Yello80s Advent Countdown day 11: BBC Christmas idents

Idents and bumpers- in the States we don’t have so much of the Christmas versions of tv logos, it’s more themed-commercials unless you count the kids’ networks. But in the UK the holidays bring out the excuse for more animation! Check out this neat- albeit shaky- compilation of BBC1, BB@ and ITV holiday idents and continuity bumpers. Courtesy sdaonline

Yello80s Advent countdown: Day 18: Jesus’ Rocking Carol

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Known as either Jesus’ Rocking Carol, Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep, The Rocking Carol, or just Rocking, it is a Czech hymn best sung by little ones like these adorable kiddies from Holy Cross Primary School: Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir We will lend a coat of fur We will rock you, rock you, rock you We will rock you, rock you, rock you See the fur to keep you warm Snugly round your tiny form. Mary’s little baby, sleep, sweetly sleep Sleep in comfort, slumber deep We will rock you, rock you, rock you We will rock you, rock you, rock you We will serve you all we can Darling, darling little man. Courtesy nsotd4

Yello80s Advent countdown: Day 17: The Small One

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I had a real thing for donkeys as a kid (no idea) and as you will see, they figure in quite a few times in my Advent countdown this year. I don’t know if they still show Disney‘s The Small One on tv as there aren’t many Christian Christmas specials on anymore on the major stations but the special is included on the Walt Disney Animated Classics: Vol. 7: Mickey’s Christmas Carol dvd (another great 80s special to come out of Disney’s last good days and directed by Don Bluth which tells you just how awesome it’s going to be!). It makes me cry everytime I hear the songs, not of sadness but just of, you know, all the feels. This is the opening number, sung by Christalee Abreu, who is on YouTube- subscribe to her channel! (I don’t have lyrics to this one, just the chorus -) Small one, small one, don’t look so blue Somewhere’s a friend who’s waiting for you Someone who need you to brighten his day There’s a place for each small one, G-d planned it that way. Courtesy TheOrangeDonkey

Yello80s advent countdown: Day 16: Some Children See Him

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Three small children with Christmas tree and presents. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s so hard for me to pick a favourite Christmas carol but being that today is my birthday, I’m going with the most possible top favourite (the favourite of the favourites?) and as I am a picky carol-fan, this is the ONLY version I have ever liked (though I admit, this isn’t one I’ve heard too many recordings of, but both James Taylor and Kenny Loggins did their own versions). Double greatness: this is sung by my most favourite of classic Christmas crooners: Andy Williams. Some children see him Lily white The baby Jesus Born this night Some children see him Lily white With tresses soft And fair. Some children see him Bronzed and brown The Lord of heav’n To Earth come down Some children see him Bronzed and brown With dark And heavy hair. Some children see him Almond-eyed This Savior whom We kneel beside Some children see him Almond-eyed With skin Of yellow hue. Some children see him Dark as they Sweet Mary’s son To whom we pray Some children see him Dark as they And, ah They love him, too. The children In each diff’rent place Will see The baby Jesus’ face Like theirs But bright With heav’nly grace And filled With holy light. O lay aside Each earthly thing And with thy heart As offering Come worship now The infant king ’Tis love That’s born tonight. Courtesy blazedbuddha

Yello80s Advent countdown: Day 15: Good King Wenceslas

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English: King Wenceslas of Bohemia and Poland (fragment), Toruń Old Town Hall Polski: Król Wacław Czeski (fragment), Ratusz Staromiejski w Toruniu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The story of King Wenceslas is an old one and an allegory of the LORD G-d’s humbling Himself to come to humankind disguised as an infant (different denominations believe variations on the deity / human duality but I’m going to use the term disguised here). He was an actual 10th century Bohemian duke who was sainted and considered a martyr. He was given the title as king after death by Roman Emperor Otto I and people of the Middle Ages would have understood this to be a title of ‘righteous kingship.’ There was an actual King Wenceslas in the royal sense several centuries after the one mentioned in the carol.  My favourite bit is the very end of the last verse: Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,  Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.  I actually favour the Mormon Tabernacle Choir version but stumbled across Judy Collins’ recording last year and wanted to include that here.  BTW, the feast of St. Stephen is on December 26, also celebrated as Boxing Day. Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even Brightly shone the moon that night Though the frost was cruel When a poor man came in sight Gath’ring winter fuel “Hither, page, and stand by me If thou know’st it, telling Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?” “Sire, he lives a good league hence Underneath the mountain Right against the forest fence By Saint Agnes’ fountain.” “Bring me flesh and bring me wine Bring me pine logs hither Thou and I will see him dine When we bear him thither.” Page and monarch forth they went Forth they went together Through the rude wind’s wild lament And the bitter weather “Sire, the night is darker now And the wind blows stronger Fails my heart, I know not how, I can go no longer.” “Mark my footsteps, my good page Tread thou in them boldly Thou shalt find the winter’s rage Freeze thy blood less coldly.” In his master’s steps he trod Where the snow lay dinted Heat was in the very sod Which the Saint had printed Therefore, Christian men, be sure Wealth or rank possessing Ye who now will bless the poor Shall yourselves find blessing Courtesy Cleopatra Records

