Christmas is the most beautiful holiday ever. What other holiday celebrates the birth of Christians Savior and also enjoys the magic of believing in Santa Claus? What really makes Christmas special is the music of the holiday.
Some radio stations start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. It helps to take away the doldrums winter can cause us to feel. Speaking of getting rid of the blues, who doesn’t tap their feet when Burl Ives sings “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas? In retrospect Nat King Cole’s “O Holy Night” brings this AC Contributor to her knees.
It would be wrong to not include any Christmas song sang by Elvis Presley. He just was a very talented man.
Since Christmas brings out the heart of a child in all of us, “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” is great. Did you know that ten year old singer Gayla Peevey was given a young hippopotamus named Matilda when this song reached the top? She donated the hippopotamus to a Oklahoma City Zoo. Matilda called this zoo home for 50 years.
This AC Contributor loves to hear the Trans Siberian Orchestra at Christmas time. According to www.wikipedia.org./TransSiberianOrchestra some of the singers have been “Jon Oliva, who is also a composer, April Berry, Steve Broderick, Jennifer Cella, Joe Cerisano, Rob Evans, Tommy Farese and Jamey Garner. The complete list of vocalist for the Trans Siberian Orchestra can be found on the website, www.wikipedia.org./TransSiberianOrchestra.
I found the story to Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas album The Lost Christmas Eve. It is worth checking out. It can be found on www.wikipedia.org./TheLostChristmasEve.
In closing, on a personal experience, I have to say the greatest singers of true Christmas songs are the members of the choir in my church. Many of them have a musical background and each year their Christmas Cantata will bring tears. My two favorite songs they sing are What Child Is This and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.
This Christmas season, may you have the blessing of enjoying a cantata in your area.