We are getting close to the Christmas season, and as I already warned my family, I am ALL IN this year. So we are doing things a little differently this year, opening song nomination for all the songs NOW.
The original brainstorm was 5 years ago. It works like this: I choose a Christmas song, and you send me your favorite versions of that song (please try to find it on YouTube, so I can link it so all can listen). Then I set up a bracket like March Madness, and we all vote. Winners advance, and we vote again. Rinse and repeat until we get down to one best version of each song. You can post versions (with links) as comments here, or on my Facebook page, or send by email.
This year, we will be doing three songs. First, a true Advent song, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”. Someone suggested it last year, I’m sorry I don’t remember who.
Second, we will find the best version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, suggested by Sienna Lundeen.
And finally, we will wrap it up with “O Holy Night.”
Here’s what we’ve done in past years:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Angels We Have Heard on High Pentatonix
Joy to the World Aretha Franklin
Original Christmas Song Breath of Heaven, Amy Grant
Silent Night Simon & Garfunkel
Coventry Carol Assyrian Singers
O Come All Ye Faithful Tasha Cobbs
Good King Wenceslas Colbert, Patinkin, Stipe
What Child Is This? Andrea Bocelli & Mary J. Blige
Amy Grant Christmas Cheerfest! Breath of Heaven
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Ella Fitzgerald
The First Noel Leslie Odom Jr. & PS 22
So use this Thanksgiving weekend as your entry into Christmas! Send me your best versions of “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “I Heard the Bells in Christmas Day,” and “O Holy Night”!
Brackets and voting will begin on December 4. Submissions are due on the following schedule (but the earlier you get them to me, the easier it is as I create the brackets):
Nov. 30: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Dec. 7: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Dec. 14: O Holy Night
Share with your friends! Get the word out! Rock the Vote!
Here’s where you can see all the Advent Caroling Madness posts.