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Christmas MusicMaybe as much as anything, music affects our focus and the overall ambience of Christmas. If the songs are about Christ, then the focus will be on Him. "Christmas songs" which create a wonderful non-spiritual ambience and very effectively pull the focus off of Christ are about fires, winter/snow/snowmen, man/woman love during the Christmas season, Santa, sleighs, deer, bells, presents for kids, Christmas season itself, rock or rockin', etc.Below you should be able to get some ideas about making your Christmas music more focused on Christ in the coming years.
Spiritual Christmas SongsHundreds of spiritual Christmas carols
Another spiritual Christmas carols site
Word Music's List of 100 Christmas songs (not all spiritual)
MIDIs of Christmas songs
Any worship song is good to sing at Christmas.
Spiritual Christmas Music to BuyWe have found it very difficult to buy contemporary CDs that only have songs that focus on Christ. Even the well-known Christian singers seem to do maybe half spiritual and half secular songs on their Christmas albums. So we decided to create our own music compilation of purely spiritual Christmas songs and burn it onto a CD.
What we did was to go to WalMart Downloads and download individual songs to our computer and then burn them to a CD. The results are excellent. At music download sites you can choose only those songs that you really like with styles and singers that you like. You can probably get about 20 songs on a CD, making the CD cost you almost $20, which is not bad, considering that most CDs only have 10-12 songs and cost $13-16 today. (If you have an MP3 player, be sure to choose a site that uses a music format which is compatible with your player. For example, walmart.com's format will not work on ipod, the most popular MP3 player. Just Google for "music downloads" to find the major sites.)
We'll go ahead and give you our song list. The songs are all spiritual, that is, they turn the focus toward Jesus and the significance of His Birth. If you decide to burn your own Christmas music and it turns out that your tastes are similar to ours, this list should save you a lot of time. Since music tastes vary so much, it may help to comment on ours. We generally like contemporary Christian music and artists throughout the year, but found that when it comes to Christmas music most of them tried to do upbeat variations that were just not nearly as good as when the original rhythms and melodies of the classic songs were maintained. So that is why many times we chose versions produced by older artists like Julie Andrews or Andy Williams, when normally we are not really into their style of singing. There are four songs sung by children, Golden Book and Cedarmont Kids, which you may not want, if you have no young children in the house.
Angels From the Realms Of Glory (Julie Andrews)
Angels We Have Heard On High (Point of Grace)
Away In a Manger/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (New Song)
Do You Hear What I Hear? (Andy Williams)
The First Noel (Jaci Velasquez)
Good Christian Men Rejoice (Cedarmont Kids)
Hallelujah Chorus (London Philharmonic Chorus)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Julie Andrews)
The Holly and the Ivy (Golden Book)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Julie Andrews)
Joy To the World (Clay Aiken)
The Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone Chorale)
Mary, Did You Know (Clay Aiken)
O Come All Ye Faithful (Nat King Cole)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Selah)
O Holy Night (New Song and Symphony of London)
O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Jaci Velasquez)
Pat-a-Pan/While Shepherds Watched Their Flock (Bing Crosby)
Silent Night (Amy Grant)
Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Natalie Cole)
Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Cedarmont Kids)
We Three Kings (Cedarmont Kids)
What Child is This? (Selah)
Christmas CDs with all spiritual songsVon Zwei "Do You Hear What I Hear"
We would like to develop a list of modern CDs that we know have only spiritual songs. Please tell us on the Comments/Feedback page about any Christmas CD that you know of which has only songs that have to do with Jesus and/or the Christmas story.
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