Category: Carols, Songs & Hymns

Twelve Days of Christmas

It seems there is precedence to giving and receiving excessive amount of gifts and presents during the Christmas season as defined by my childhood favourite Christmas carol/rhyme, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Partridges: 1 × 12 = 12

Doves: 2 × 11 = 22

Hens 3 × 10 = 30

Calling birds: 4 × 9 = 36

Golden rings: 5 × 8 = 40

Geese: 6 × 7 = 42

Swans: 7 × 6 = 42

Maids: 8 × 5 = 40

Ladies: 9 × 4 = 36

Lords: 10 × 3 = 30

Pipers: 11 × 2 = 22

Drummers: 12 × 1 = 12

Total = 364

The receiver would be responsible for many geese, swans and has to fork out for cows to keep the maids in employment.

She has to move out of her small flat into a mansion with many rooms, where she can escape when the  cocophony of drums and pipes gets too much as well as the house party she has to throw for the raving ladies.

What can the ‘true love’ be thinking?!!! 🙂

Twelve Days of Christmas, art from www.forbes.com

Twelve Days of Christnas, art from www.forbes.com


Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree2

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

I watch the sunrise (Close to You) – Hymn

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Peter and I went to the Easter Sunday service at our local All Saints’s Church today. During the communion, a hymn was sang by the choir and it just got to me like no other. It really spoke to me. I could not wait to go home to google it and listen to it more.

So got home and googled; the problem was that I don’t really know the hymn’s title. I cannot remember the words. I was going to ask Peter to telephone the vicar about it, but could not really wait that long so went back to the trusty internet.

Deep down, I kept mulling the words ‘watch the sunrise’. I typed it and then added ‘hymn’ and like magic, the hymn was in youtube with its many versions by different singers. I chose Daniel as you cannot go wrong with him.

The lyrics was composed by John Glynn, who was born in Barnet Hertfordshire in 1948. He trained for the diocesan priesthood in 1966 and was ordained in 1977. John Glynn did not only answer his calling from God but also cultivated his passion for music. It was in January 1970 that he wrote the lyrics to Close To You, which became better known for its first line ‘I watch the sunrise’ (Thank God for that, it enabled me to search it 😉 lol). The melody was provided by his fellow student, Colin Murphy, while studying at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh, near Guildford in Surrey.

John Glynn, after 36 years in various parishes, had resigned from active ministry in 2010 at the age of 62. This did not mean retirement but just moving on to another area, where he can concentrate in his passion for making music inspired by the Gospel of Christ.


I watch the sunrise lighting the sky,
Casting its shadows near.
And on this morning bright though it be,
I feel those shadows near me.

But you are always close to me
Following all my ways.
May I be always close to you
Following all your ways, Lord.

I watch the sunlight shine through the clouds,
Warming the earth below.
And at the mid-day, life seems to say:
I feel your brightness near me.
For you are always . . .

I watch the sunset fading away,
Lighting the clouds with sleep.
And as the evening closes its eyes,
I feel your presence near me.
For you are always . . .

I watch the moonlight guarding the night,
Waiting till morning comes.
The air is silent, earth is at rest
Only your peace is near me.

Jesus Christ – Mary’s Boy

Mortons Nativity Set Photo by JMorton

Mortons’ Nativity Set
Photo by JMorton

Jesus Christ – Mary’s Boy

 

BONEY M LYRICS

“Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord”

Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible said,
Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.While shepherds watch their flocks by night,
they see a bright new shining star,
they hear a choir sing a song, the music seemed to come from afar.Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.For a moment the world was aglow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
“let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace”.Now Joseph and his wife, Mary, came to Bethlehem that night,
they found no place to bear her child, not a single room was in sight.

And then they found a little nook in a stable all forlorn,
and in a manger cold and dark, Mary’s little boy was born.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.

Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
“let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace”.

Oh my Lord
You sent your son to save us
Oh my Lord
Your very self you gave us
Oh my Lord
That sin may not enslave us
And love may reign once more

Oh my Lord
when in the crib they found him
Oh my Lord
A golden halo crowned him
Oh my Lord
They gathered all around him
To see him and adore

(This day will live forever)
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
They had become to doubt you
Oh my Lord (He is the truth forever)
What did they know about you
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
But they were lost without you
They needed you so bad (His light is shining on us)

Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
with the child’s adoration
Oh my lord (He is a personation)
There came great jubilation
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
And full of admiration
They realized what they had (until the sun falls from the sky)

Oh my Lord (Oh praise the Lord)
You sent your son to save us
Oh my Lord (This day will live forever)
Your very self you gave us
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
That sin may not enslave us
And love may reign once more

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/boneym/marysboychildohmylord.html

Christmas Decor: The Reindeer

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Christmas Decor: The Reindeer

Santa Claus’s sleigh is led by eight reindeer, namely Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid,  DonnerBlitzen and and of course, Rudolph, the red nose reindeer.

