Music Monday – Favorite Christmas Carols

The following are my favorite Christmas Carols:

Angels We Have Heard On High” – 1862 – a French traditional carol “Les Anges dans nos Campagnes

Away in a Manger” – 1885 – first two stanzas attributed to unknown auther with the third stanza written by John McFarland in 1904

Do You Hear What I Hear?” – 1962 – written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne

Joy to the World” – words by Isaac Watts based on Psalm 98; music arranged by Lowell Mason based on themes in Handel’s Messiah

Noel nouvelet” – French Carol – 15th century – translated into English as “Sing We Now of Christmas

O Holy Night” – words by Placide Cappeau de Rouquemaure, translated by John Sullivan Dwight, music arranged by Adolphe Adam

Silent Night” – “Stille Nacht! heilige Nacht!” – written by Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr, English translation by John Freeman Young

We Three Kings of Orient Are” – 1863 – written by Rev. John Henry Hopkins – strictly an Ephiphany carol

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