A Blog-Caroling We Will Go

Today it’s time for the esteemed (if not old) tradition of Christmas blog caroling!  This great tradition was begun by footnoteMaven and continues this year as geneabloggers everywhere “sing” their favorite carols.  First up – in the non-religious category – one of my favorite Christmas songs when I was growing up: We Need a Little Christmas!  I think I liked it because it is perky enough to get you in the mood for the holidays and uncommon enough so that you didn’t hear it every time you turned on the radio.  May I present We Need a Little Christmas (ahem) ~

Haul out the holly ~ Put up the tree before my spirit falls again

Fill up the stocking ~ I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.

For we need a little Christmas, Right this very minute

Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet

Yes, we need a little Christmas, Right this very minute

It hasn’t snowed a single flurry ~ But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry!

So climb down the chimney ~ Turn on the brightest string of light I’ve ever seen

Slice up the fruitcake ~ It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.

For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder

Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older

And I need a little angel, Sitting on my shoulder

Need a little Christmas now!

For we need a little music, Need a little laughter

Need a little singing, Ringing through the rafter

And we need a little snappy “Happy ever after”

Need a little Christmas now!

For religious songs, it’s hard to top my absolute favorite – last year’s Blog Caroling Choice, O Holy Night.  If I had to choose another carol, I would pick another song that you don’t hear as often as some others: Mary’s Boy Child

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
So the Holy Bible say,
Mary’s boy child, Jesus Christ,
Was born on Christmas day.

Hark, now hear the angels sing,
A new king born today,
And man will live forever more,
Because of Christmas Day.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
Them see a bright new shining star,
Them hear a choir sing,
The music seemed to come from afar.

`Now Joseph and his wife Mary,
Come to Bethlehem that night,
Them find no place to born her child,
Not a single room was in sight.

Hark, now hear the angels sing,
A new king born today,
And man will live forever more,
Because of Christmas Day.

By and by they find a little nook
In a stable all forlorn,
And in a manger cold and dark,
Mary’s little boy was born.

Hark, now hear the angels sing,
A new king born today,
And man will live forever more,
Because of Christmas Day.

Trumpets sound and angels sing,
Listen to what they say,
That man will live forever more,
Because of Christmas Day.

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2 thoughts on “A Blog-Caroling We Will Go

  1. The phrase “Carols at the spinet” in “We Need a Little Christmas Now” harkens back to an era when a piano was a standard item of furniture for households that could afford one. My grandmother on my mother’s side of the family had an upright piano made by the Starr Piano Company of Richmond, Indiana. My mother and both of her sisters learned to play the piano, and many an evening’s entertainment was had with the family gathered around the piano, singing popular or seasonal songs Nowadays, it seems the desirability of having a piano in the home has declined. The space in the living room or family room that used to be devoted to a piano is now occupied by a big-screen TV. It might be an interesting side-project while doing genealogical research to try to determine if the ancestral family owned a piano, and, if so, who in the family knew how to play it. — Leo

  2. Leo,
    That’s a good idea. It was actually one of the “Carnival of Genealogy” topics in 2009, but one that I was too busy have a submission. My mother’s family had a “spinet” or upright – but no one played. She said there was always a friend or neighbor to come over and play. We got one when I was about 11 or 12, and I began to teach myself in my teen years. I never got that good, but I can play. And you’re right – it’s a lot more fun than the tv!
    Donna

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