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Putting the X in X-mas

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‘For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.’ ~ Nehemiah 12:46

In keeping with Pastor Anderson’s sermon yesterday regarding the distracted and confused nature of the modern version of Christ-mas, I offer the following list of the 25 Most Performed Christ-mas Songs of the past five years.  You might notice that Christ (the first part of ‘Christ-mas’) is conspicuous by His absence.  Only one song of the lot centres on the Messiah.  One.  I wonder just how much we, as Christians, realise how much we are in fact distracted from the real meaning of this, our holy day?

 

  1. Winter Wonderland
    Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
    Performed by: Eurythmics
  2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
    Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
    Performed by: Nat “King” Cole
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
    Performed by: The Pretenders
  4. Sleigh Ride
    Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
    Performed by: The Ronettes
  5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
    Performed by: Frank Sinatra
  6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
    Performed by: Michael Bublé
  7. White Christmas
    Written by: Irving Berlin
    Performed by: Bing Crosby
  8. Jingle Bell Rock
    Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
    Performed by: Bobby Helms
  9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
    Written by: Johnny Marks
    Performed by: Gene Autry
  10. Little Drummer Boy
    Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
    Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra
  11. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
    Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle
    Performed by: Andy Williams
  12. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
    Written by: Johnny Marks
    Performed by: Brenda Lee
  13. Silver Bells
    Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
    Performed by: Kenny G
  14. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
    Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
    Performed by: Amy Grant
  15. Feliz Navidad
    Written by: José Feliciano
    Performed by: José Feliciano
  16. Frosty The Snowman
    Written by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
    Performed by: The Ronettes
  17. A Holly Jolly Christmas
    Written by: Johnny Marks
    Performed by: Burl Ives
  18. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
    Written by: Meredith Willson
    Performed by: Johnny Mathis
  19. Blue Christmas
    Written by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
    Performed by: Elvis Presley
  20. (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
    Written by: Bob Allen, Al Stillman
    Performed by: Perry Como
  21. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    Written by: Tommie Connor (PRS)
    Performed by: John Mellencamp
  22. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
    Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
    Performed by: Gene Autry
  23. Carol Of The Bells
    Written by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich
    Performed by: David Foster (instrumental version)
  24. Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed the World)
    Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)
    Performed by: Band Aid
  25. This Christmas
    Written by Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor
    Performed by Gloria Estefan
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Written by ninepoundhammer

December 22, 2008 at 7:24 am

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  1. We have had our Ipod on the “Christmas” category all week and I am happy to say that only one, maybe two of those songs are in our collection. My favorite from our collection this year being: “Get behind me Santa” by Sufjan Stevens.

    Jacob

    December 22, 2008 at 8:43 am

  2. just to give you a hard time 🙂

    Romans 14:5
    One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

    Anonymous

    December 22, 2008 at 9:02 am

  3. just to give you a hard time 🙂

    Romans 14:5

    One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

    Jackasic

    December 22, 2008 at 9:03 am

  4. Greetings!!

    While this is sad (though not surprising) another problem I have is with Christ centered songs that go too far. For example, Away in a Manger is an old favorite, but I doubt baby Jesus didn’t cry at all, which is implied.

    Also, we don’t really know from Scripture when Christ was born, so references in songs to Him being born in winter trouble me somewhat. For example, I love See Admid the Winter’s Snow (http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/seeamid.htm), both the music and lyrics, except for that very first phrase.

    My $.02

    Lee

    December 28, 2008 at 8:01 pm


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