Friday, December 20, 2013

Favorite Christmas songs.



Kenny and Dolly Once Upon a Christmas





The Judds




Amy Grant.
Both of her Christmas albums (heh) are wonderful.


I like Kathy Mattea and don't want to hear anyone sing Mary did you know, except for her.

And John Denver.




So pretty.





Hearts grown warmer with the cold.


Wishing you hearts warmed by beautiful songs and sights and love.

XOXO
Donna

37 comments:

  1. Donna,
    You've many of my faves, too. Thanks for sharing the videos. Regarding Amy Grant, you mean you didn't *love* her 3rd album? I think there was only one good song on the whole thing. Too commercial and over-produced. Have you listened to any of the new albums this year like Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red?

    hmbalison

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  2. Amy Grant must make the bulk of her royalties in December. The only Christmas song of hers that I love is Heirlooms.....

    For my money, Chris Rice singing "Welcome to our World" is as good as it gets.

    And I adore Bing and Bowie. Makes me weep.

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    1. Chris Rice and WTOW is awesome - I totes agree.

      I like Classic Bing - the White Christmas album is so firmly etched into my childhood. We ALWAYS listened to it while putting up the tree :-)

      Steph, not to sound like I'm sucking up, but honestly I have loved listening to your Advent recording. Truly it has blessed me in the quiet times, first thing in the morning. xxx

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    2. Welcome to our world is a lovely, newish song for me.

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    3. Thank you dear Swissy missy. It has been a joy.

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    4. And we are all-John-Denver-all-muppets too. Love it!!

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    5. I heart The Muppets Christmas Carol :-)

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    6. It's not Christmas season until I watch Bing and Bowie sing.

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  3. Donna, I was able to hear Kathy Mattea in Anchorage about 2 years ago. She sang all her best songs, and then had a time of taking requests from the crowd. Even though it was October, someone asked for "Mary did you know" and she happily obliged. Oh my lanta, talk about goose bumps. BTW, she was super nice. It was a night to remember.

    I had never heard the song you included by the Judds. I do love them.

    I had an Anne Murray recording that I got at Hallmark years ago, and I've lost it. It was one of my all time favs. Along with the Carpenters Christmas Album. I guess I have a fondness for gals who can sing kinda low :-)

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    1. My mom loved Anne Murray.

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  4. Steph, that Bleak Midwinter that you posted years ago is my all time favorite. So perfect, it makes me cry.

    And Susan, I agree. Steph and Advent. A great combo!

    Claire has been playing a record on her turn table that my family played when I was little. Christmas Moods: 101 Strings. Pre-K I scribbled on the cover "Whole Family". The scrawl is so earnest, it makes me smile. I wonder if I went around the house autographing our family's things with their owners. What a phase that would have been for my dear mother!

    Off to finish errands...Lord have mercy!

    Love,
    Di

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  5. Anonymous11:38 AM

    It's whatever speaks to your soul, isn't it? I like your choices. Some of my favorites are The Lord's Prayer by Andrea Bocelli, O Holy Night by Martina McBride and Silent Night by Sugarland...those are the "serious" ones. I love The Judds. I have a variety of Christmas music on my itunes.

    May your day be merry and bright!
    Sarah P. from Iowa

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    1. hi Sarah P :-)

      O Holy Night by Martina McBride is one of my all time favorites of a beloved song. "A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices!" Yes!

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  6. Faith Hill's "A Baby Changes Everything." That song has special meaning to me, particularly last year. In Nov. 2011, our son left his wife of 7 years. He soon started dating someone and they became pregnant. There was a lot of hurt, tears, anger and disappointment. Our first grandchild was born in Oct. 2012. Through him (and Him) there has been much healing. I realize Faith Hill's song is talking about Christ, but for me when I hear her song I think about how much change of heart that little baby grandson brought us.

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    1. Just need to give you a hug {{{{{Jody}}}}}

      Blessings,
      Tammy ~@~

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    2. Thank you, Tammy! It's such a blessing being a part of the QL community.

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  7. Oh Jody. What s year. You inspire me.

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    1. Donna, it has indeed been a difficult couple of years - so grateful for the support of friends both near and far!

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  8. Janice12:20 PM

    So, nothing from the Muppet's Christmas album then?

