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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

If You were a Christmas Carol, which Christmas Carol Would You Be?

Inspired by this post at Robin Lee Hatcher, I am pondering which Christmas Carol I would be and why.

O Holy Night moves me. Yes, even when Mariah Carey sings it.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Good King Wenceslas are such jolly tunes! (Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,You who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing.) I thrill to the opening chords.

The problem is, most of us only know the first and second verses of Christmas carols. But the real magic lies in the additional verses. An example is the perennially overlooked "We Three Kings."

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav'n replies

But I digress. Which Christmas Carol am I?

When I was ten years old, I had a small part ("there are no small parts, only small actors") in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Never a girl who had trouble projecting vocally, they selected me for my "strong voice." I opened the scene with the first 11 words of O Little Town of Bethlehem and have been partial to it since.

A humble town harboring unspeakable treasure. Like an earthen vessel. Yes, that is my answer.

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