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Old 12-23-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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Your most meaningful Christmas songs

Which Christmas songs are the most meaningful to you? I have two

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (the Judy Garland version): Reminds me of my first Christmas with my DH (before we were married). We were living in an apartment in Boston with about 4 other housemates. He had to work late on Christmas Eve. When he came home, we sat by the light of our overpriced tiny Christmas tree with our two cats and watched a bunch of Christmas movies, one being "Meet Me in St. Louis." I remember feeling warm and cozy & thinking this was the best Christmas ever.

Silent Night: This is a recent favorite. Our second daughter was born two weeks ago. She was the only baby born in that hospital that day. About 20 minutes after she was born, there happened to be some volunteer carolers going around the hospital. Someone told them a baby was just born & they stayed in the hallway outside our door and sang some acapella Christmas songs. Silent Night was the first one they sang. The whole moment was practically right out of a movie!!! My DH & I cried, I think one of the nurses in our room cried!! Luckily, we have some of it on video. The carolers returned the next night as well. I find myself singing Silent Night to my daughter in the wee hours of the night sometimes after feedings. I have a feeling that song will always be a special song with me and my Christmas baby

What are your most meaningful Christmas songs? Would love to hear your stories
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:36 PM   #2
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First, OP, I love your stories. They're wonderful.

My favorite is "O Holy Night" because my late brother, who had a beautiful singing voice, sang it to our mom. It's bittersweet because it's the last song I ever heard him sing, but I think of him every time I hear it.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:12 PM   #3
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I have so many favorites for so many reasons. But it was a Christmas Eve a few years ago that I heard this beautiful song for the first time. I wept when I heard it and it has become a most meaningful Christmas song, because it is a reminder of how humbly and quietly He came.

"Labor Of Love"

It was not a silent night
There was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry
In the alleyways that night
On the streets of David's town

And the stable was not clean
And the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
Had no mother's hand to hold

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

Noble Joseph at her side
Callused hands and weary eyes
There were no midwives to be found
On the streets of David's town
In the middle of the night

So he held her and he prayed
Shafts of moonlight on his face
For the baby in her womb
He was the maker of the moon
He was the author of the faith
That could make the mountains move

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

For little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
It was a labor of love
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:07 AM   #4
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Christmas Bride because it's what I'm walking down the aisle to in two days!!

It's been my favourite for as long as I can remember.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:36 AM   #5
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I have a few:

Believe by Josh Groban. We watch Polar Express every christmas eve. It will always remind of evenings curled up on the couch with my children.

Grown-up Christmas List by Amy Grant has been a long time favorite of mine. Any time I listen to it it reminds of many many years of christmas's - good and bad - and makes me grateful for where I am in my life.

A Christmas to Remember by Amy Grant makes me think of an old friend.

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope it's a happy, joyous and peaceful holiday season.
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:18 AM   #6
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I have two

O Holy Night by Home Free. I discovered this group a few weeks ago on FB. They are AMAZING!!!! If you like this song, PLEASE watch their video!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO6OZIY-lYw

The second song would be What Child Is This, by Josh Groban. Actually, any Christmas song by Josh Groban
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:51 AM   #7
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I have two O Holy Night by Home Free. I discovered this group a few weeks ago on FB. They are AMAZING!!!! If you like this song, PLEASE watch their video!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO6OZIY-lYw The second song would be What Child Is This, by Josh Groban. Actually, any Christmas song by Josh Groban
That Home Free rendition is lovely. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:44 AM   #8
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wdwmom2...that was great, thanks for sharing! I adore a cappella voices, here is my Christmas favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE
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Josh Groban's O Holy Night is my favorite but this year, I can't stop listening to Pentatonix singing Mary, Did You Know? Absolutely beautiful!
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:54 AM   #10
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David Bowie/Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth. A great duet by 2 awesome singers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus

Alan Mann - Christmas on Block. Story of a blind family who decorated their house for Christmas. I grew up in Philadelphia and this was always a song that was played over the holidays. The kids singing always puts a lump in throat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvYPf5dtg_k
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I Believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake

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That Home Free rendition is lovely. Thanks for sharing it.
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wdwmom2...that was great, thanks for sharing! I adore a cappella voices, here is my Christmas favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE
I was just exploring this group this morning. My co-worker told me about Pentatonix yesterday. I too love a cappella!!!
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When I was a kid, Christmas Eve was spent over at my grandparents apartment. It would be my dad's parents, my parents, myself, and my mom's brother. We'd eat sandwiches from a coldcut platter and exchange presents (my parents and I opened our presents to each other on Christmas, though).

After dinner, everyone but my grandparents would go to Central Moravian Church for the Christmas Eve Vespers. None of us are Moravian (we were Catholic and Methodist), but I loved going to Vespers. My favorite song was the one performed by a child soloist, "Morning Star, O Cheering Sight!" It was a call and answer song where the congregation would repeat the soloist, line-per-line. It would be dark and we all held lit beeswax candles.

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Growing up my parents had a collection of Christmas music records that would play during the holiday season. One was a record of various songs as recorded by different musical groups at our alma mater. There was this version of 'The Twelve Days After Christmas' as performed by The Friars (a well known male comedic acapella group). I would only ever hear that song (and especially that version) at my parents house during Christmas.

My parents moved a couple of years ago and I recently found out they got rid of their record collection.
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