I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and also share my favourite Christmas Carols with you.
1. Little Drummer Boy – Mandisa
One of my favourite Christmas carols since I was a little kid; it has rhythm, energy. This is my favourite version to date – we used this arrangement in our Christmas Spectacular last year. It was a rich, full sound with lots of vocalists on the platform with 4 part harmonies – HELLO!
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Coldplay
This arrangement is sweet, simple and not overcomplicated, just piano and vocal. I love Chris Martin’s honest, emotive vocal.
3. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson / Jingle Bells Fantasy
This instrumental arrangement was always playing as my sisters and I danced around the dining room table as mum fixed the Christmas tree decorations.
(She always re-arranged the decorations after we had placed them on the tree the night before … always haha)
4. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
My first christmas gig, ‘Carols by Candlelight,’ and a singer had pulled out. So I sat in my music teachers car, listened to it for the first time and 15minutes later I was performing it live in front of my hometown. Whilst I didn’t follow the exact vocal arrangement; lets be honest her raves are ridiculous ha, it is SO much fun to sing, a classic!
5. O Holy Night
I don’t have a particular favourite arrangement of this carol but there’s something about the lyrics that get me every time;
“Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born”
There words always reminds me of the holiness of Christmas; the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I hope you are blessed and encouraged as we celebrate Jesus this Christmas; the reason for the season 🙂 xx
This photo is the epitome of Christmas, growing up in the Smith Family. A good family photo in Kmart, wearing matching outfits handmade by my mum (she was really crafty with a sewing machine and glitter pens).
1992: The Smith Sisters