Monday, November 21, 2016

Sing We Now of Christmas

Did I forget to post on Saturday? Yes. Was I too exhausted and busy to do it Sunday? Yes. Thus, it is Monday and I am sick, but I finally arrive! What is the post about? The holidays (and music) of course!


If you're wondering what the holidays and music are doing on my blog, just wait. Since music can be written and is made up of words, it fits beautifully with the themes of my blog. None of you are going to complain about wintry pictures, anyway, right? Didn't think so.

A big question that has come up in my writing circles is Who is already listening to Christmas music? *cough* *raises hand* I'll admit I used to be a stickler about this and not listen until after Thanksgiving ... usually on my way home from our family trip. However, I never ever listen to music after December is over. So that gives me 4-5 weeks for Christmas music. Bear with the math here, but if there are 52 weeks in a year, 5 is simply not enough to dedicate to Christmas music. So now I listen to it beginning around November. It helps get me in the season. And I'm in lots of choirs, so I'm singing Christmas music in September, hehe.

Music really astounds me and I admire anyone who can write music, or even verse. Not a skill I have. Playing musical instruments is also really amazing. I can play some piano and am in my first year of guitar, but I don't consider myself naturally talented.

The nice thing is, there aren't only Christmas songs. There are Thanksgiving ones, too! *gasp* I'm going to link to some of my favorites for both holidays.

Thankful ~ Josh Groban



Mary, Did You Know? ~ Pentatonix



God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ~ Keith and Kristyn Getty




Angels from the Realms of Glory ~ Piano Guys & Peter Hollens




God Bless Us Everyone ~ Andrea Bocelli


Pretty great songs, huh? I know some of them were rather obscure, but I love them all. What's really sad is when people don't know the traditional Christmas hymns. I'm doing carols with the girls' choir I'm in this year, and you would not believe the number of girls who've never heard Away in a Manger or We Three Kings! If you don't sing Christmas hymns at your church and listen to lots and lots of Christmas music, I feel very sorry for you. You're missing out!!

I know a ridiculous amount of Christmas songs, especially the sacred ones. I may have even gotten in a lyric war with Jonathan Trout in a Hangout ...

I was trying to find some new Christmas songs to play on the piano and was not having very good luck. Then my mom comes home with a massive piano book with over 50 songs ^.^ Oh yes. Between that and the new Pentatonix and Peter Hollens Christmas albums (and all the albums containing the songs I linked to), I am set! Now I just have to get well before Thanksgiving ;)

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Please tell me you love festive music as much as I do! What's one of your favorite songs? Have you begun listening to Christmas music yet?

17 comments:

  1. I LOVE Christmas! *goes to put Christmas music on* I love many of those listed, as well as the classics like Nat King Cole. XD *wishes for some snow to drift by as music plays*

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    1. I know, right?! Gosh, I haven't listened to him in forever!!! *goes to Spotify* *also wishes for snow*

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  2. Okay but I totally won that lyric war mwahahaha xD

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    1. SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS, NOEL SING WE HERE

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    2. LISTEN TO OUR PRAISES TO THE BABE SO DEAR

      Obvs a matter of opinion. Just because you can type faster and listen to Ash's music doesn't mean you won :3 I was at least able to correct your typos and knew more verses, hehe. #consolationprizes

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  3. Yay, I love Christmas music! And someone introduced me to that version of Mary Did You Know last Christmas and I was totally hooked! Pentatonix is a great a Capella group! And I love Josh Wilson as well.
    Thanks for sharing Abi! :D

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    1. YES! There's so much variety, I'm not going to waste time putting it on :D Yes, Mary Did You Know is what got me started on them, too <3 You're very welcome :)

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  4. CHRISTMAS MUSIC. *flails* I wuvs it. <3 I started listening to it at the end of October, hehe. #notevensorry

    OOH! Mary Did You Know? by Pentatonix is absolutely stunning! I found out about it last year and am still obsessed with it. And of course the Piano Guys and Peter Hollens...you can't go wrong with them. ;)

    *pulls up Spotify and proceeds to blast Christmas music*

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    1. Haha XD I do try and wait till November, but no promises

      Yes, I found it last year, too! (Actually Mom did but whatever :P) I know; so much beauty!! #voicegoals

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  5. *whispers* I start listening to Christmas music on my birthday. (End of August.) Headphones are amazing people. ;) #rebel
    I love Pentatonix music. Amazing harmony and rhythm. :) And Josh Groban and the Getty's and the Piano Guys... *happy sigh*
    You are not alone Abi. ;)

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    1. Haha XD I'll admit I try to wait until November. ;) Yes, yes, and yes! <3 I can't believe Christmas is almost upon us! Truly one of my favorite seasons even if it is hectic ;) We're getting more packages delivered right now which I'm sure are presents :D

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  6. I am really excited for Christmas music too! But I am still waiting till after Thanksgiving. Mostly so as not to be excommunicated from the family. ;)Although I have been working on some Christmas piano pieces In addition to just having some to play for fun, my siblings and I go to a hospice home and play the piano about once a month, so we are working on lots of Christmas music for Dec. :) I love the Piano Guys entire Christmas album, and Peter Hollens is amazing, I am looking forward to hearing his new album. I love Straight No-Chaser's Christmas album(s?)too! Such fun! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Abi! :)

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    1. Yes, I start listening to music early because I'm already playing and singing it for choirs and church and such :P But in general my family waits until late November ;) We go to sing at the local nursing homes with the girls' choir I'm in, so I know what that's like! :D

      Mm, yes Peter Hollens <3 I'm trying out the Straight No-Chaser's newest Christmas album right now. Why is it so much easier to listen to men's voices? Thanks for telling me about them ;)

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  7. *claps* YES CHRISTMAS MUSIC MUAHAHAAAHA *fistbump* FINALLY someone else who understands--christmas music, especially the classics, are just EPIC. xD

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    1. Hehe XD Couldn't agree more. Especially about the classics <3 They never, ever get old, even when listening to them more than 4 weeks out of the year. ;)

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  8. I'm finally getting in the mood for Christmas music! I'm super obsessed with Leslie Odom Jr.'s album right now. :)

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    1. I know, I'm glad I started listening early this year because it's taking me forever to get into the holiday spirit! I can't really believe it's almost Christmas O.O

      Oooh *goes to find it on Spotify*

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