Thursday, January 05, 2006

Wither Christmas songs?

Am I the only one who attends a parish that recycles the same 5 or 6 Christmas songs over and over all season? I mean, we only get Christmas for two (or three?) Sundays anyway, the only time all year we can access the great Christmas hymnody that our Church has. And we always get stuck with the warhorses-- "Joy to the World", "O Come All Ye Faithful", "The First Noelle", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "What Child Is This?" What about "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear?" "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (which is one of my favorites, but probably too politically incorrect!), "Of the Father's Love Begotten", "The Holly and the Ivy", "Angels from the Realms of Glory", "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!", etc? Why is it always the same five? I'm starting to get a wee bit irritated. And we don't even do "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", which I love .

Do other parishes do this? Or is it just mine? Have we really sunk to the musical low of not being able to sing more than 5 or 6 songs and writing the others off as "too hard" or "too old"? Say it ain't so!

Mel--play me a good Christmas song, quick!

1 comment:

antonia said...

my Church is not too bad with Christmas songs, they have quite a large selection and I've heard the majority of the ones you listed this year (including 'Hark! the Hearald Angels Sing' at midnight Mass!).

But during the rest of the year there are only about 25 or 30 songs that they sing and recycle every few weeks! It's not too bad though, as that way the congregation actually know them all and sings along!