Yello80s Advent countdown: Day 14: Gabriel’s Message

English: "The Police" concern at Mad...
English: “The Police” concern at Madison Square Garden, New York on 1 August 2007. Français : Concert de “The Police” au Madison Square Garden – New York le 1er Aout 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This particular recording of Gabriel’s Message (I love the slight beat in the background) is off of the first A Very Special Christmas album benefitting Special Olympics in 1987 and is sung by Sting (Christian band Jars of Clay have also done a recording of it). I hadn’t heard any other version of Gabriel’s Message until very recently and was surprised to hear how slowly it was sang in church! I’m with Sting on this one. The angel Gabriel from Heaven came, His wings as drifted snow, His eyes as flame; `All hail, ‘ said he, `Thou lowly maiden Mary, ‘ Most highly favoured lady, Gloria! `For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be, All generations laud and honour thee, Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold, ‘ Most highly favoured lady, Gloria! Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head, `To me be as it pleaseth God, ‘ she said, `My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.’ Most highly favoured lady, Gloria! Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn, And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say: Most highly favoured lady, Gloria! Courtesy snidelywhiplash

Yello80s Advent Countdown: Day 13: The Infant King

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Also filed under Sing Lullaby, this beautiful lullaby is one I used to catch myself singing when putting toddlers down for naps when I worked in a daycare. While the words reflect the real tone of Advent to Easter cycle, the sweet tune is from a Basque carol. 1. Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now reclining, Sing lullaby! Hush, do not wake the Infant King. Angels are watching, stars are shining Over the place where he is lying. Sing lullaby! 2. Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now a-sleeping, Sing lullaby! Hush, do not wake the Infant King. Soon will come sorrow with the morning, Soon will come bitter grief and weeping: Sing lullaby! 3. Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now a-dozing, Sing lullaby! Hush, do not wake the Infant King. Soon comes the cross, the nails, the piercing, Then in the grave at last reposing: Sing lullaby! 4. Sing lullaby! Lullaby! is the babe a-waking? Sing lullaby! Hush, do not stir the Infant King. Dreaming of Easter, gladsome morning, Conquering Death, its bondage breaking: Sing lullaby! Choir of King’s College courtesy drwestbury

Yello80s Advent Countdown: Day 12: Jesus, the Light of the World

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  There are a few versions of this song with slight variations in melody and tempo but this jaunty little tune is my favourite of Jesus, the Light of the World, sung by the Boston Camerata. Hark! the Herald angels sing, Jesus, the Light of the world; Glory to the newborn King, Jesus, the Light of the world. Curfa: We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light, Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright, Shine all round by day and by night, Jesus, the Light of the world. Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Jesus, the Light of the world. Join the triumphs of the skies, Jesus, the Light of the world. Curfa Hail the heav’n-born Prince of peace, Jesus, the Light of the world. Hail the sun of righteousness, Jesus, the Light of the world. Curfa Courtesy Edward Murray

Yello80s Advent Countdown: Day 11: People Look East

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I was introduced to People Look East in a Catholic church choir and its quick tempo makes it a favourite. The author Eleanor Farjeon also wrote the words to Morning is Broken. 1. People, look east. The time is near Of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, Trim the hearth and set the table. People, look east and sing today: Love, the guest, is on the way. 2. Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, One more seed is planted there: Give up your strength the seed to nourish, That in course the flower may flourish. People, look east and sing today: Love, the rose, is on the way. 3. Birds, though you long have ceased to build, Guard the nest that must be filled. Even the hour when wings are frozen God for fledging time has chosen. People, look east and sing today: Love, the bird, is on the way. 4. Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim One more light the bowl shall brim, Shining beyond the frosty weather, Bright as sun and moon together. People, look east and sing today: Love, the star, is on the way. 5. Angels, announce with shouts of mirth Christ who brings new life to earth. Set every peak and valley humming With the word, the Lord is coming. People, look east and sing today: Love, the Lord, is on the way. courtesy mkariobangi

Yello80s Advent Countdown: Day 10: Nativity Carol

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Another gorgeous carol performed by Kings College Choir, the Nativity Carol isn’t one I was familiar with before discovering John Rutter‘s work. Born in a stable so bare Born so long ago Born ‘neath light of star He who loved us so Far away, silent he lay Born today, your homage pay For Christ is born for aye Born on Christmas Day Cradled by mother so fair Tender her lullaby Over her son so dear Angel hosts fill the sky Far away, silent he lay Born today, your homage pay For Christ is born for aye Born on Christmas Day Wise men from distant far land Sheperds from starry hills Worship this babe so rare Hearts with his warmth he fills Far away, silent he lay Born today, your homage pay For Christ is born for aye Born on Christmas Day Love in that stable was born Into our hearts to flow Innocent dreaming babe Make me thy love to know Far away, silent he lay Born today, your homage pay For Christ is born for aye Born on Christmas Day courtesy drwestbury