Hello and welcome to my humble little spot of the blogosphere for the Blog Advent Tour 2008. Christmas is my favorite time of year so I absolutely had to sign up to be a part of this. A huge thanks to Marg at Reading Adventures and Kailana at The Written World for organizing this tour.
There are many things that are important to me about Christmas, but I love the music! I love all Christmas music from the festive fun tunes to the more somber church music. I buy lots of new Christmas albums each year and am always in search of the best versions of each song. Today I wanted to share some of the Christmas music that I love.
O Come O Come Emmanuel as heard on Casting Crown's Peace on Earth.
This is unbelievably gorgeous and if you listen to only one of these songs I hope it will be this one!
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is perhaps the epitome of the somber sound, but I love this beautiful hymn with it's poetic words.
Other favorites of the classic church songs are: O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. But I'm still looking for satisfactory versions of those!
Now for original Christian Christmas Music:
Labor of Love by Andrew Peterson is a classic for me now. I love Jill Phillip's voice as she sings and always seem to get goosebumps. :)
Welcome to Our World is another modern Christmas song that I love. It's the kind of song I wish I could have written! :)
Bethlehem Town from the City on a Hill album is another of my favorite modern Christmas songs. Such a great sound and words that make me think about how it really was for Mary and Joseph.
Other Christmas Songs:
I absolutely adore River as performed by Sarah McLachlan. I don't know why, this has to be one of the most depressing Christmas songs ever. :) But as much as I love the joy of Christmas, there is a part of Christmas that is sad...full of reflection and longing, and I think Sarah McLachlan captures that beautifully on her Wintersong album.
Of course, I love Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You. I have really happy memories of this whole album as well.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) as performed by U2 is another favorite. (I seem to like songs that have some variation of please come home. :)
I have always felt chilled by 7 O'clock news--Silent Night by Simon and Garfunkel
But to wrap things up on a high note, there is really nothing more fun than Relient K's Nuttin for Christmas.
The truth is I could go on and on, but this is a good representation of some of the Christmas music I love. Now, I'd love to share this complete playlist with someone! So I will! To enter to win this customized playlist from iTunes, just leave me a comment and tell me which of these songs you like the best! Please also absolutely be sure to leave your email address so I can send it to you. I'll close comments tomorrow at 5 p.m. PST and choose a winner so that someone can enjoy this music for Christmas Eve!
Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you enjoy the tunes of the season! Be sure to visit the other blogs touring today!
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