Thursday, December 22, 2011

What Child Is This?

The most moving story in all of Western Civilization is that of the lowly birth of the Christ child.

"Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Following are sixteen of the loveliest Christmas carols inspired by this beautiful tale:
  1. Angels We Have Heard on High
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  4. The First Noel
  5. Go Tell It on a Mountain
  6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  7. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
  8. Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing
  9. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  10. Joy to the World
  11. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  12. O Holy Night
  13. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  14. Silent Night
  15. We Three Kings
  16. What Child Is This?
Post a comment and tell us your favorite Christmas carol.  It doesn't have to be on this list.  Click here for my ten favorites of 2010 and here to read about the first day of winter.

1 comment:

  1. I've always loved Silent Night and Silver Bells. Merry Christmas! -T