I am just about at the end of my wonderful vacation in beautiful East End, Grand Cayman, but I would miss not saying Merry Christmas to you all! And I send you all the best wishes for the twelve days of Christmas to come (you know, the reason for the song – the three Wise Men making their way to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem).
One of the things I absolutely love about this holiday, as I have said numerous times, is the music of this season. I just love it. From the quiet haunting pieces to modernized versions of class Christmas carols, they just make my soul and heart sing as we celebrate this magical, mysterious holiday.
I have to begin with one of my all-time favorite hymns of this season, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” It is so moving, powerful, and haunting. I just love it. I hope you do, too:
Isn’t that amazing? What a wonderful version of this piece.
And then, we have Pentatonix singing, “Joy to the World”:
Not your usual version, but oh, my, I am enthralled by Pentatonix and their interpretations of such classic Carols.
Speaking of classics, next up is another one of my favorites from childhood performed by the angelic voices of “Celtic Woman”:
Truly, their voices are just like angels. How can one not be moved by such a lovely rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”?
Speaking of renditions, this one is a take on “Gloria In Excelsis Deo,” another one of my absolute favorite Christmas carols. This one is by The Piano Guys, and some special guests of theirs. And here it is:
Moved me to tears, I have to say. Such a beautiful version of this exuberant, joyous, hymn.
Honestly, I could go on and on. I do love music, and I so love the music of the Christmas Season.
Dangit, I just have to do one more. It is Christmas, after all. “Hark the Angels Sing!” seems a fitting close to this post to celebrate this special day:
And now it is all yours. Feel free to share carols, or stories, or favorite memories of Christmas, or whatever else is on your minds. This is your Christmas Day and Weekend Open Thread, friends.