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post Dec 11 2006, 04:34 PM
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Luck and technical incompetence has come to my rescue at work as nobody knows how to switch over from the mind numbing light rock to equally mind numbing christmas carols. So unlike the other stores in the mall it is possible to escape the relentless falalaing while in our store.

Still, there are some that I welcome each year. In moderation. I'm curious as well about other peoples favourites. I like:

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Little toy trains
I believe in Father Christmas
O Christmas Tree (in German although the English version is okay)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (the wordless version and yes, it's not strictly speaking a christmas carol but it fits the birthday bash for the divine little theme)

So, what do you like?


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post Dec 11 2006, 04:54 PM
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There are only two reasonably good Christmas songs I think:

Let It Snow
Fairytale of New York

Sadly, it seems that last year a lot of Britain finally realised the truth that most people despise too much Christmas music and so decided that the only way to avoid direct problems was to play the (very cynical) latter song every bloomin' place in the country. This means that I'm left with only 'Let It Snow'.

If you ever had heard 'The Happiest Little Christmas Tree' then you will already know that it would make any torture at Guantanamo go a lot faster. That this 'song' is played to helpless shop workers without them being permitted to go on an axe-weilding rampage is just another reason to believe that we are mere play things for uncaring giant lizard overlords.


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post Dec 11 2006, 05:00 PM
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Having spent 2 hours on Thursday in the freezing cold and 2 hours on Saturday in violent wind playing Christmas carols in bands, I am debating taking a trip to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future this year. However, in jazz bandwe play an arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and I really enjoy it, so that's probably my favourite.


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post Dec 11 2006, 05:40 PM
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hmm, Christmas Carols.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Cultist is good, as is Oh Come All Ye Deep Ones. Great Old Ones Are Coming To Town is another winner, as is Azathoth.

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post Dec 11 2006, 05:59 PM
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From the topic title I thought "ooh... local Norwich band" but no, I was wrong... anyway.

I don't particularly care for Christmas songs either, Fairytale of New York is definately one of the less bad ones but, with the over playing last year (as Mata said) and then the thing being on repeat for HALF AN HOUR while I was in there with my parents a few weeks ago it has completely lost any charm. Except maybe the whole (kinda) swearing in a Christmas song.
I really can't think of any others I like, my flatmates have been going around singing Christmas songs for a few weeks now and it has annoyed the crap out of me, especially as they can't sing...


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post Dec 11 2006, 09:37 PM
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From the topic title I thought "ooh... local Norwich band" but no, I was wrong... anyway.

Me too. I saw your reply and was wondering why The Bells! The Bells! were on Matazone. biggrin.gif

I hate Christmas carols and carollers. The ones around my house only collect for the local church (which has money coming out of its ears) and always come at the wrong time of day (when we are just about to eat tea). I do like songs about snow from the 50s, though. >_<


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post Dec 11 2006, 10:24 PM
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I have to sing a choir solo for Christmas every year, so I try to find the ones I like beforehand so I don't get stuck with the awful shopping-at-macy's ones. This year it's "O Holy Night" which is a little over-the-top but nice. I tend to prefer the non-secular Christmas songs better, anyway. It's corny, but there's something about the late night cold at a church with everyone singing very well because even the tone-deafies have been going to Christmas service so long that the songs are burned into their brains--that endear them to me.



**(Having re-read it, I can't help but feel that I am going to get thrown into the Atheist Pit after writing such a Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Special paragraph. Sorry!)


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post Dec 12 2006, 02:18 AM
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*jumps up and down* We've been singing carols at school the last few days. I like the one where you put Dashing Through the Snow, Jingle Bells, and Joy to the World Together. But the version involing Barney, broken skies, and Batman.

Oh, and Deck the Halls With Gasoline is always good.


