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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessèd Babe was born
And laid within a manger upon this blessèd morn
The which His mother Mary did nothing take in scorn

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our heavenly Father, A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds Brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born, The Son of God by name

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place
And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas, All others doth deface

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Deck The Halls

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la, la la la, la la la
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la
See the blazing Yule before us
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la, la la la la
While I tell of Yule tide treasure
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Sing we joyous, all together
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Jingle Bells

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Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go, laughing all the way

Bells on bob-tails ring, making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright, was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank and we got upsot

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back I fell
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

Now the ground is white, go it while you're young
Take the girls tonight, and sing this sleighing song
Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh and crack! you'll take the lead

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

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Jolly old Saint Nicholas lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say

Bobby wants a pair of skates Suzy wants a sled
Jessie wants a picture book yellow, blue, and red
As for me my little brain isn't very bright
Choose for me dear Santa Claus what you think is right

Jolly old Saint Nicholas lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say
When the clock is striking twelve when I'm fast asleep
Down the chimney, broad and black with your pack you'll creep

Jolly old Saint Nicholas lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say

All the stockings you will find hanging in a row
Mine will be the shortest one you'll be sure to know

Jolly old Saint Nicholas lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say
Jolly old Saint Nicholas lean your ear lean it this way!
Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say
What I'm gonna say

Bobby wants a pair of skates Suzy wants a sled
Jessie wants a picture book yellow, blue, and red
Now I think I'll leave to you what to give the rest
Choose for me, dear Santa Claus you will know the best

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

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Oh, come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold him
Born the king of angels:

Oh, come, let us adore him
Oh, come, let us adore him
Oh, come, let us adore him
Christ the Lord

Highest, most holy
Light of light eternal
Born of a virgin
A mortal he comes
Son of the Father Now in flesh appearing!

Oh, come, let us adore him
Oh, come, let us adore him
Oh, come, let us adore him
Christ the Lord

Sing, choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God
In the highest:

Oh, come, let us adore him
Oh, come, let us adore him
Oh, come, let us adore him
Christ the Lord

O Christmas Tree

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Thy leaves are so unchanging
Not only green when summer's here
But also when 'tis cold and drear
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Thy leaves are so unchanging

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Much pleasure thou can give me
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Much pleasure thou can'st give me

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Thy candles shine so brightly
From base to summit, gay and bright
There's only splendor for the sight
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Thy candles shine so brightly

Silent Night

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Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in Heavenly peace
Sleep in Heavenly peace

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from Heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy Holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

The First Noel

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Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far
To seek for a king was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doved
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milkin
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree

Joy To The World

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Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive his King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world
The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world
With truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders and wonders of his love

Liner Notes:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Deck The Halls:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Jingle Bells:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Jolly Old St. Nicholas:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Oh Come All Ye Faithful:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

O Christmas Tree:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Silent Night:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

The First Noel:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

The Twelve Days of Christmas:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Joy To The World:
Arranger: Jody Whitesides
Producer: Jody Whitesides
Drum Programming: Jody Whitesides
Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Synths: Jody Whitesides
BG Vocals: Dannielle Gaha
Mixer: Chris Hellstrom
Mastering: George Leger III

Trivia:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:
Meaning: Very spiritual song for those who have faith.
Trivia bit #1: I layered several Taylor guitars on this.
Trivia bit #2: One of my favorite arrangements.

Deck The Halls:
Meaning: Deck is very old school for decorate the halls with happiness.
Trivia bit #1: Tons of vocal tracks on this - over 40.
Trivia bit #2: Extremely short song.

Jingle Bells:
Meaning: Be merry and ring a bell.
Trivia bit #1: Surprised that this was a public domain song.
Trivia bit #2: I've actually played real jingle bells, or rather Sleigh bells.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas:
Meaning: Very spiritual song for those who have faith.
Trivia bit #1: It's hard for me to get to sleep before midnight.
Trivia bit #2: I do have a sister named Jessie.

Oh Come All Ye Faithful:
Meaning: Very spiritual song for those who have faith.
Trivia bit #1: There is an odd measure of music in this song, can you find it?
Trivia bit #2: Lots of tracks of Taylor guitars in this.

O Christmas Tree:
Meaning: Ode to a christmas tree.
Trivia bit #1: I originally attempted to sing this in German like O Tannenbaum, I failed miserably despite all the German courses I took at University.
Trivia bit #2: Probably my second least favorite song in the entire collection, I really wanted to nail the German.

Silent Night:
Meaning: Give reverence to Christ.
Trivia bit #1: Probably the oldest Christmas song.
Trivia bit #2: had issues with time of some of the vocals in this.

The First Noel:
Meaning: Very spiritual song for those who have faith.
Trivia bit #1: Yeah, I went boy band on this.
Trivia bit #2: Surprised out how it turned out after Chris's vocal direction on me.

The Twelve Days of Christmas:
Meaning: Get all your gifts ready cause it's gonna be a big year.
Trivia bit #1: I think I did this too rigidly.
Trivia bit #2: I tracked each line with the number of vocals that it calls for in gifts.

Joy To The World:
Meaning: Spread joy around the world.
Trivia bit #1: Dannielle save my ass on this song too, I put it in the wrong key but had gone too far with all the recording to change it.
Trivia bit #2: There's a lot of Orchestration in this, my first big attempt.