3/25 Christmas Songs

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Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent!–finally. This year, all of advent is in December. Typically the last sunday in november starts the new church calendar and the advent season, but 2017 decided it needed to be different one last time.

So in honor of advent starting– I decided to pick a song that most reminded me of the sunday’s first them: HOPE. Yep-thank you church sunday school but I remember how each advent sunday had a theme–from the songs to the bible verses and so on.

#3 – O Come O Come Emmanuel.

Advent is about preparing yourself for the birth of Christmas. Now-I dont want to get into a historical poli-religious argument about the time of year and how no snow would be on the ground and what not. I get that–honestly I do. But the song still can hold meaning even if it portrays a winter image. And a song can still bring emotional and a sense of waiting and wonderment while we wait for the Christ child.

The phrase ” o Come or Come Emmanuel” appears to also have literary significance and used to help those focus in on the coming Christmas season (see this site .) I thought how it is similar to Hebrew poetry and stressing phrases or parallels by repeating “O….”

The only thing I have to say about this one is I HATE when this one gets mondernized. It’s an old hymn. Probably the oldest Christmas hymn. And I think it should be solidfied as such. Adding electronics and pop star singing is just frusrtating. There’s a very where its just a simple female voice with a guitar. I like that. Or trans-siberian orchestra with no vocals and just guitar. It’s all good that way to me.

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Here’s the first verse. Enjoy yourselves!

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
9th-Century Latin hymn

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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