Friday, December 16, 2011


        Christmas carols are a part of the celebrations every year and we get to hear them on our radio stations from as early as November in Jamaica. Over the years Janine and I have enjoyed a wide variety - traditional, reggae,calypso, disco, soul, you name it.
         Above is a beautiful little book of Christmas carols that Janine received as a gift many years ago. It became a special book for us and has been used among our decorations.  It has in 14 carols:
         1.Good King Wenceslas
         2.I Saw Three Ships
         3.O Little Town of Bethlehem
         4.Ding, Dong! Merrily on High
         5.O Christmas Tree
         6.The First Nowell
         7.Behold, a Lovely Flower
         8.Unto us a Boy is Born
         9.While Shepherds Watched
        10.We Three Kings
        11.Here We Go Up to Bethlehem
        12.The Holly and the Ivy
        13.Silent Night! Holy Night!
        14.We Wish You a Merry Christmas
   Some are our favourite carols but one that is missing is "Joy To The World."  What are some of your favourite Christmas carols?         


Lisa said...

I love Christmas carols! When I was a kid, they used to give out a free little book of carols at the public library at Christmastime and I'd learn to tinker with them on the piano thanks to that book.

P.S. I found your blog on Fun Friday Blog Hop. Check out mine if you get a chance!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for your comments. I wish I had continued with piano lessons. Anyway I could play the recorder. Christmas carols are definitely a wonderful part of the season. I will definitely visit your Blog. Have a good holiday season.

Lisa said...

You just about named all of my favorites. I love Silent Night, Joy to the World and O Holy Night the best!

What a wonderful keepsake!

Many blessings,

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Lisa,
This book is really special.I also like the carols that are your favourites. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. God Bless.

May said...

Back in those days, i was a member in my church choir and i can remember when we go house to house to sing some christmas carols to families. Joy to the world is one of my best and i also love SILENT NIGHT.

Sandee said...

It would be hard for me to decide which are my favorites. I love them all.

Have a terrific day Judy. :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Sandee,
These are really popular carols. Take care and have a good weekend.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi May,
I note that you can sing!:) I used to be a member of the Glee Club at my high school. 'Joy To The World' and 'Silent Night' are really lovely carols. Have yourself a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

The book is so lovely, it reminds me of childhood. Christmas Carols are dear to my heart, they bring peace to my days.
My favourites are:
Silent Night! Holy Night!
Joy to the World

Have a beautiful week-end Judy!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks MarieHarmony! I also wish you a wonderful weekend.

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Oh what fun to get out and sing to your neighbors! Our Church does this every year but it is always when my Aunt has her Christmas party so my Aunt wins ;D I love to sing any Christmas carol. I am so bummed to be recovering from bronchitis right now. I don't have enough breath to let the full volume of my soprano voice fly. Hopefully I will be mended enough by Sunday to sing :D

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi SocialStudiesSoubrette,
I hope your will have a quick recovery from bronchitis so you can have a good time singing Christmas carols and enjoy the rest of the holiday season. Take care.

Linda said...

Hi Judy....Happy holidays!
Christmas carols are always wonderful. I also wished I had not quit my piano lessons. I guess it's never too late.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Linda! Happy Holidays to you too!

Melanie B said...

Oh wow! That's really nice! I love those songs :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Truly lovely songs Melanie B! Have a great holiday season.

S. Yissele Gallo said...

Beautiful Book! I Like your Blog! I'm following foe Facebook, GFC & Twitter! I hope your visit! Have a wonderful Weekend!


Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks S. Yiselle Gallo! I will definitely follow back. Have a good weekend.

Jenny said...

That is a beautiful book! I have been trying to sing Christmas carols to my girls and I keep having to go online and look up the words...I have serious forgetfulness of some of the words. I would love to have a book like that. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up with us :)

Xmas Dolly said...

That's beautiful. Came from Java's just to follow you! Hi Nice to meet you. Happy Holidays & have a great weekend.

The Belly Dancer said...

Judy I love the book!

New End Studio said...

Years ago the local newspaper used to include an illustrated Christmas carol sheet music booklet, which I looked forward to each year. With political correctness run amok, there's barely a mention of Christmas (apart from adverts.) and the carol music sheets are long gone.

One that always moves me is, "O, Holy Night." There are so many favorites, but that is a traditional favorite.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi New End Studio,
I am sorry to read that you are not getting the Christmas carol booklet again. "O Holy Night" is really a lovely carol. Happy Holidays to you.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks The Belly Dancer. Take care.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Xmas Dolly! I will definitely follow back. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Jenny! I wish you and your family an enjoyable holiday season.

Felis said...

I like a little drummer boy :).

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Felis,
Thanks for reminding me about "The Little Drummer Boy!" It is a popular carol and I also like it. Happy Holidays.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Judy,

My favorite is Silent Night!


Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Dee,
"Silent Night" is a lovely carol. Do have a wonderful weekend.

Mom Daughter Style said...

that's indeed a very pretty book. I love classic Christmas songs.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Mom Daughter Style! Happy Holidays.

Maria said...

hi judy!! happy sunday! that is a beautiful book. i love the design and the angels on the cover. very pretty.
i'm such a huge fan of christmas songs. i could listen to them all year round (and sometimes i sneak a few in there lol)
they have such beautiful, meaningful lyrics always.
i hope that you're enjoying your weekend. thinking about you and sending you love from PA!!
have a happy sunday <3

Anji said...

I think your book covers all of my favourites. When I was very small my dad was a shepherd, so I always liked 'While Shephers Watched'. 'Good King Wenceslas' was always special for me too; One year at school I sang the solo to 'Once in Royal David's City', my tummy flips with nerves when I hear the opening bars of that one!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Anji,
I am happy that this book has in several popular carols. Take care and have a good week.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hello there Maria,
Christmas carols are really lovely. I like the fact that this book not only has the words and music for these carols but it is so beautiful that I use it as part of our decorations!:) Well, we are heading down to Christmas! I am here keeping the faith and always trying to lift my spirit even when it is difficult. Take care and have a wonderful week.
Lots of Love & Friendship always,

Candice said...

I love First Noel, Silent Night, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas...some of my favorites! J has been singing Christmas songs all around the house this week...too cute!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Candice,
The carols you have mentioned are also among my favourites. It must be a joy to hear J singing!:) Happy Holidays!

jellybelly said...

I love Silent Night sung by Frank Sinatra.

Visiting from Friday bloghop and Merry Christmas!

The Twerp & I

Judy Haughton-James said...

"Silent Night" by Frank Sinatra is indeed lovely. Happy Holidays to you!

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