This is a versatile collection of masterfully arranged Christmas carols and hymns. The pages are beautifully illustrated with artwork from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 41 pieces are presented in either their traditional settings or as new arrangements by Sir David Willcocks. Some are set as rich chorales, others have soaring descants, and all can be sung with or without piano accompaniment. This collection was first published in 1983 and therefore is available in used condition from many booksellers for less than $4.
I own four copies of this book. It is the one my family uses to sing around the piano at Christmas time. I use it for free accompaniments and descants on the organ (blog post coming soon). It works wonderfully for ward choir as well. Not all of the selections are appropriate for sacrament meeting, as you can see from the list of included titles below. Pick up a used copy or ten. You won’t be disappointed!
Reviewer: Jessi Vandagriff
Contents: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; O Little Town of Bethlehem; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Good Christian Men, Rejoice; Angels We Have Heard on High; Away in a Manger; Good King Wenceslas; The First Nowell; O Little One Sweet; Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella; Boar’s Head Carol; Angels, from the Realms of Glory; Wassail, Wassail; Coventry Carol; God Rest You Merry; Silent Night; Sans Day Carol; Deck the Hall; Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine; In the Bleak Midwinter; Sussex Carol; The Holly and the Ivy; Lo, How a Rose; Joy to the World; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; I Saw Three Ships; Once in Royal David’s City; O Come, All Ye Faithful; The Three Kings; Here we come A-Wassailing; Rocking; While Shepherd’s Watched Their Flocks; We Three Kings of Orient Are; Patapan; Whence Comes This Rush of Wings?; The Twelve Days of Christmas; What Child is This?; O Christmas Tree; Ding Dong! Merrily on High; We Wish You a Merry Christmas