It’s Christmas time, kittens & dawgs! For the entire month of December XmasDolly, and her elves ~ JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Everyday Life, & little ole me are having a jingling good time spreading the cheer with non-stop Christmas music.
First up, the results for last week’s #BOTB installment. I know you’re waiting with bated breath to learn if your favorite pick won the showdown. The question was which not-so-familiar (Honestly, I had not heard of them before last week) artists Sanam or Tessera did you like the best singing, Mary, Did You Know?
As you know, I decided to go with a theme within a theme this month. I’ve covered Bethlehem, the Angels, Mary, and now it’s all about Jesus!
Come and Worship!
Long, long ago on a cold and dark starry
the baby Jesus was laid
Away in a Manger
A personal note: I love these new lyrics over Leonard Cohen’s original!
While adorning your Christmas tree, think of the tree that Jesus was placed on later that made it possible for us to receive His gift to us ~ eternal life. Have yourself a very Merry little Christmas & a Happy New Year! 😉
For the entire month of December, we are hosting a “Christmas” theme – music, movie clips, galore. Whatever makes you jolly, or puts that “ho-ho” (sorry, no bah-hum-bugs allowed) in your attitude, then we want to hear it right here on Monday’s Music Moves Me!
Our lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, would like to thank you for joining the party and as always JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know & myself are happy that you came. Now, it’s time to get our groove on with you so remember to link up and shake your bootie with the fellow rockin’ blogger buds below!
To be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up. Dance party rules:Grab XmasDolly 4M button here, display it on your blog, and then add your favorite weekly music theme YouTube videos for everyone to enjoy. We aren’t music snobs if you have tunes to share that don’t fit in with our theme, then no problem! As long as you have music to share, then everything is cool coz all we want to do is dance with you!
By chance, if you happen to be here today then please know that I am taking the week off for a little Christmas break to spend with DH, but I will be by to see you soon. Meanwhile, here’s hoping you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!
Christmas carols invoke a reverent spirit in all of us during the holiday season. Even the grouchiest person cannot help, but to be moved this one time of the year. What’s the first Christmas carol that comes to mind when you think of Christ’s birth?
Whenever I reflect on Jesus’s birth in the lowly stable Silent Night immediately comes to mind and how beautiful the angels must have sounded on that holy night proclaiming the arrival of God’s Son in a manger in Bethlehem. Here is a darling little angel, Jackie Evancho, singing Silent Night….
The first Christmas carols depicted a musical scene of the nativity, peace, angels, baby Jesus, and the northern star and the carols date as far back as AD 129, but many people lost their interest because the songs were in latin.
Thanks to St. Francis of Assisi in the early 1200s produced Nativity Plays in Italy telling of Jesus’ birth through song. Some sung in latin but largely they were in a language suitable for the vast audience to savor. The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany, and other European communities.
Most, if not all the oldest Christmas carols were lost over time. What you and I are most familiar with today originated from the 19th century.
Silent Night that Jackie sings so beautifully was originally called Stille Nacht and was written by an Austrian priest, Father Joseph Mohr, in 1816. Since the 19th century début of this classic Christmas song it still is a popular favorite among many people around the world, including myself which I regard as perhaps my most beloved carol of all.
Another favored Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful origin dates back to the 13th century. The customary version we know was actually written in the late 19th century by an Englishman – Canon Frederick Oakeley from London.
In 1891, an Episcopal Bishop in Boston, Massachusetts wrote O Little Town of Bethlehem after his inspiring journey to the Holy Land one Christmas Eve.
John Henry Hopkins wrote the classic carol, We Three King of Orient Are, for a Christmas pageant at the General Theological Seminary in NYC in 1857.
Christmas carols are synonymous with this blessed, holy season we are amidst and fills our hearts and souls with inexplicable joy. Do you like singing Christmas carols?
Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter “C” and while you’re hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.
1. Will you be singing carols in a choir or with your church’s congregation this Christmas season?
2. Do you have Christmas caroling in your neighborhood?