This season Mark & Val’s Christmas program returns to the roots of the Christmas story. We begin with the Annunciation and go straight through chronologically to the arrival of the Three Kings. We’ll bring you Gabriel’s message, Mary’s pregnancy, Herod and the babies, the trip to Bethlehem, the birth of Christ, the friendly beasts, Mary’s lullaby, a few nowells, the shepherds, the herald angles, the celebration of the birth, the arrival of the Three Kings and a benediction, all with just the tiniest nod to the pagan origins of the whole darn celebration (see if you can find it). There’ll be a few of our favorite carols (including one version that you literally cannot hear on any other radio station) plus a few pieces we’ve never played before. A perfect playlist for the Sunday before Christmas if I do say so myself! Tune in!
Here’s what you’ll be hearing – all 37 cuts of it (tune in to hear the artists): December, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Gabriel’s Message, Cherry Tree Carol (<100 recordings of this particular version in existence), Good Christian Men Rejoice, Coventry Carol, In Bethlehem City, O Little Town of Bethlehem, A Virgin Unspotted, Lullay My Liking, Herald Angles, He is Born/Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella, The Friendly Beasts, Carol of the Creatures, Nowell Nowell, The First Nowell, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (Sweet Chiming Bells),Come All Ye Shepherds, Shepherds Rejoice, Shepherds Amazed (OK – I got a little carried away w/the shepherds), Away in the Manger/O Come Little Children, How Far Is It I Bethlehem?, Snow In The Street, Past Three O’Clock, Christmas Eve, On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Gd Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, ‘Twas On A night Like This, The Magi (poem), As I Sat On A sunny Bank, Three Kings, We Three Kings, The Twelfth Day Carol, Quaker Benediction, Drive The Cold Winter Away, The Peace Round, Ukrainian Bell Carol.