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Favorite Christmas Carol

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol? And what are the words to it?

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Cluny, Does the fact that the Nativity feast celebration in the east ends on groundhog day (feb2) have any significance?
---1st_cliff on 1/1/11


I meant FACT, not ACT !!!
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/27/10


Eloy ... The ACT is that the Apostolic church denomkinations (and some others) celebrate Advent before Christmas in the days before 25/12, and Christmas in the days following.

If you don't know that, you don't know that.

And if you are not a member of one of those church denominations, there is no reason for you to know that.

I don't see why you should call that a lie
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/27/10


alan, "So we can't expect Eloy to know what is correct." More lies.
---Eloy on 12/26/10


Elder, that's really funny, creating a post for your own amusement:-} I should try that sometime. Lately I've been so busy defending why I do what I do or say what I say or sing what I sing when I sing, that the fun part completely escaped me. Thanks for bringing me back to the fun part of life. You put a smile on my face. Thanks :-}
---Reba on 12/26/10




Cluny, the purpose of my blog was to turn minds to Christ, but you endeavored to obscure the light in turning people away to nonrelative things, and in falsehood. You continue to dis, and truly, truly I say to you, soon all the darkness will be separated from the light, and then all those abiding in darkness will truly feel, actually feel what it is when there is total void of God on all quaters: then their desire will be that they would have embraced the light shown to them when they had opportunity, but will know that all opportunity to do so is no where to be found.
---Eloy on 12/26/10


\\Don't forget after 25/12, everybody has to go back to work
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/26/10
\\

Quite true.

But this doesn't change the fact that the Nativity Feast STARTS on 25 December and continues on for a period: 12 days in the West, ending on 6 January, and 40 days in the East, ending on 2 February.
---Cluny on 12/26/10


Cluny ... I agree with you.

At my church we one year decided that before Christmas we would not sing Christmas carols, but Advent hymns, as we prepared to celebrate the coming of Jesus (even though it may not be the correct date)

Then after Christmas, we would have Christmas carols.

However, we must remember that those who understand such matters generally belong to the apostolic denominations. So we can't expect Eloy to know what is correct.

But does it really matter? It does not worry me that well known carols are sung during the time people are excited and preparing? Don't forget after 25/12, everybody has to go back to work
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/26/10


Elder, I'm one of those few who actually LOVES the rain. To me it's soooo peaceful. "So to me, it's always a blessing. :-}"
Reba
I feel the same way. Sometimes when my little friends are not with me I have to entertain myself. For that reason that post was created.
---Elder on 12/26/10


Elder, I'm one of those few who actually LOVES the rain. To me it's soooo peaceful. So to me, it's always a blessing. :-}
---Reba on 12/26/10




\\Cluny, To the contrary of what you post, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" indeed is a Christmas song, which rightly is sung during Christmas time and clearly sings of Christ whom appears on earth in order to redeem his people.\\

Eloy, you're confusing Christmas (which season STARTS on 25 December) with Advent, which in the West starts 4 Sundays before Nativity.

The hymn (not carol) you mentioned is based on the great O Antiphons of Advent, which start on 17 December in the Western rite.
---Cluny on 12/26/10


Cluny, To the contrary of what you post, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" indeed is a Christmas song, which rightly is sung during Christmas time and clearly sings of Christ whom appears on earth in order to redeem his people. Christ was born in order to be crucified, and therefore to be crucified and resurrected at Easter he must first be born on earth as a man and put on flesh in order to later be sacrificed on the cross.
---Eloy on 12/25/10


Showers of Blessings
Yeah, Showers of Blessings.
Why do churches always sing showers of blessings when it rains?
---Elder on 12/25/10


Immanuel, according to the scriptures, is the prophetic descriptive name for Christ's birth= "Note a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and will call his name Immanuel. Take counsel together and it will come to nothing, speak the word and it will not stand, for God With Us. For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and overthrows the head mastership by his shoulder: and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 7:14+ 8:10+ 9:6.
---Eloy on 12/25/10


As I also pointed out earlier,Cluny, It doesn't matter if it's officially considered Christmas or not. Song choice for holidays is just that... A PERSONAL CHOICE. I personally love that song at Christmas time. And that's the only time we sing it...with the other "Christmas songs". btw...MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone posting here.
---Reba on 12/25/10


As I pointed out earlier, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is not a Christmas song, buy for Advent--though many unknowing people conflate the two seasons.
---Cluny on 12/25/10


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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:

~ O come, o come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
will come to you, O Israel.

O come, You Rod of Jesse, free
your own from Satan's tyranny,
from depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o'er the grave.

