It’s Christmas Eve Day! When I was growing up the evening consisted of the special family dinner and dessert, a Christmas lesson, opening the presents under the tree, all capped off with a midnight church service. Christmas morning brought stuffed stockings of trinkets and candy, but the Eve was the Big Night.
The Way-Back link is to the 2012 Christmas Eve post when I’d just learned that my Santa: Man or Woman post had been Freshly Pressed. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the poem I wrote to commemorate the discovery.
Now the Christmas Eve musical selections…
Silent Night. Of course, what else. The question is which one? If you’ve been following the Way-Back links, you’ve seen the Stevie Nicks one. I really like the Elvin Bishop version (and the Enya one). Tonight I’ll start with this one:
As much as I love that one, my favorite (and I know I’m not alone in this) is Oh Holy Night. Here again, it’s tough to pick one. Two long-time favorites are the Josh Groban version or the one by the incomparable Mahalia Jackson. (There’s a really pretty one by Celtic Woman you should check out.) But I’m gonna go with Patti Smith:
[Warning: Pace Change Ahead!]
Christmas Eve Day evening should be spent inside (with Norah Jones and Willie Nelson), because Baby It’s Cold Outside:
And if you’re out and driving, please be safe. To keep you company, here’s Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea:
We end at the beginning with Mannheim Steamroller’s Silent Night from their first holiday album in 1984:
For tonight’s bonus music here’s another selection from The Piano Guys:
For forth and spread beauty and light.