Christmas time is near!

(At least for those of us who celebrate it)

In honor of this overcommercialized-but-still-vastly-awesome holiday, I'd like to share my favorite Christmas song.


 I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day 
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!



 I love this song for many reasons, not the least is that it is actually based off of a poem by Longfellow.  I just adore the language.  "Wild and sweet, the words repeat." is my favorite line.

What about you?  What's your favorite Christmas/holiday song and why?

12 comments:

  1. Peace on Earth???

    Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."


    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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  2. We love the movie White Christmas here, and watch it annually. Something about it hooked us, so we've pretty much got the dialogues memorized and have been known to borrow them in our daily conversations. So, any song from that movie would be among my favorites.

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  3. I like that song - thank you for sharing the actual lyrics. I didn't know the words. I think Christmas songs are so popular, partly, because they focus on hope. Everyone could use some hope.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

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  4. Oh, I love that song! It always makes me tear up when I sing it.

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  5. I love so many Christmas songs, it's hard to pick just one. I love I'm dreaming of a white Christmas tons!

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  6. I, too, have many favorites, including the one you shared. Little Drummer Boy has always touched me deeply, especially when I am playing guitar, my son is playing piano and several other kids are helping us sing.

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  7. Anon- So what you're saying is "Hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men"? I'd agree with that. Any suggestions for how to fix it, other than becoming a vegan (which I can't afford) or eliminating much of the world's population (which I'm opposed to on principle)?

    Joanne- White Christmas is probably my favorite holiday movie of all time! I can watch it every year without going crazy, which is more than I can say for others. *cough, Wonderful Life cough*

    Helen- How true. Hope is a vital part of the human soul. We need to believe that things can be better.

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  8. Renee- I know! I have a version sung by Harry Belafonte and it's so beautiful I never want it to end. Sigh.

    PJ- Can't beat that one, really. And it looks like you guys are going to get a white Christmas down in Texas, so it's appropriate. :)

    Maryann- What a lovely mental picture, all of you singing together! I like Little Drummer Boy, but the beat always makes me want to march.

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  9. One of my favorites is "Little Drummer Boy," because it's really about sharing our talent, or the thing makes us shine. We each have a special gift to offer -- drumming, writing, music, cooking, etc. I love how that particular Christmas piece reminds us of that!

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  10. "Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright..."

    For that one moment, God hushed the brays and screeches and curses and screams of the world to celebrate the coming of His Son.

    I can only imagine...


    Love, love this blog! Glad I found you at another site!

    Patti
    www.pattilacy.com/blog

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  11. We sing that song in church frequently and I love it. It's one of my favorites.

    I love the song, "Oh Holy Night" but only if it's sung perfectly.

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  12. Cindy- Little Drummer Boy is a great song in that way. I like how the reward the boy gets at the end is a smile. :)

    Patti- Thank you and welcome! Silent Night is a good song, isn't it? My mother used to have a copy in German, and that was quite cool.

    Wendy- Heehee! Nothing worse than a badly sung O, Holy Night! Unless it's a high-and-out-of-tune Away in a Manger... :)

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