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6. Joy to the World

During December, I’m posting my Top 10 favorite holiday songs. Each song has a special story or meaning behind it for me. What stories or meanings do you have for your favorite holiday songs?

My next Top 10 favorite holiday song is “Joy to the World.”

No, not that one. This one.

Why would I choose the Three Dog Night version over the Christmas one?

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7. Maoz Tzur

Reseda High School Holiday Concert December 1976

During December, I’m posting my Top 10 favorite holiday songs. Each song has a special story or meaning behind it for me. What stories or meanings do you have for your favorite holiday songs?

Speaking of singing in different languages, this holiday song is in Hebrew, and it’s for Hanukkah. Yes, there is a Hanukkah song other than the one by Adam Sandler, and this one is the real deal. It’s “Maoz Tzur.”

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8. Adeste Fideles

During December, I’m posting my Top 10 favorite holiday songs. Each song has a special story or meaning behind it for me. What stories or meanings do you have for your favorite holiday songs?

Here is a holiday song that actually is a Christmas song. I first sang this song in elementary school, and I’ve sung it in every choir I’ve been in through high school.  (Yes, we did sing Christmas songs in public schools back then.) You probably know it by its English version, “O Come All Ye Faithful.” So, why do I call it by its Latin name, “Adeste Fideles”?

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9. Jingle Bells

During December, I’m posting my Top 10 favorite holiday songs. Each song has a special story or meaning behind it for me. What stories or meanings do you have for your favorite holiday songs?

The typical reaction to this holiday song is, “Oh, brother! Not this one again!” (I say “holiday” because “Jingle Bells” was originally written for US Thanksgiving, not Christmas.) There have been countless versions of this song, endless parodies, and that time someone appended “Rock” to the title and came up with a whole different song. So, why is “Jingle Bells” on my list?

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10. Monotone Angel

Reseda High School Vocal Ensemble performance of "Monotone Angel" in December 1976.

During December, I’m posting my Top 10 favorite holiday songs. Each song has a special story or meaning behind it for me. What stories or meanings do you have for your favorite holiday songs?

As a testament to my singing ability, I only had one solo in my first holiday concert at Reseda High School in December 1976. I was the Monotone Angel.

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