Refrain

O come, You Dayspring from on high
and cheer us by your drawing nigh,
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death's dark shadows put to flight.

Refrain ~...
---Eloy on 12/24/10


Eloy are you reffering to some Mexican guy named Jesus.
There should be some born on Dec 25th.

Certainly The Messiah wasn't and it would be Blasphemy to suggest a Pagan Holy Day as His Birthday.

Now wouldn't it???
---John on 12/24/10


\\cluny, the question was concerning favorite christmas carols, not if I am a schlor in punctuations\\

For some reason, when I type a semi-colon on my computer, it appears on these blogs as a mere comma.

This is obviously some kind of technical glitch.
---Cluny on 12/24/10


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
Y
---Eloy on 12/24/10


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cluny, the question was concerning favorite christmas carols, not if I am a schlor in punctuations. Sorry
---shira3877 on 12/24/10


part 2:

~ See him at the seashore
Amen
preaching to the people
Amen
healing all the sick ones
Amen, Amen, Amen.

See him in the garden
Amen
praying to the Father
Amen
in his deepest sorrow
Amen, Amen, Amen.

See him on the cross
Amen
taking all my sins
Amen
in bitter agony
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Yes, he died to save us all
Amen
and he rose up from the dead
Amen
now he lives for ever
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Hallelujah Amen
Jesus is my Savior
Amen
and he lives for ever
Amen, Amen, Amen. ~...
---Eloy on 12/24/10


\\Does John the Baptist's birth tell us about Jesus' approximate birth date?\\

The liturgical commemoration is 24 June, six months before Nativity.
---Cluny on 12/24/10


John the Baptists conception does give us an approximate time of Jesus' birth.

Jesus was conceived 6 months after John's conception- Luke 1:26,27.

John was conceived during Zechariah's temple service duties 'in the Division of Abijah'- Luke 1:5. This was not atonement day as Eloy believes- atonement day does not occur during 'the Division of Abijah'. Neither was Zechariah High Priest- An'nas was.

Thus Jesus was born 15 months after 'the Division of Abijah'. There were 24 priestly 'divisions'- the 'Division of Abijah' was the 8th (1 Chron.24:10). Zechariah would have been serving in the 2nd round of the 8th division, during June/July. Jesus was born September/October.
---David8318 on 12/24/10


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Does John the Baptist's birth tell us about Jesus' approximate birth date?
---aka on 12/24/10


part 1 of 2:

Amen:

~ Singing, Amen
Singing, Amen
Everybody singing,
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Sing it over now
Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Listen to my story
Amen
the story 'bout my Jesus
Amen, Amen, Amen.

See the little baby
Amen
lying in the manger
Amen
on Christmas morning
Amen, Amen, Amen.

See him in the temple
Amen
talking to the elders
Amen
marvel at his wisdom
Amen, Amen, Amen. ~...
---Eloy on 12/24/10


Away In A Manger:

~ Away in a manger no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love you Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay,
Close by me forever, and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
and take us to heaven, to live with you there ~...
---Eloy on 12/23/10


For those Christians on here who are preparing to celebrate the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, a glorious and blessed Christmas.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

And for those of you on here who join the mahometans, atheists, and assorted secularists and liberals in the war on Christmas, happy humbug!
---Cluny on 12/23/10


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//John, stay focused on G*d. ---aka on 12/21/10

Always Aka! :)// ---John

//If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"// --John

Have you lost your focus?
---aka on 12/22/10


John, Merry CHRISTmas!!! Try as you may you your antiChrist flesh will never succeed in quenching the prevalent reality of CHRISTmas around the world, for every dissing word from your lips only manifests your stony heart and your deadened existence without Christ, and if you continue on your road of destruction then you are destined for the lake of fire and brimstone for your vain foolishness.
---Eloy on 12/23/10


The First Noel:

~ The first Noel the angels did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay,
in fields where they lay keeping watch their sheep,
on a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel ~...
---Eloy on 12/23/10


\\The song is about no room for Christ to be born and today, there is still no room for Christ. Kyla is a great song writer.\\

There's a similar western Advent hymn: "Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown...." It has the refrain, "O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, [semicolon was actually printed here] there is room in my heart for Thee."

One quesiton: Why are semicolons not showing up on the screen?
---Cluny on 12/22/10


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Beautiful songs Cluny. I can see why they're your favorite. Thanks for sharing them with us.
---Reba on 12/22/10


Kyla Roland wrote a song called "No Room". It should be a christmas carol. Awsome song. The song is about no room for Christ to be born and today, there is still no room for Christ. Kyla is a great song writer. Love her.
---shira3877 on 12/22/10


Thank you, Reba.

