Christmas Carols – The holly and the ivy

Hello everyone,
Today’s December 3rd and we’re continuing the Carol series. Today’s song is a very British song (did I mention that one of my great, great-grandmother’s was British? Well now you know :-p). I love singing it with a choir, it’s one of those songs that needs all the parts together to really fly. One year in uni we perforned the song for our carol service (I was in consistently in the choir), it was so beautiful, everyone was smiling as we sang it, not during the rehearsals though. Our choir director was a perfectionist and a sweetheart (in case he sees this, Ekpa you know I have crazy love for you)
Let’s welcome today’s entry, the holly and the ivy.

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The Holly and the Ivy
The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.

Refrain:
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet saviour
Refrain

The holly bears a berry as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.
Refrain

The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn.
Refrain

The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all.
Refrain

I’m thinking of doing a Christmas stories series, do you think I should? Please let me know in the comments section.

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