The second weekend of December will probably include more church Christmas concerts, cantatas, pageants, and services than any other time in the month. Indeed, my own church choir will be presenting two performances of its concert this weekend. The program will include beautiful Christmas carols and songs, performed by our 115 voice Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Choir, organ, brass, and harp, along with meaningful and tasteful narration and lighting. The music will include settings by such luminaries as Sir David Willcocks, Stephen Paulus, and Mack Wilberg. We will in fact be closing the concert with a fairly recent arrangement of O Holy Night by Mr. Wilberg that promises to touch every beating heart in the audience.
That leads me to my question of the day. There is absolutely so much beautiful Advent and Christmas music available for performance. My challenge each season seems not to be what to select to perform, but rather what to exclude! So, what is your favorite Christmas selection (or selections, if you can’t narrow it down to just one)?