Advent Calendar: December 21,, 2009: Christmas Music

Christmas Music
What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?

My family listened to all of the traditional Christmas carols–religious and secular, as well as Slovak versions of Christmas hymns. I used to go caroling as part of school activities. I can’t carry a tune to save my life so I am not a big caroler, but I love to listen to Christmas music.

My favorite song is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” which I posted as my blog carol for this year (thanks to Footnote Maven for organizing the activity). But, there are two other songs I always enjoy at Christmas that bring back special memories of my mother. Mom always liked “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano–I think because it was so happy and festive.

My mother’s favorite song, however, was “Oh, Holy Night,” as sung by the late Luciano Pavarotti–she always thought his version was simply beautiful, and I agree.