Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baby Jesus' greatest hits

An entire blog has been started to discuss the most popular Christmas carols. “Liberal Baptist” blogger Leland Ross lists the 12 “greatest hits” for Advent and Christmas carols, as measured across 24 hymnals:
  • Angels from the realms of glory
  • Angels we have heard on high
  • Away in a manger
  • Hark the herald angels sing
  • It came upon the midnight clear
  • Joy to the world
  • O come, all ye faithful
  • O come, O come, Emmanuel
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Silent night, holy night
  • The first Noel
  • What child is this
I understand all of them except “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” Why is that ahead of these next four?
  • While shepherds watched
  • Go tell it on the mountain
  • Come thou long-expected Jesus
  • We three kings of orient are
The last of these is obviously for Epiphany.

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