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Favorite Christmas Carols

Joe B

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I have great memories of going christmas caroling when I was young in our neighborhood in Warren MI (and the ensuing snowball fights that always followed)

Whats your favorite Christmas carol? :D


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,

Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day;

To save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray.


O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy.

In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessèd Babe was born,

And laid within a manger upon this blessèd morn;

The which His mother Mary did nothing take in scorn.


From God our heavenly Father a blessèd angel came;

And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same; How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name.


“Fear not, then,” said the angel, “Let nothing you afright. This day is born a Savior of a pure Virgin bright, To free all those who trust in Him from Satan’s power and might.”


The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm and wind, And went to Bethl’em straightaway this blessèd Babe to find.


But when to Bethlehem they came where our dear Savior lay, They found Him in a manger where oxen feed on hay; His mother Mary kneeling unto the Lord did pray.


Now to the Lord sing praises all you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace;This holy tide of Christmas all others doth deface.


God bless the ruler of this house, and send him long to reign, And many a merry Christmas may live to see again; Among your friends and kindred that live both far and near—

That God send you a happy new year, happy new year,

And God send you a happy new year.

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Carol of the Bells

Hark how the bells,

sweet silver bells,

all seem to say,

throw cares away

Christmas is here,

bringing good cheer,

to young and old,

meek and the bold,

Ding dong ding dong

that is their song

with joyful ring

all caroling

One seems to hear

words of good cheer

from everywhere

filling the air

Oh how they pound,

raising the sound,

o'er hill and dale,

telling their tale,

Gaily they ring

while people sing

songs of good cheer,

Christmas is here,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,

On on they send,

on without end,

their joyful tone

to every home

Dong Ding dong ding... dong! Bong!.

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I heard something on the radio about this song. It pointed out something interesting about the first line "God rest ye merry, gentlemen". Notice where the comma is.

They said most people envision "merry gentlemen" as being some jolly chubby english type of individuals....when in fact the line indicated "God rest ye merry" COMMA then "gentlemen". Meaning a peaceful/joyful/happy rest based on the promise that God provided thru His Son.

So it really is a very bible based carol that was very popular in past centuries....

Just a point of interest that I never realized until I heard it the other day.

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I've got a close call for "What Child is This" and "Silent Night".

I think they are both pretty songs, but when I was a very little girl I thought that when I had nightmares it was the devil or demons putting fearful images in my mind to scare me or desensitize me. Instead of running to mommie I would sing Silent Night over and over again until I fell asleep. I was sure that nothing ugly could enter my mind when it was filled with something so lovely and loving to God. So, it wasn't a Christmas carol it was an all year long anthem.

I still sing it in my mind sometimes when I can't sleep or start to think things of doubt or ugliness as I lie in bed at night. It helps.

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