A friend wrote me today about how much she has been enjoying Josh Groban’s CD, “Noel.” We’re listening to Christmas music at my house, too—since late September to be exact. One of the most meaningful customs of Christmas is singing, and there’s so much good Christmas music out there that I can’t wait around for the radio stations play it in December.
The Chrismas music I’m listening to is not the typical radio fare that can drive me to distraction. My knowledge of Christian classical music exploded when I read a book called The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence. I had initially purchased the book with the intention of stimulating Andrew and Hannah’s interest in classical music, but as I read the book my own musical knowledge greatly expanded. It also gave me a framework for appreciating Christmas music from around the world.
Here’s a sample of what I’m listening to:
English and Irish
- “In the Bleak Midwinter”
- “The Holly and the Ivy”
- “Adam Lay Ybounden”
- “I Wonder as I Wander (Appalacian)
- “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (by an unknown New Englander)
- “In Dulci Jubilo”
- “Lo! How a Rose E’re Blooming”
- “Ding! Dong! Merrily on High”
Here’s your sample of Christmas music to start off the Christmas season, if you haven’t already begun.