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Boy, do I wish you were here with me so we could sing that song as a round. You know the lyrics, yes?

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

I know at least three versions of this song - two separate tunes, plus one that has a separate chorus interjected. It would be ever so much fun to go Christmas caroling again. I love to carol. And to sing in any sort of chorus or round. Fa la la la la, la la la la . . .

In the spirit of caroling, I will share with you a list of some of my favorite carols or Christmas songs:

Carols

Angels We Have Heard on High (love the glorias)
Adeste Fideles/O Come All Ye Faithful (I can sing it in Latin or English and like it either way)
Silent Night (I can sing it in German, English and, oddly enough, do a verse in Japanese - machs nichts)
The Holly and the Ivy
Christmas is Coming . . .
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Wassail, wassail all over the town . . .
Must be Santa (I know all the hand motions, too!)
Deck the Halls
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Il est né, le Divin Enfant

Christmas songs

In the Bleak Midwinter
Let it Snow (let it snow, let it snow)
Silver Bells
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (I know three versions, like the tune on Bing Crosby's album best)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Merry Christmas Darling
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Frosty the Snowman
Baby It's Cold Outside
The Little Drummer Boy
Do You Hear What I Hear?
River (I especially like the recordings by Robert Downey Jr. and by k.d. lang)
I'll Be Home For Christmas
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . .)
Carol of the Bells
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Sleigh Ride
Walking in a Winter Wonderland (which I still sing as "walking in my winter underwear" sometimes because of an episode of Evening Shade in which Michael Jeter's character bugged the crap out of Burt Reynolds by singing incorrect lyrics - and why yes, I am old)
And these three from Barenaked for the Holidays, which is one of my favorite holiday CDs ever (it has awesome Chanukah music on it as well): "Elf's Lament", "Footprints", and "Christmastime (Oh Yeah)"

Favorite novelty songs

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer is pretty spectacular
Dominic the Donkey is hilarious ("dippety dip, hee-haw, hee-haw, it's Dominic the donkey")

I am 100% positive that I've left a couple of favorites off my list, but this is as much as I can come up with without going through all my holiday CDs. And you? Favorite carols and holiday songs?


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fabulousfrock
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
What is the distinction between a carol and a song? I had assumed carols were religious but that doesn't seem to be so from your list.

Some of my favorites in the religious vein are O Holy Night, The Wexford Carol, The Holly and the Ivy, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and The Coventry Carol.

On the popular side of things: Up On the Housetop, Holly Jolly Christmas, Silver Bells, Blue Christmas, I'll Be Home for Christmas (despite being subjected to some nauseating versions at Sears), White Christmas, John Denver's Aspenglow, Christmas for Cowboys and A Baby Just Like You, Merle Haggard's If We Make it Through December, The Chieftains version of The Rebel Jesus (I haven't heard the original, so I have to say that one), and I have a cheesy affection for Marshmallow World even though I'm not sure it makes a lot of sense. Oh, and the entire Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.

Not Christmas music, certainly more on the pagan side of things, but the album that sounds most like the coming of winter to me is Libana's A Circle is Cast which has a number of lovely rounds on it, which always makes me wish I had a group of people to sing rounds with! They are so lovely.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
For me, a carol is something you sing while caroling, but you may be correct about the technicalities. Not all songs work well - O Holy Night, for instance, would SUCK if sung while caroling.

I totally forgot about the Coventry Carol, which I adore! And you and I will totally have to round up some folks to sing rounds with next time we see one another!
fabulousfrock
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Haha, that is quite true. O Holy Night is definitely not a caroling song. And The Wexford Carol is even worse, despite being called a "carol"...perhaps people were more intrepid singers when these songs were first written...

When I move up there we will have a Mid-Atlantic Rounds Roundup!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Mid-Atlantic Rounds Roundup it is!
mostly_irish
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
This is a quality list! I have to say, if modern Christmas songs count, I think Dave Matthews' quiet "A Christmas Song," is probably my all-time fave.

That, and the entire Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, like fabulousfrock, above!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Well of course it counts! (You saw my three Barenaked Ladies songs, right?)
the_themiscyran
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Gabriel's Message, particularly as done by Sting

Good King Wenceslas, largely because of it's use in "The Dark is Rising"

Carol of the Bells, because it's delightfully dark

What Child is This?, even though I usually forget the lyrics and default to Greensleeves

Mele Kalikimaka and White Christmas, because it isn't Christmas w/o Bing.

Anything off of John Denver and the Muppets a Christmas together.

O Holy Night - even though South Park forever changed how I hear it in my head, now as rendered by Cartman, with a chorus of angels:

Cartman: FAll ON YOUR KEES, YOU CAN HEAR THE ANGELS...SOMETHING...!

Angels: VOICES!

Cartman: THANK YOU!!!! O nIGHt divine, O night when I get presents!

There are more, but these kind of cover it - that's my Christmas, equal parts dark and goofy.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
hite Christmas *facepalm* I knew I forgot another song!

And I adore Gabriel's Message by Sting - hell, I love that entire CD and have been listening to it on repeat for the past month. I especially love "You Only Cross My Mind in Winter", although it's not a Christmas tune. I also have listened to my John Denver and the Muppets a few times now. "Say a prayer for the wind, and the water, and the wood. And those who live there too." *happy sigh*

I also default to Greensleeves with What Child is This?, but love them both. And that Cartman scene was awesome! (I'm just glad you didn't recommend Mr. Hanky, the Christmas Poo as a favorite song!)
the_themiscyran
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
No Mr. Hanky! - but I have to admit that as awful as it is, "Merry F**king Christmas" makes me laugh every time, even while I'm being horrified.

kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of "Kyle's mom is a big fat bitch" myself. So, so funny wrong.
bogwitch64
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I just love White Christmas, sung by Bing Crosby. That voice melts me. My knees turn to jello. Damn, that man could sing.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
He sure could. I still play his Christmas album - the one with the white cover and him in a Santa hat.
jessica_shea
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Fantastic list, Kelly! My favorites are "Silent Night" & "Angels We Have Heard on High" on the carol side of things, and also "Baby It's Cold Outside," "Marshmallow World," and "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Just heard "Christmas Wrapping" on the radio - I'd forgotten how funky the bass line is in that!
robinellen
Dec. 20th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
I also love Adeste Fidelis (especially in Latin) -- I think that's my favorite Christmas carol (though I love many). I like O Holy Night and Bethlehem Morning very much, as well (clearly, they're not carols, ha).
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh - nice picks.
karenbschwartz
Dec. 20th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
We've been singing along with the Muppets for Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat. Also, love Harry Connick, Jr's Home for the Holidays CD. Lots of upbeat big-band sounds plus slower songs with his beautiful crooning
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
I love the Muppets' version of Christmas is Coming! And I totally forgot about Harry's CD, which I also like a LOT! (If you like him, you would also like Michael Bublé's Let it Snow EP - such a great voice! Of course he sings on "The Elf's Lament" with Barenaked Ladies, too.)
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kellyrfineman
Dec. 21st, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Nice choices. I'm surprised how many Aspenglow and Vince Guaraldi fans there are on my friends list!
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