Let me start by announcing that I LOVE christmas music, from pop songs to choral psalms I love them. This year I’ve been to a massive XXX carol concerts and would happily do them all over again.
Ding Dong Merrily on High!
Favourite religious carols include:
- Silent Night
- Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
- In The Bleak Mid Winter
- Away in a Manger
- O Holy Nigh
Favourite pop songs:
- Fairytale of New York (obvs!)
- Winter wonderland
- Jingle bell rock
- Silver Bells
- Santa Baby
I could go on!
This year I heard a Christmas song I had never heard before and here is a perfect place to share it. I can only find this recording by The Connecticut Choral Society. Its just beautiful!
Phrases. This is where I think the Dutch and the English language differ in their little phrases and nuances. For “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” the Dutch say “Prettige Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!”.
At Christmas we love to sing songs, hell I love a good old sing song any time of the year but other people are more inclined to join in in December. I love hearing Christmas carols let alone hearing them in different languages. My Christmas playlist isn’t the same without Feliz Navidad.
Here are a few classic carols in Dutch or Kerstliedjes. You can tell what they are due to our languages being so similar, they sound rather majestic too. Give them a listen and see what you think! Obviously the pop music versions are all the same, I think the entire world knows a Slade song or two but in terms of the classics every language has their version. I heard the German version of Band Aid 30 yesterday, that was interesting.
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