Stories behind the best-loved songs of Christmas

by Collins, Ace.

Format: Print Book 2001
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Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over thirty favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you've never met, stories you've never heard, and meanings you'd never have imagined. The next time you and your family sing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," you'll have a new understanding of its message and popular roots. You'll discover how "Angels from the Realms of Glory," with its sublime lyrics and profound theology, helped usher in a quiet revolution in worship. You'll learn the strange history of the haunting and powerful "O Holy Night," including the song's surprising place in the history of modern communications. And you'll step inside the life of Mark Lowry and find out how he came to pen the words to the contemporary classic "Mary, Did You Know?" Still other songs such as "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" trace back to mysterious origins--to ninth-century monks, nameless clergy, and unknown commoners of ages past. Joining hands with such modern favorites as "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," they are part of the legacy of inspiration, faith, tears, love, and spiritual joy that is Christmas. From the rollicking appeal of "Jingle Bells" to the tranquil beauty of "Silent Night," the great songs of Christmas contain messages of peace, hope, and truth. Each in its own way expresses a facet of God's heart and celebrates the birth of his greatest gift to the world--Jesus, the most wonderful Christmas Song of all.

Angels, from the realms of glory
Angels we have heard on high
Away in a manger
The Christmas song
Do you hear what I hear?
The first noel
Go tell it on the mountain
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Good Christian men, rejoice
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! the herald angels sing
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
I heard the bells on Christmas day
I wonder as I wander
I'll be home for Christmas
It came upon the midnight clear
Jingle bells
Joy to the world!
Mary did you know?
O come, all ye faithful
O come, o come, Emmanuel
O holy night
O little town of Bethlehem
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Silent night
Silver bells
There's a song in the air
The twelve days of Christmas
We three kings of orient are
What child is this?
White Christmas.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Collins is an ace at song history, dispensing compendiums of song backstories that are nothing if not tasty--quite a feat, given the saccharinity of popular-music commentators in general. His custom is to tell how a song came to be written and popularized, capping the resultant article with a snippet about its commercial track record, if appropriate; quite often in this book, it isn't. Many a Christmas song peaked in popularity long before Bing Crosby or Judy Garland could have had a first-time chart-topper with them. Of course, Bing did make "Silver Bells" a hit, Judy scored with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and Collins is fully in his element with those and other twentieth-century entrants into the Christmas canon. Not that he doesn't tell a good tale about each of the 31 entries in this book. It's just that, with the old songs, he can't impart facts such as the one he drops about "Silver Bells" --to wit, as Der Bingle moaned about many other things, Hope did it first. --Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This year, at least three different titles explore the origins of well-known Christmas carols. Ace Collins's Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas takes on more than 30 popular songs and hymns, from classics such as "O Holy Night" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" to the contemporary Christian hit "Mary, Did You Know?" Secular numbers such as "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" also get their due in this attractively designed gift book. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Carols, English -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Christmas music -- History and criticism.
Christmas music.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Mich. :Zondervan,2001
Language English
Description 192 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN 9780310239260
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