Here's the Hirmos:

Magnify, O my soul, the King born in a cave.
A strange and most glorious mystery do I see:
The cave is Heaven!
The Virgin is the Cherubic throne,
The manger is the room
In which Christ, the King whom nothing can contain is laid.
Him do we faithful praise and magnify.
---Cluny on 12/22/10


Bah Humbug, John! :D
---Mary on 12/22/10


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What else can I be, when I live in such a world of fools as this Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas.

What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money, a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer, a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you?

If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

E. Scrooge
---John on 12/21/10


Cluny, the words to those songs are so full of worship. I don't understand why they're not used in all the Christian churches in America. I've never heard of them.
---Reba on 12/21/10


\\Cluny, thanks for sending the words to the hymn. Too bad you couldn't send the music also:-} \\

There are many diffent melodies for that Kontakion in Orthodoxy (I prefer the Byzantine one).

Here is the Troparion:

Your Nativity, O Christ our God
Has shone on the earth the Light of Wisdom,
For by it, those who worshipped the stars
Were taught by a star to worship You,
The Sun of Righteousness,
And to know you, the Orient from on high.
O Lord, glory to You!
---Cluny on 12/21/10


Cluny, thank you kindly. That carol reminds me of a tune from old conservative church hymnals. Yes, "carol" is merely a synonym for "song", as well as "chorus", "psalm", "hymn", "ballad", "canticle", "melody", "ode", et cetera and et cetera. A "carol or song" are words that are "sung" rather than spoken, and Christmas Carols usually sing the message of Christ's birth.
---Eloy on 12/21/10


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Cluny, thanks for sending the words to the hymn. Too bad you couldn't send the music also:-} The words are honoring Christ. I love songs that make it perfectly clear that Christ/God is the one to worship. Thanks for sharing with us.
---Reba on 12/21/10


\\Cluny, I also like the song, Good Christian men rejoice. That's a great song. However, I've never heard the hymns you mentioned.\\

I doubt you would have.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,
And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One.
Angels with shepherds glorify Him.
The Wise Men journey with the star.
Since for our sake a little Child is born
Who is Pre-eternal God.
---Cluny on 12/21/10


Eloy,
When someone is trying to be intellectual they can only give make-believe intellectual answers just to show how much they don't know.
Real world time clocks are not wound that tight!
---Santas_Helper on 12/21/10


Cluny, I also like the song, Good Christian men rejoice. That's a great song. However, I've never heard the hymns you mentioned.
---Reba on 12/20/10


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\\"Do YOU have a favorite CHRISTMAS CAROL? And what are the words to it?" \\

A Christmas CAROL I like is "Good Christian Men, Rejoice."

My favorite Christmas HYMNS are the Troparion, Kontakion, and Hirmos for the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.

Forgive me for pointing out the proper use of the word "carol."
---Cluny on 12/20/10


Cluny, you seem sooooo technical. Do you ever just relax & have fun, just for fun's sake? Maybe smile a little? :-} Some background information can be a good thing, but too much can be a bit boring or even slightly "Show-off-y". Now Cluny, I'm aware that's not a "Real" word...But I think it's a fun , friendly way of saying "Enough with the info." Just tell us if you have a favorite SONG you like to hear during YOUR Holidays? :-}
---Reba on 12/20/10


Darlene, Cluny's postings dis Christians and Christ and the Scriptures. I posted this blog for the purpose of sharing "Christmas Carols" which Christians really delight in, but cluny disses this and turns away from this by endeavoring to change my Christian Carol posting to misnaming it: "dance-like tunes, advent hymns, and Not all of them are about Christmas." Cluny, please try to stay with the subject of the blog, and not deviate from it nor try to lead others away from Christ also. Cluny, do you think you can answer my blog as posted?- "Do YOU have a favorite CHRISTMAS CAROL? And what are the words to it?" If you do have a favorite one, I really would like for you to share it with us.
---Eloy on 12/20/10


Some more goodies:
Oh Come All You Faithful:

~ Oh come all you faithful, joyful and triumphant,
Oh come you all, of come you all to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels,

Oh come let us adore him, oh come let us adore him,
Oh come let us adore him, Christ the Lord ~...

Go Tell It On The Mountain

~ While shepherds kept their watching over silent flocks by night,
behold throughout the heavens there shone a holy light.

Go tell it on the mouuntain,
over the hills and everywhere.
Go tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born. ~...
---Eloy on 12/20/10


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There's a big collection called THE OXFORD BOOK OF CAROLS, and not all of them are about Christmas.

