Archive for the ‘Traditional Christmas Carols 101’ Category

Christmas Carols 101: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

This brings us to the last of the traditional Christmas carols my sister and I used to mangle. I have no idea where we got “God and Simpson reconciled” from, since Homer didn’t exist, back in those days. In fact, I used to imagine a sour, argumentative man with sunken cheeks and a quarrelsome [...]

Christmas Carols 101: We Three Kings of Orient Are

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

(Oh, those three unconventional kings and their peculiar devotion to Purple Lights…)
We Three Kings of Orient Are
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar…
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
CHORUS: Oh, star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.
Born a king on [...]

Christmas Carols 101: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Dad’s off the hook on this one: My older brother Stephen was solely responsible for this particular bunch of shepherds and their diligent sock-washing habits. He was also responsible for “Good King Wenceslas Knocked The Bobby Senseless” (a `bobby’ is the old British word for `policeman’) – but little as we were, that one [...]

Christmas Carols 101: The Holly And The Ivy

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Another one of the traditional Christmas carols my sister and I liked so much (even if we did `bare the clown’.) Did you ever mispronounce the words to a Christmas carol, when you were little?
The Holly And The Ivy
The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the [...]

Christmas Carols 101: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Reader Tees suggested I print out the lyrics to the traditional Christmas Carols I blogged about in my last post, so that my mysterious childhood mispronunciations make sense to those who didn’t have a musical father to introduce them to this lovely tradition. So here’s the first installment of Traditional Christmas Carols 101. (See [...]