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  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas has always been my all time favourite Christmas song. Others have come and gone and stood the test of time but that one I dunno just always hits the spot for me. I think it is because it has a wistfulness to it. Both hope and melancholy at the same time.

    1. It’s one of those songs that can make either smile or cry, depending how it catches you.

    2. Yes!!! One that has been our family favorite for decades…particularly Rosemary Clooney’s version.

  2. It’s officially Xmas. I could listen to these all day. Wonderful. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Absolutely brilliant – and thanks for all the great videos. Have a great Christmas!

  4. Find it remarkable that O Holy Night was written before We Three Kings. What a festive treat!

    1. Yes, in 1816 was written the libretto “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”

    2. @HerrP I know- I just meant that before I watched this, I hoped it would be there.

  5. Christmas music always makes me nostalgic and sentimental. Nice medley.

  6. One of my favourites is “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” from the 16th century. The most widely known version was arranged by Praetorius in 1609. I love its simple yet haunting and solemn melody.

    Thank you for the great video and Merry Christmas!

    1. @arjenbij It is so touching!

      I also discovered a modern classical re-arrangement by J. Sandström – you can find it on youtube.

    2. I have to admit that I’m German and knew the title “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” and that it’s a Christmas song for quite some time but I have no idea how it actually sounds like or what the text is. Even crazier is that I’ve sightsung it just last thursday and don’t remember anything

    3. @Gubbl Fisch It’s a sad one – it’s from the era of the “Thirty Years’ War” when half the population of Germany died because of ravaging armies. Still, I love it.

    4. was going to comment exactly this. there’s a bit of a lack of really old / non-english christmas carols in this video.
      I also really love ‘In the bleak midwinter’, it’s got a similar vibe though it’s not as old as ‘Est ist ein ros entsprungen’. Tenebrae made an amazing rendition of it, highly recommend

  7. 14:50 the look on your face after this bit is great. Happy holidays everyone!

  8. If you ever do another “common chord progressions” video, you should include the “I-iii-IV-V” progression, which can be considered a variation of the “major scale climb” you discussed in your last such video. This progression was used in “Heart and Soul”, “Octopus’s Garden”, and “Crocodile Rock.”

    Also, it would be nice to see another “songs with unusual chord progressions” video, this time with songs by the Beatles (again), Elton John, and ABBA.

    1. I think it’s also used in Christmas Baby Please Come Home! I don’t think it’s used Octopus’s Garden though.

  9. This was so lovely. I don’t do much of a Christmas celebration but the music always feels magical, especially on a piano

  10. In case anyone is interested, ‘Carol of the Bells’ wasn’t originally a Christmas song! It was actually a Ukrainian New Year’s folk song called ‘Shchedryk’ about a swallow flying into a house on New Year’s (originally in April) and proclaiming they would have a bountiful year to come. In 1922, the first records of the song were being made and by 1936 an American composer copyrighted and published this Christmas version which we all know today.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone, I wish you a bountiful year to come!

    1. Thanks! I always liked Carol of the Bells because it was the least Christmas carolly sounding of them all. Now I know why!

    2. Thanks. I wondered about that. In 1922 my deceased mother-in-law’s family was making their way across Ukraine and Poland to come to the US. Interesting to know New Year was in April.

  11. Loved this. Such great variety and impeccably played. GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE!

  12. Thanks for all the efforts you put into this remarkable YT channel David, I really do appreciate the care and attention you put into every new post.  

    Have a great Xmas and continued success through 2023 and beyond.

    A short list of omissions:

    – Please come Home for Christmas (Charles Brown 1960) covered by The Eagles 1980.

    – All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth (Donald Yetter Gardener 1944).

    – Little Saint Nick (Brian Wilson & Mike Love 1963) Beach Boys.

    – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Roy Wood 1973) Wizzard.

    And one last addition parochial to the Xmas of 1985 here in Australia. Don’t play this around the kiddies as was the trend during the festive season of its release.

    – Hey Santa Clause (Kevin “Bloody” Wilson 1985).

    All the Best Mate.

  13. What a wonderful Christmas gift to us all. I’ve grown weary of many Christmas traditions, including the music. But your delightful playing brought back my appreciation for these pieces.

  14. “The Christmas song” is my favourite. Besides, an unforgivable miss is “somewhere in my memory” by John Williams

  15. I’ve been learning Carol of the Bells for the past four weeks in my piano lessons and it doesn’t sound nearly as awesome as the way you play it. Super impressive how you flawlessly play and memorize these.

  16. “Driving home for Christmas” by Chris Rea has always been in my top 6.

  17. I used to love Christmas so much, especially the music. It used to give me chills, lift me up on the darkest days. Last year, around Christmastime, my dad was dying, and he passed away in January. I have been trying so hard to get that feeling of Christmas magic back this year, but it all felt so flat and sad. Until today. The way you played and arranged these songs brought back all the magic and joy, and gave me those chills again. Thank you.

    P.s. ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ was his favourite, I was so glad you included that 🙂

  18. Christmas music has a lot of magic to it, and thanks to you I finally know the name of some Christmas songs!

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