12 Days of [Christmas songs before] Christmas

The 12 Days of [Christmas songs before] Christmas is a semester break special borrowing from the traditional 12 Days of Christmas (that occur after December 25th). The point is to get you into the spirit of the season by recommending one song per day leading up to Christmas. Members of Camp Realist couldn’t decide whether to go iconic, popular, memorable, or classic. So we narrowed the list down to a bit of each.
Comments are always welcomed.  If you have a better version of the song, let me know. Do enjoy and sing along if you’d like! Or if any special memory is associated with the song, feel free to leave a reply.

7 Days before Christmas:

Here’s what y’all get instead of Pat Boone. A beautiful and simple rendition of this Christmas tune. The lyrics are by  Rev. Phillips Brooks.  His inspiration for the words came to him when he made a visit to Bethlehem during Christmas week in 1865. Some historians say it was exactly on Christmas Eve that the words were born. A few years later, the music was written for it by Mr. Lewis H. Redner and a Church hymn was born.

I’d probably be as equally moved to create a tangible record (as in historical record) of that intangible experience. Having the musical talents of Sarah McLachlan to pull it off wouldn’t hurt. Enjoy. One week to Christmas.

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