It’s Friday. Christmas Day was yesterday. But why be in a rush to wrap up all the yuletide merry-making? (Hey, it’s Boxing Day in Canada.) Yours truly has been known to play “Christmas music” in July. Way I see it, it’s a shame that some of our most beautiful and best-loved tunes should be relegated to a single month. So I don’t. I trot them out whenever, often without the slightest regard for the calendar.

Besides, dontcha love the sound a world-class Italian tenor in the morning? Nobody does O Holy Night quite like Andrea Bocelli. So nice to hear this magnificent tune sung by someone who can actually carry a tune in a bucket. Or several.

Be patient with the French. It was originally Cantique de Noel.


Betcha didn’t know there’s more than one verse. Which one is your favorite?

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

And yes, he also does my favorite rendition of Adeste Fidelis. Hands down. Venite adoremus…