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Friday Five: Christmas Carols

Friday Five

We went to the Christmas light switch on in Old Cwmbran today, with Anthony and Marianna leading the countdown. The lights did flicker on... then back off again. The SSE guy is coming back tomorrow to try and work out what the fault is! Still, it was a nice little event with carols and refreshments.

In honour of the occasion, this week I'm listing my five favourite Christmas carols. :)




#5. I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)


I Saw Three Ships


#4. Good King Wenceslas



#3. Carol of the Bells

I can't remember ever hearing this as a kid - though originally based on Ukranian folk chant Щедрик, the tune was rearranged with English lyrics for the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s. These days it's as American as apple pie. Still, it's a beautiful song, especially in acapella versions.




#2. We Three Kings (Of Orient Are)

Written by John  Henry Hopkins Jr in 1857, it nevertheless has quite a medieval feel about it. And it has lyrics like: Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume;— breathes a life of gathering gloom;—  Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying;— sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

What's not to love?



#1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

According to Wikipedia, it is one of the oldest extant carols, dating back to at least the 16th century. As a kid it sounded kind of dark and a bit creepier than the usual carol, making it my favourite. Obviously!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen



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