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My Favorite Christmas Carols/Songs (Part II)

Welcome to day 2 of the Christmas Carol/Song list! Catch up with Part I here. Traditional Pick of the Day: O Little Town of Bethlehem - performed by the Marsh Chapel Choir directed by Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett

There's no question that this is a wonderful Christmas carol.  But to be honest, I'm including it on the list both because of the beauty of the carol itself, and because I wanted to post a performance by the Marsh Chapel Choir and conductor Scott Jarrett.

Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't know anything about the Marsh Chapel Choir, but I was fortunate enough to attend their annual Lessons and Carols service and it completely blew me away.  It's an amazing ensemble, with one of the most sensitive and talented conductors I have seen in a long time.

See for yourself: (P.S. Keep watching if you like "In The Bleak Midwinter" and/or "Hark the Herald Angels Sing.")

Guilty Pleasure Pick of the Day - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Harry Connick, Jr.

Fun, classic song with a wonderful arrangement by Harry Connick, Jr.  It makes the list because the opening of Connick's arrangement is maybe the best opening of any Christmas song arrangement I have heard.  It's so good, it's "bad" in jazz lingo.  So bad... so bad.

Here's a recording where someone out there created a synchronized show between the music and the Christmas lights on their house. Would I do this with my free time? Probably not. But the song still rocks.