After being a victim of reindeer bullying in Santa’s toy factory because of his unusual bright red nose, Santa Claus redeemed him and made him the star of the sleigh show!

His nose was so bright that it lit the sky making it possible to fly faster and deliver gifts to children who have been good and deserving.

Let’s hear the story of Rudolph the red nose reindeer from one of the best balladeers of all time, Johnny Mathis!


 

It’s December

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It’s December

Today is the first of December, 24 days before the longed for and much awaited Christmas.

Time to go shopping for pressies for the dear ones.

Time to write those Christmas cards.

Time to order the turkey and all the trimmings.

Time to get the booze. (Don’t drink and drive!)

Time to get those party dresses and party shoes,plus party make-up.

But most especially…..

Time to give LOVE

Time to spread peace, joy and happiness

Because that is what Christmas is all about.

Have yourselves a Happy and Merry Christmas!

In the meantime have a listen to one of my favourite songs of all time.  It is by Michael Jackson, fronting the Jackson Five, of course. 🙂

People making lists, buying special gifts
Taking time to be kind to one and all
It’s that time of year when good friends are near
And you wish you could give more than just presents from a store

Why don’t you give love on Christmas Day
Oh, even the man who had everything
Would be so happy if you would bring
Him love on Christmas Day
No greater gift is there than love

People you don’t know smile and nod hello
Everywhere there’s an air of Christmas joy
It’s that once of year when the world’s sincere
And you’d like to find a way to show the things that words can’t say

Why don’t you give love on Christmas Day
Oh, the man on the street and the couple upstairs
All need to know there’s someone who cares
Give love on Christmas Day
No greater gift is there than love

What the world needs is love
Yes, the world needs your love

Why don’t you give love on Christmas Day
Oh, every little child on Santa’s knee
Has room for your love underneath his tree
Give love on Christmas Day
No greater gift is there than love

What the world needs is love
Yes, the world needs your love
Give love, oh, give love on Christmas Day

Songwriters
Richards, Deke / Gordy Jr, Berry / Perren, Freddie / Mizell, Alphonso James / Perren, Christine Yarian

Read more: Jackson 5 – Give Love On Christmas Day Lyrics | MetroLyrics
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Notable Dates in December

25 December 597, England adopted the Julian Calendar.

25 December 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned the King of England

Christmas Snowman

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Christmas Snowman

When I was a child Ive always dreamt of a white Christmas. Snow falling against the window pane, and wake up in the morning to a snow-covered garden, excitedly rolling balls of snow to make a snowman.

I must say, I would not have had a clue how to make a snowman as I lived in a country where snow was just a dream that happened in a far corner of the world where there are more than two seasons as opposed to that of just the rainy and dry season.

Apparently it was not just a matter of rolling snow into a ball.  There is a certain consistency to the snowflakes which is adequate for snow sculpturing.

Talking about snowmen, my favourite is from The Snowman, which theme tune was sung by Aled Jones.  The first time I heard it, I was totally blown away.  And the film was so charming and nostalgic.

O Come All Ye Faithful


O Come All Ye Faithful : Lyrics

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Once In Royal David’s City

This was the first hymn for the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass Service.

Merry Christmas to all.

Once in Royal Davids city : Lyrics

Once in royal Davids city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

Himig Ng Pasko (Tune of Christmas)

This is dedicated to our families in the Philippines, Los Angeles, Dubai and of course, London as well as to our friends.  We would also like to wish visitors to this site a MALIGAYANG PASKO!  MERRY CHRISTMAS

Parol, photo by PH Morton

Himig Ng Pasko (Tune of Christmas)

Gaudete – A Sacred Christmas Season Song

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One of my favourite Christmas seasonal songs is the beautiful & atmospheric  Gaudete which is Latin for Rejoice.

One of the best renditions is by the brilliant English/British folk group Steeleye Span.(video below)

Another excellent rendition is from The King’s Singers an a cappella group of choristers from and named after Kings College, Cambridge University. (video below)

Gaudete is a sacred Christmas carol which is believed to have been written in medieval times but is known from the 16th century with  polyphonic (various voice melody)  Alto, Tenor, and Bass.

In medieval times it would have been sung as a  monophonic hymn (single voice melody).

 It is a song of praise to the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus.

Below complete Original Latin text of “Gaudete”, with English translation including the refrain at the top:

LatinEnglish
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!
Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
(Out) Of the Virgin Mary — rejoice!
Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
The time of grace has come—
what we have wished for,
songs of joy
Let us give back faithfully.
Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.
God has become man,
To the wonderment of Nature,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ.
Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is born,
Salvation is found.
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.
The first page of the original version of Gaudette

The first page of the original version of Gaudette

In the Catholic faith, The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday  from the first word of the Introit at Mass (Gaudete, i.e. Rejoice)

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