A man on the knees told me: everything is changed in my life
    Because Jerusalem is again on Earth

    The first blessed city
    Whom the Lord told
    I shall make here my most wonderful Christmas
    In Jerusalem