What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song?

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Do you have a favorite Christmas song?

There are a lot of great songs that I love listening to at Christmas time.

I love Frank Loesser’s 1944 duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. My 8 year old daughter knows all the words to the song… “well, maybe just a cigarette more…”

Another favorite is “Little Drummer Boy” by White Heart. Dude, that Rick Florian can scream! Not bad for a roadie turned lead singer.

Even though I Love The 80’s, you’ve got to admit – that version is good in any decade.

My absolute favorite Christmas Song of all-time is the traditional “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. If you think about it, the title of the song is something of a conundrum (a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun).

Everyone knows that the name Emmanuel means “God with us”. Yet, the song begs, pleads and implores the maker of the universe to “come”.

Have you ever felt that way too?

Yes, I know that God is with me, but my soul cries out for a deeper, closer, more intimate relationship. I long to know more about the one who knows me best – the one who knit me together in my mother’s womb – the one who ordained all of my days.

In a few minutes I’ll be loading up the family for the annual Christmas service at church. We probably won’t be singing any Christmas songs because the keyboard player (me) and the guitar player aren’t very good… Christmas songs are hard! I’m sure the drum machine could wing it though.

So, I’m going to sign off today’s post with the words to my favorite Christmas song, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did’st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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