VIDEO 26 Popular Traditional Christmas Carols with Festive Art by Thomas Kinkade

Dec 13, 2013

An 80 minute collection of 26 much-beloved traditional Christmas carols, sung by a variety of well-known English choirs, with images of traditional Victorian-period Christmas cards.

Be sure to set the video quality to 720p to truly appreciate the artwork on display here, it’s totally worth it 🙂

0:00:00 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Wells Cathedral Choir
0:02:58 Unto Us A Son Is Born – Guildford Cathedral Choir
0:05:02 O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Norwich Cathedral Choir
0:08:14 The Holly & The Ivy – Norwich Cathedral Choir
0:10:16 Away In A Manger – Norwich Cathedral Choir
0:13:09 Good King Wenceslas – Unknown Traditional Choir
0:16:19 O Come All Ye Faithful – Norwich Cathedral Choir
0:20:46 The First Noel – Norwich Cathedral Choir
0:25:35 I Saw Three Ships – Marlborough Cathedral Choir
0:27:40 Deck The Halls – Norwich Cathedral Choir
0:28:48 Ding! Dong! Merrily On High – Marlborough Cathedral Choir
0:30:53 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks – Kings College Choir
0:33:45 Up! Good Christian Folk, and Listen – Kings College Choir
0:35:02 In The Bleak Midwinter – Kings College Choir
0:39:39 Of The Father’s Heart Begotten – Marlborough Cathedral Choir
0:44:40 Cherry Tree Carol – Marlborough Cathedral Choir
0:46:48 Silent Night – Kings College Choir
0:49:55 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Wells Cathedral Choir
0:52:55 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Wells Cathedral Choir
0:56:16 Once In Royal David’s City – Ely Cathedral Choir
1:01:49 Sussex Carol – Wells Cathedral Choir
1:03:43 A Child Is Born In Bethlehem – Kings College Choir
1:06:13 As With Gladness Men Of Old – Wells Cathedral Choir
1:09:07 Hail Blessed Virgin Mary – Wells Cathedral Choir
1:11:22 Jesus Christ The Apple Tree – Marlborough Cathedral Choir
1:14:07 The Seven Joys Of Mary – Marlborough Cathedral Choir

The festive artwork is provided by the late Thomas Kinkade, the “Painter of Light” (1958-2012), whose snow-covered cottages and Victorian Christmas scenes you most likely will have seen adorning Christmas cards and even jigsaw puzzles, as well as on the walls of many houses. For more on this amazing artist, please visit http://www.thomaskinkade.com. There are a couple of paintings in here which are not by Thomas Kinkade, I know, but they look very nice and suit the others well 🙂

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year!!!

(Apologies, but I didn’t realize until after uploading to YouTube that “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” begins to replay for 9 seconds at the end of the video – I don’t know why, but I hope it doesn’t spoil your Christmas)

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The Smells Of The Stable

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They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.” —Matthew 1:23

A stable? What a place to give birth to the Messiah! The smells and sounds of a barnyard were our Savior’s first human experience. Like other babies, He may even have cried at the sounds of the animals and the strangers parading around His temporary crib.

If so, they would have been the first of many tears. Jesus would come to know human loss and sorrow, the doubts his brothers and family had about Him, and the pain His mother experienced as she saw Him tortured and killed.

All these hardships—and so much more—awaited the baby trying to sleep that first night. Yet from His very first moments, Jesus was “God with us” (Matt. 1:23), and He knew what it meant to be human. This would continue for over three decades, ending at His death on the cross.

Because of His love for you and me, Jesus became fully human. And being human allows Him to identify with us. Never again can we say that no one understands us. Jesus does.

May the Light that entered the world that night cast its brilliance into the deepest corners of our souls this Christmas, giving us the peace on Earth of which the angels spoke so long ago. By Randy Kilgore

Father, help our hearts to know the
love of Christ and to honor Him
with our unyielding devotion in
this and every season. We love You.

Jesus understands.

Our Prince of Peace

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Isaiah 9:6-7

Today’s Bible passage is a Christmas favorite. We love that a child was born in a stable, and that God’s Son was given from heaven. We also derive great comfort from His names—“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (v. 6). But now and then we may wonder why the world is so chaotic and unstable if Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Although this verse is ultimately a prediction of Christ’s future kingdom, the title also reflects His reason for coming to earth 2,000 years ago and His present ministry to us today.

Jesus’ first responsibility as the Prince of Peace was to reconcile sinful mankind with His Father. By paying the penalty for the sins of the world, He made it possible for all who believe in Him to have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our sins are forgiven and we become members of God’s family. Instead of being His enemies, we become His beloved children.

Christ not only secured our peace with God; He also shares His peace with us (Col. 3:15). This is an inner sense of tranquility, calmness, and quiet trust that is not influenced by circumstances. It’s like the ocean depths during a raging hurricane: The surface is tumultuous, but at a depth of 100 feet, all is at rest.

With the stress and rush of Christmas, serenity of soul is something we all long for, but it often seems fleeting. The only way to have this incomprehensible peace is to let the Prince of Peace govern our lives. When we are under His authority and have our minds aligned with His Word, His peace flows into our hearts and calms our souls.

Signs of Christmas

“Moreover the LORD spoke again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.” (Isaiah 7:10-11)

Although “the Jews require a sign” (1 Corinthians 1:22), and this attitude was rebuked by Christ when He said that “an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign” (Matthew 12:39), God has given three specific signs with respect to the incarnation of Christ. There were other signs too, no doubt, such as the star of Bethlehem, but three events were specifically called signs.

First, to the unwilling King Ahaz, He said: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel means “God with us,” and the sign of the virgin birth, biologically impossible without a mighty miracle of divine creation, assures us that the omnipotent God has entered the human family once for all.

That entrance was not made in an emperor’s palace as a great conqueror, however, but in the very humblest of human circumstances, and this also was a sign. “And this shall be a sign unto you,” said the leader of the angelic host; “Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

And there was a third sign. When the infant Jesus was brought to the temple, the aged prophet Simeon said: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against . . . that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).

That is, the God/man would Himself be God’s great sign to Israel and the whole world. The attitude of men and women to God, in Christ, would reveal the state of their hearts and seal their eternal destiny, whether rising again to everlasting life or falling forever away from God. HMM

Christ in you, the hope of glory

I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.—Galatians 2:20.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.—Colossians 1:27.

THOUGH Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, If He’s not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn. JOHANN SCHEFFLER.

THE great mystery of the Gospel does not lie in Christ without us only (though we must know also what He has done for us); but the very pith and kernel of it consists in Christ inwardly formed in our hearts. RALPH CUDWORTH.

When therefore the first spark of a desire after God arises in thy soul, cherish it with all thy care, give all thy heart into it; it is nothing less than a touch of the divine loadstone, that is to draw thee out of the vanity of time, into the riches of eternity. Get up therefore, and follow it as gladly as the wise men of the east followed the star from heaven that appeared to them. It will do for thee as the star did for them, it will lead thee to the birth of Jesus, not in a stable at Bethlehem in Judea, but to the birth of Jesus in the dark centre of thine own soul. WILLIAM LAW.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians9:15

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. —For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

He … spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. — Having yet … one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him.

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! —Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Psalm 100:1,2,4. Isaiah 9:6,7. Romans 8:32. Mark 12:6. Psalm 107:21. Psalm 103:1. Luke 1:46,47.

The kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared

The kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Titus 3:4

I have loved thee with an everlasting love.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. — The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. — Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.

As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.

Jeremiah 31:3. 1 John 4:9,10. Galatians 4:4,5. John 1:14. 1 Timothy 3:16. Hebrews 2:14.