The Carpathian Slavs have a large number of Paschal carols, for example.
---Cluny on 12/20/10


Cluny In America,for most Christian Americans, Christmas is over after we meet on December 25 and have family dinner. Whatever you practice due to your religious beliefs doesn't change the established customs and traditions of America. Denomination's practices don't mean a thing to people who are not of that group. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 12/20/10


Thanks Alan for pointing out the fact that Cluny's remarks could be considered as criticism. I never mind constructive criticism,however Cluny's remarks seem to me to be unfriendly & argumentative over such a fun hearted question from Eloy. Cluny, lighten up. This question is asking for our favorite Christmas carol. Which according to Webster is a song of joy, so regardless of how many "facts" you want to send us, they mean very little based on the fact that Eloy asked us to share our favorite song of joy. As far as when Christmas begins or ends, that to is up to each persons tradition. Facts are not very important when it comes to some things.
---Reba on 12/20/10


I love the first half of Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
---John on 12/20/10


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\\Cluny, I'm not concerned about whether or not it's considered a carol by others or not. We sing it at Christmas so it's Christmas to me.
---Reba on 12/19/10\\

Christmas does not START until Dec 25, and continues for 40 days.

ADVENT starts (in the West) four Sundays before.

A lot of Americans have conflated Christmas and Advent, and therefore think that Christmas is OVER on Dec 25. Not so.
---Cluny on 12/19/10


Cluny ... Thank you for pointing out to us that some of the things we sing around Christmas time are carols and others are hymns.

I hope that you were just telling us for information only, as a matter of interest.

Unfortunately, it came across as a criticism of Reba for including the magnificent "O come Oh come, Emmanuel as a carol.

I'm sure that Eloy intended us to give our favourite carols or hymns.

I love all the Christmas Carols and Hymns, with few exceptions ... one of which is "Come and join the celebration"

I also hate Rudolph and Jingle Bells being treated as carols ... to me a carol does relate to Christ, whereas those two do not.
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/19/10


I have to "ditto" all of the choices of songs. The most "recent" song I like is Mary Did You Know, especially the line that says that "when you kiss your little baby, you've kissed the Son of God" Wow, what a line. Christmas songs are the best, I love them all.
Jim
---Jim on 12/19/10


Cluny, I'm not concerned about whether or not it's considered a carol by others or not. We sing it at Christmas so it's Christmas to me.
---Reba on 12/19/10


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Donna, I really like those carols too. I think Christmas, and knowing The Truth it celebrates, is the best time of year. And "Noel" is a fench word that means "Christmas".
---Eloy on 12/19/10


Among my favorite Advent/Christmas hymns/carols
are the following: What Child is This? (Greensleeves is the melody), O Holy Night!, and Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella (I think this is an old French carol)The First Noel.Then there's Joy to the World and The Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah
---Donna66 on 12/19/10


Among my favorite Advent/Christmas hymns/carols
are the following: What Child is This? (Greensleeves is the melody), O Holy Night!, and Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella (I think this is an old French carol)The First Noel and Come, O Come Immanuel. Then there's Joy to the World and Come all Ye Faithful, And best of all, The Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. There isn't room to list all the ones I love. Since I don't care much for contempory Christian music, I play and sing (to myself) Christmas music all year long!
---Donna66 on 12/19/10


One of my favorite Christmas carols, or in other words one of my favorite Christmas "songs" for they whom are spiritually incompetent and prone to misunderstand, is:

What Child Is This:

~ What child is this who laid to rest,
on Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
the Babe, the Son of Mary!~
---Eloy on 12/19/10


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\\O come,O Come Emmanuel,\\

This is NOT a Christmas carol, but an Advent hymn, based on the classical O Antiphons of Advent, which are sung, one a night, the week before Nativity.
---Cluny on 12/18/10


My favorite Christmas carol is "Silent Night" no matter what Cluny says.
---KarenD on 12/18/10


I'd never thought of it like that before, but Cluny is quite right.
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/18/10


I personally love "O Come All Ye Faithful": "Oh come all ye faithful! Joyful and triumphant, oh come ye, oh co-ome ye to Be-ethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels, oh come let us adore Him, oh come let us adore Him, oh come let us adore Hi-Im--Christ the Lord!"
---Mary on 12/18/10


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There's so many I love. O Holy Night, What Child Is This, Mary Did You Know, O come,O Come Emmanuel, Christmas Shoes( a really sad song).. The list is endless for me. I just love Christmas time. There's not enough space allowed here to write the words:-}
---Reba on 12/18/10


Keep in mind that what many people think are Christmas carols (such as Silent Night) are in fact Christmas HYMNS.

A carol, properly considered, will have something dance-like about the tune, for example, "I Saw Three Ships."
---Cluny on 12/18/10


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