Monday’s Music Moves Me: Some Traditional Christmas Carols

Merry Christmas! Here are a dozen traditional Christmas songs.

  1. Luciano Pavarotti, “Adeste Fideles” You probably know this as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but it sounds so great in Latin…
  2. Nana Mouskouri, “Stille Nacht” Or “Silent Night.” This was originally written by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1818. When they arrived at the church that evening to play it for the first time, they discovered that the organ was unplayable, so someone played it on the guitar.
  3. Pentatonix, “Angels We Have Heard On High” Pentatonix has become a big part of Christmas, because they sing so well.
  4. Celtic Woman, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” A beautiful rendition of this classic.
  5. The King’s Singers, “The Boar’s Head Carol” Mom had a collection of Christmas records that would go on heavy rotation the day the tree went up and would play on through Epiphany, and sometimes after. I remember this from one of her records.
  6. Dolly Parton, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” Seeing as Dolly is from around the Smoky Mountains, it seems appropriate to have her do this one. There’s a chapel at Dollywood, and I think this was filmed there.
  7. London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, “Here We Come A-Wassailing” You might know this one better as “Here We Come A-Caroling,” which is a whole lot easier to spell, lemme tell ya…
  8. Mannheim Steamroller, “Pat-A-Pan” Another I remember hearing at home, this is a French carol originally in the Burgundian dialect.
  9. Callie & Collette, “Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” Another song of French origin, and again one I heard at home a lot.
  10. The Bach Choir, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” Learned this one when I was in second grade from the good Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. It’s a traditional English song, which friends of mine and I used to sing, punctuating each line with “eh, wot?” Try it. It’s fun.
  11. The King’s College Choir, “Ding Dong Merrily On High” I think the first time I heard this that I can recall was on an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Another song of English origin.
  12. The King’s College Choir, “The First Nowell” I was in Music Ministry many years ago, and for some reason we waited until Epiphany to do this one. No idea why, it’s a great song.

And that’s your Merry Christmas Music Moves Me for December 25, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


14 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Some Traditional Christmas Carols

  1. Merry Christmas John and Mary. Was with your brother Pat at the yearly Santa Party (remember those?) and we were talking about your Yul Brynner blog. Have a great day!


    1. I have a picture from Jill of the first Santa Claus party in 1965. I was nine and had Mimi Kotowski on my lap. Hard to believe it was that long ago… Hope your Christmas was great!


  2. I am about all Christmas’d out but I did enjoy the Boar’s Head carol with the horns, although I couldn’t hardly understand any of the words. But it sure sounded good. Listened a little to the First Nowell also – although I am Jewish I have a soft spot in my heart for cathedral music – it just sounds so wonderful. And, believe it or not, I prefer Oh Come All Ye Faithful in Latin – I used to sing this because I had hoped to take Latin in high school but my high school didn’t offer it. Perhaps I was saved from myself.


    1. I don’t think anyone can understand the Boar’s Head Carol. It’s like “Louie, Louie.” Here are the words, courtesy of The Blogger’s Best Friend, which include some Latin:

      The boar’s head in hand bring I, (Or: The boar’s head in hand bear I,)
      Bedeck’d with bays and rosemary.
      And I pray you, my masters, be merry (Or: And I pray you, my masters, merry be)
      Quot estis in convivio (Translation: As many as are in the feast)

      Caput apri defero (Translation: The boar’s head I bear)
      Reddens laudes Domino (Translation: Giving praises to the Lord)

      The boar’s head, as I understand,
      Is the rarest dish in all this land,
      Which thus bedeck’d with a gay garland
      Let us servire cantico. (Translation: Let us serve with a song)


      Our steward hath provided this
      In honour of the King of Bliss;
      Which on this day to be served is
      In Reginensi atrio. (Translation: In the hall of Queen’s [College, Oxford])


      Yes, I do think you were saved from yourself…


  3. John,

    I love Christmas mewsic and will continue to listen to it until the end of the year. Who knows, I may go for a while into the new year. 🙂 It actually saddens me when all the festivities of the holiday stops but I know it can’t last all year long. Jesus is with us 24/7 364 other days of the year. We need to share Him throughout the year instead of for one month. Anywho, I hope you and Mary had a lovely Christmas. We sure did. It was great to relax with DH for 5-days.

    Your classic collection of some of my favorite Christmas mewsic is top notch! When thinking about “Silent Night” I believe it was a divine intervention that the organ couldn’t be used because the guitar suits the song the best giving it that tender, reverent tone such a song deserves. Callie & Colette is new-to-me. I enjoyed their version of “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella”. Their voices are beautifully paired. Thanks for the intro!

    Now, my friend as the year comes to a close soon. I want to say special thanks for sharing my 2017 ventures in Blogosphere. It’s been such fun to share through mewsic with you on the dance floor or BoTB and as well all the in-between posts. I pray that God continues to bestow upon you lots of love and happiness, as well as keep you in good health in the coming new year. 🙂


    1. Callie & Colette also have a version of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” that slides into “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” that’s just gorgeous.

      I’ve really enjoyed this year as well, between MMMM and BotB and just sharing the Internet with you and so many others. Here’s to 2018!


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