I've shared a couple of my favorite redneck-tinged holiday song. Now it's time for sharing some of my more serious favorites of the season.
First up: From Handel's Messiah, two of my favorites. And no, although I love it, neither is The Hallelujah Chorus:
"Every Valley Shall Be Exalted"
"Glory to God"
A more modern Christmas standard: "Mary, Did You Know?"
From Trisha Yearwood: "It Wasn't His Child"
Only a link on this one, but I really love this duet with Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor: "A New Star Shining"
And here's the same song with Skaggs and Steve Wariner:
And I like this a capella version of "Sweet Little Jesus Boy":
(I have to admit part of the appeal of that last one is watching white bread frat boy types pulling off that spiritual with a combination of awkward white boy non-rhythm but gorgeous harmony)
For a more traditional treatment of the same song, here's another version by Joseph Shore:
What about y'all? What are your favorite Christmas songs, traditional and non-traditional?
Edited to add: A commenter reminded me of this song that I really love: Clay Aiken singing "All is Well."
Edited to add again---lksa in the comments links to this version of The Hallelujah Chorus that's just amazing:
And this one...well, there are really no words. But I'm about to head to the website to see if they still have their Christmas performance DVD available after this one. As lksa suggests, stay past the third day of Christmas. You won't regret it.