Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What's Your Favorite Christmas Song?

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I love Christmas time and one of my favorite parts of Christmas is all the different Christmas songs.  There are so many great songs, but my favorite without a doubt is O Holy Night.  This song for me represents the true meaning of Christmas and reminds me of how awesome the birth of our savior is and what it represents to me.  As with many songs, this one has been sung by a lot of people, however you always have the version that is the standard.  All others are just imitations of the standard.  For my song the "standard" version is Celine Dion's and Josh Groban's versions.  These are both performed flawlessly and give me chills every time I hear them.  I have included a video of Celine's version below and the lyrics to the original and modern versions of the song.  In most modern renditions of the song some of the original lyrics are excluded, I have always wanted to hear it using the original lyrics.

What is your favorite Christmas song, and which version do you consider the standard?


O Holy Night Modern Lyrics
O holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night
Of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt His worth
A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine, oh night, oh night divine

Chains shall He break
For the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy
In grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord, let ever ever praise Thee
Noël, Noël
Oh night, Oh night divine
Noël, Noël
Oh night, Oh night divine
Noël, Noël
Oh, oh night, oh night divine

O Holy Night Original Lyrics
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

2 comments:

Crafty Cristy said...

O Holy Night is my all time favorite Christmas carol, because of the line "Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease." That is life transforming for me.

Third Day's version is my favorite of this favorite old hymn.

Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Kris said...

I will have to look up the third day version. Thanks for the Christmas wishes, and I wish a very Merry Christmas to your family as well. God bless.