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Things still to do, between 8pm tonight and about 2pm tomorrow: Pick up three parcels from two different post officey things, and another from someone's house. Wrap about 25 presents, putting bows and curly ribbon on them. Get at least some sleep.

..Oh. That's not that much, really. I shall stop panicking.

It doesn't feel like Christmas yet, even though I've just subtitled the Watchnight service from Paisley Abbey. I was shocked, to be honest - it's totally pretending to be live tomorrow night! (The Watchnight service is the kind of Scottish Protestant equivalent of the Catholics' Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.) It was going over to kids singing in Bethlehem and stuff, and talking to ministers there. And insinuating it was live. I don't expect religious programmes to do that!

What's your favourite Christmas song/ carol? Mine is... I like When A Child Is Born (yes, despite not believing a word of it - it's pretty!), and I remember one from when I was a kid called the Calypso Carol, which was brilliant! Lots of yee-ha-ing. Which more Christmas songs should have.

Edit: Hmmm. The Calypso Carol doesn't have ye-haa-ing. Must have been a different one on the same tape that had cowboys...possibly called The Cowboy Carol.

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anonymous_greg
Dec. 23rd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
It will probably feel more like Christmas to you tomorrow.

Favourite Christmas songs? Hmmm...pick something from Dr. Demento Presents: Greatest Christmas Novelty CD. Hehehehe

pickwick
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Heh - I'm quite tempted to buy that just to torment people with it. spiderpixie already objects to my christmas music though...
anonymous_greg
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's a fantastic collection! I play it ev'ry year without fail. :-D
miss_next
Dec. 23rd, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
My favourite carol - by a street - is "Hark! the herald angels sing", and I am prepared to do my level best to outsing any angel around on that one. :-)

My favourite Christmas song is "Every valley shall be exalted" from Handel's Messiah. I like the whole piece, but that solo has been my special favourite ever since I was a little girl, and, yes, it's a tenor. I've always liked to hear a good tenor... and these days my range is so low that I have a jolly good mind to learn it properly so I can belt it out myself.
anonymous_greg
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ev'ry va-aa-ley sha-aa-all be ex-aa-al-ted. And ev'ry mountain and hill made low. The crooked straight...and the rough places plain.

Oh, sorry. That took me back to my highschool days; back when I sang in our school choir. Every year our school choir and orchestra did a performance of The Messiah, with the various music instructors performing the solo arias and recitatives and whatnot. Our choir instructor (Tabor Kelly) was the tenor, and I always followed along with "Ev'ry valley...".
miss_next
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
That's the one, yes. :-) On the good side, my favourite tenor has been singing rather a lot of that recently. On the bad side, he's been doing it in Vienna, so I haven't got to hear him!
pickwick
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you might know then - is it the son of righteousness or the sun? The lyrics i had said sun, but I wasn't sure about that...
miss_next
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
"Son" would be quite logical, but it is in fact "sun", which fits in better with the next line - "light and life to all he brings". It's a nice extended metaphor, and one of the many reasons I love that carol so much.
pickwick
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's OK then! Cool - thanks :o)
rhionnach
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
I thought it was bit suspicious when they broadcast the trailer the other night! Why are they trying to pretend it's live when it isn't? Wouldn't it be better to admit it's one they prepared earlier?
pickwick
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
I think they're hoping people will assume it's live... I don't think they ever said straight out, like "Live from Bethlehem" or anything, but they're hoping people will draw their own conclusions. Weird.
simreeve
Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Deceitful.

simreeve
Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
My favourite carol? 'The Holly and the Ivy.
magda_vogelsang
Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
As a kid, I loved "Angels We Have Heard on High" because I loved doing the glorias (Now I do the alto harmony). It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is also an old favorite.

Current favorites include Gaudete, Coventry Carol and Personet Hodie (mainly because the version we're singing have cool harmonies).
pickwick
Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I don't know most of those. Though Ding Dong has Glorias as well, and they were always my favourite part!
anonymous_greg
Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ohh, the Windham Hill recording artists do a wonderful ensemble version of "Carol of the Bells". I think it's available on the newly released "best of" from the annual Winter Solstice series.
moonhot97
Dec. 23rd, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
My fav Christmas song is Fairytale of course; fav carol is the Gloucestershire Wassail.
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