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post Dec 12 2006, 05:46 PM
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Mines been "Fairytale Of New York" for ages, but it did seem to be majorly overplayed last year. I remember hearing it so much that I couldn't listen to it for a while. But I haven't heard it for a while so I'll probably be singing along with it this year smile.gif

I absolutely adore singing christmas songs, or maybe I just adore singing in general but still I think it's fun to sing along. This year I have a thing for "Silent Night", as it reminds me of a few close people that have died this year.


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Ah! I forgot. Despite it not being a carol, White Christmas is the best song in the world next to Can't Take My Eyes Off You which is totally not Christmassy.


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post Dec 12 2006, 06:44 PM
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In terms of actual carols/hymns, I like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring. I really like choral singing.


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post Dec 13 2006, 05:42 PM
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When I saw the title, my first thought was of Poe...

I love a lot of christmas music, too much to name. I like everything from the classics, to the modern music (not all of it, but a lot of it).


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post Dec 13 2006, 06:49 PM
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I think anything in moderation, especially when it comes to Christmas carols... problem is we are tube fed them every time we go to comercialised areas from October onwards and it's just too much.

The Christmas carols I like the best are the ones I don't know well enough to call by name smile.gif


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post Dec 14 2006, 06:43 AM
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My roomate is keen on Carol of the Bells and so I've heard nothing else this evening as he searches for the perfect one to add to a Christmas CD that he's burning for his sons & wife. Anybody know of a version actually played on bells or a carillon? So the madness ends and he'll torment with some other carol? smile.gif

Actually I had a quasimodo image in my head as I titled the thread. The incessant carols driving a person mad, the person holding their ears and speaking out in horror "the bells, the bells..." Interesting to know there's an English band, etc. biggrin.gif


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post Dec 14 2006, 04:12 PM
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Being that I'm a barman, I don't think it's too weird that I thought "whiskey?" when I saw this thread title...

I like Jingle Bells, because it's simple and I like the Batman smells remix....it's also the only one I really know...


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post Dec 18 2006, 05:39 PM
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In terms of Christmas carols, I like a fair few of them, but mostly Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and O Little Town of Bethlehem (both versions).

As far as Christmas songs go, I love I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake, I'm Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea, Robert Downey Jr's version of Joni Mitchell's River, and Tori Amos' version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Plus, I will sing along to most of the other standard songs (Slade, Wizzard, Wham!, etc). I'm a sucker for Christmas songs...

...except 'Walking In The Air'. *spit*
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I love chirstmas carols. I especially love any crol which has a horrendously high descant cos that allows me to show off. O little town of Bethlehem and O come all ye faithful full into that category. I adore O holy night because ofthe fall on your knees bit. Oh and it goes very high too. I also love we three kings because of the thid verse (myrrh is mine...) I love the darkness of that verse.

Other than that I find most christmas music quite fun really. For those of you who don't like it listen to "the night santa went crazy " by weird al yankovich. You'll love it!!!


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Hmmm, my favorites for Christmas Carols/Songs.. Well, I'm usually involved in Choir around this time, so based on my favorites to sing:

- "What Child Is This"
- "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" (Not a Christmas Carol per se, but it's Randall Thompson's arrangement of Robert Frost's poem for TBB from the suite Frostiana; very pretty happy.gif)

And for listening, I'm not usually very into the "Christmas Carols" for leisure listening, but I like the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLaughlin (spelling?) arrangement/blend of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "We Three Kings"


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I like Christmas. It makes me happy. As such, I have many a carol and Christmas song that I enjoy.

"Hark! The Herrald Angel Sings"
"Christmas Time is Here" (it's the main theme to 'It's Christmas, Charlie Brown!')
"Good King Winceslas"
that song about The Boar's Head
"I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In"
"We Three Kings"
"Let It Snow"
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
"Joy to the World"
"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
"Angels We Have Heard On High"

And there's more, too. I need some hot cocoa.


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I used to loathe Carol of the Bells because it sounded so creepy, but after I sang it in choir this year, it quickly became my favorite carol.

I can't stand O Holy Night, though. A few years ago I was in a live nativity, playing Mary, and I had to sit perfectly still during that song. So now the sound of it makes me cringe.
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