It is this time of the year again, when Christmas carols can be heard all around: homes, shops, offices (did we say “offices”?), train stations, schools… And Christmas lights and garlands are making our environment look brighter! The snow is all that is missing at this stage on our side of the pond, but we know that for some of you the landscape has already turned dreamingly white. We thought it would be fun to do an office roundup of our favorite Christmas songs to give you a taste of the celebrations ahead and of who we are, and what we like around here based on our backgrounds, countries of origin and cherished memories… We deliver you the musical results of our office survey.
Roll the drums and sing along:
White Christmas, Bing Crosby
Holy Night, Kings College, Cambridge
The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
Tu Scendi dalle Stelle, Luciano Pavarotti
We Have Heard On High, Andrea Bocelli
Since many Christmas carols actually started their life as poems, sometimes as old as 14th century compositions, we would like to end this special Christmassy blog post with a poetic note, wishing you all joy and peaceful anticipation for the festive season ahead!
Ministrels a Christmas Poem by William Wordsworth
The minstrels played their Christmas tune
To-night beneath my cottage-eaves;
While, smitten by a lofty moon,
The encircling laurels, thick with leaves,
Gave back a rich and dazzling sheen,
That overpowered their natural green.
Through hill and valley every breeze
Had sunk to rest with folded wings:
Keen was the air, but could not freeze,
Nor check, the music of the strings;
So stout and hardy were the band
That scraped the chords with strenuous hand.
And who but listened?–till was paid
Respect to every inmate’s claim,
The greeting given, the music played
In honour of each household name,
Duly pronounced with lusty call,
And “Merry Christmas” wished to all.
Credits: Invisible Studio