    I love all your choices and might have to add a Harry Conick, Jr song or two.

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    1. I hate the Muppets. They are obnoxious and not funny.

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    2. Janice2:27 PM

      I know, silly. I like to tease.

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  9. Anonymous12:56 PM

    I was just listening to Breath of Heaven on my way to work this morning! I love that one. I echo a lot of the favorites above and will add Andy William, Charlotte Church, Rebecca St. James and Michael Buble as well. One of my favorite songs is Sweet Baby Jesus by my hubby. Sweet, simple happy birthday song for Jesus. Love it.

    Mary Z

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  10. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Gotta say, Clay Aiken does a beautiful version of Mary did you know..............Aaron Neville does a very sweet soulful Oh Holy Night. Love the music this time of year. Karen F.

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  11. Anonymous1:19 PM

    Trisha Yearwoods' "The Sweetest Gift" is one of my most favorite Christmas albums to listen to. Shortly before my mom passed a few short years ago, we were able to fly her out to visit us for Thanksgiving (from the Northwest to the Southeast!). One evening, I drove her around the beach neighborhoods at night to look at Christmas lights. My mother had always been an avid opera and classical music fan. I had Trisha in the CD player. As our drive started, I reached to take the CD out and put in something more along my mother's liking. She said, "Oh no, you don't have to do that. I like this, She has such a pretty voice. Who is she?" :) Listening to Trisha every Christmas brings back such sweet memories of that beautiful, peaceful evening with my mom in the car, and how she came to love and cherish that CD as well. Merry Christmas!

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    1. That is so very sweet. I'm glad you have this special memory. I would probably like it....I seem to like the country singers for Christmas.

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  12. Anonymous3:40 PM

    My favorite Christmas album is probably Michael W. Smith's Christmastime. We have enjoyed it for years, along with Amy Grant's and, yes, Kenny G. (great for putting up the tree). This year I bought a new one- James Taylor's Christmas CD and I absolutely love it, with the exception of Jingle Bells (not overly fond of his rendition) but the rest is wonderful. Oh, and I love Tony Bennett's Christmas CD, too. I listened to it in the car on my way home from work yesterday. So mellow, so beautiful.

    Debbie Z.

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  13. Amy Grant's first Christmas album is my all time favorite. Johnny Mathis singing anything Christmas makes me smile. Merry Christmas, Darling by the Carpenters and Let It Be Christmas by Alan Jackson have to be mentioned, too. ;)

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  14. That Carpenters song is the best. I'm gonna go listen now.

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  15. Sandy7:07 PM

    I LOVE John Denver's Aspenglow! Brings back memories of when my babies were small many years ago at Christmas time, listening to the record on the stereo. Oh dear, my eyes are watering...
    Love reading your blog, Sandy from MN

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    1. Anonymous6:54 PM

      Just got home from purchasing CD, thanks for reminding me.

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  16. I'm not even going to bother putting down what I like to listen to at Christmastime....I just kept saying, "Yes, and yes, and yes that one, too, and yes, and yes......" hee hee....

    My favorite Christmas music would be.......the memory of sitting next to my mom in church during December and hearing her harmonize all of the Christmas hymns. I'm having such a hard time with all the music at church this year.....so teary, so emotional. Just miss my mom extra much this year.

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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    1. Anonymous9:03 PM

      Oh, Tammy. Hope the music and memories of your mom singing eventually bring more joy than sadness. (((Hugs))) to you.

      Mary Z

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  17. Also love Peter Paul and Mary's God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    Born in the Bethlehem
    Love STILL STILL STILL
    and Bring a Torch..
    Love me John Denver and Merry Christmas Little Zachary Merry Christmas EVeryone

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  18. Anonymous8:27 PM

    Finally here tonight and like Tammy I am saying yes to all the songs listed. Today we got to hear preschoolers "sing" their way through the birth of Jesus from St. Luke with the priest reading the bits between the songs. Our Vera was the only angel without a halo (doesn't like things on her head, thank you very much) and also the only dancing angel…but oh the joy in that face. And, I prayed "Thanks be to God!" through the whole twenty minute program.
    love and prayers, jep

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    1. Vera sounds precious! What a sweet time that must have been. Thanks be to God indeed!!! <3

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