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  • Christmas Carols: Innovative Versions
  • Christmas Carols: Traditional Renditions
  • Advent Poetry by Thomas Merton
  • Christmas Cartoon Songs
  • Choir Contest Winners

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    Christmas Carols: Innovative Versions
    We Three Kings
     Choral Arts of Chattanooga, directed by Philip Rice, performs this world premiere jazz version of "We Three Kings," arranged by pianist Dave Brubeck.
    Angels We Have Heard on High
     A calypso version of this traditional English carol. From the album "A Very Veggie Christmas," Bob & Larry Publishing, 1998.
    I'm Gonna Tell My Jesus Howdy
    A quirky country carol performed by The Miserable Offenders. From the album Keepin' the Baby Awake by Morehouse Publishing.
    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
     A folk version of the carol performed by The Burns Sisters.
    Gospel Gloria
     Performed by the choir of St. Columba's Catholic Church in Oakland, CA.


    Christmas Carols: Traditional Renditions
    The Angel Gabriel
     The Fordham University Choir performs a Basque carol. Copyright 2000, Fordham University.
    Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
     The choir of George W. Bush's church, Highland Park United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, performs.
    Sing, Choirs of Angels
     The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Canadian Brass perform a medley of traditional carols. This clip features "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" with a brass introduction.
    Away in a Manger
     This and other Christmas hymns are sung by The Breda Cathedral Boys Choir from the Netherlands.
    In the Bleak Midwinter
     Sung by the Princeton Singers. Listen and read the lyrics.
    O Magnum Mysterium
     The Fordham University Choir performs Morton Lauridsen's version of this hymn.


    Advent Poetry by Thomas Merton
    Advent
     Text by Thomas Merton. From the CD "Candled Seasons," by The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir and The Monastic Schola of Gethsemani Abbey.

    Read the full text here.
    Epiphany
     Text by Thomas Merton. From the CD "Candled Seasons," by The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir and The Monastic Schola of Gethsemani Abbey.

    Read the full text here.


    Music from Cartoon Specials
    Frosty the Snowman
     Performed by Jimmy Durante. From the CD "A Classic Cartoon Christmas."
    One Foot in Front of the Other
     From the stop-motion special "The Year Without a Santa Claus." From the CD "A Classic Cartoon Christmas."
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