What is your favourite Christmas Carol?

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Image taken from the “Go on, ask him for something this Christmas.” Churches Advertising Network campaign, 2003.

Each month I write a column in the Scottish Episcopal Church‘s magazine Inspires. This month I’ve been asked to theme it around Christmas Carols.

Only, I was asked this yesterday. The deadline is tomorrow.

So, I need your help, fine people of the internet. (Please leave your replies as comments to this article.)

  1. What is your favourite Christmas Carol?
  2. Why?
  3. What’s your name (and occupation)

Thank you so much. I love you all.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

5 thoughts on “What is your favourite Christmas Carol?”

  1. My favourite Christmas carol is “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. The themes of peace on earth and rejoicing sum up Christmas for me. It also has a brilliant melody and sounds great in church on Christmas day when there are lots of people singing.
    Hearing this carol reminds me of Christmas when I was younger and the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve and of seeing my relatives over the holidays.

    Heather (Student)

    p.s. My second favourite Christmas carol is that one with The Muppets…

  2. Superb! I literally laughed-out-loud (LOL) when I read your postscript.

    What a wonderful response I’ve had to this. I sent out emails to loads of people this morning and posted it on my blog (see above). I’ve had about 35 responses so far. What lovely people live in cyberspace.

    One of the email responses, oddly, said nothing about their favourite Christmas carols but asked for Jane’s recipe for broccolli torte. That might even make its way into the article too.

  3. My fave carol is In the Bleak Midwinter. Great tune (Cranham) , schmaltzy words, wonky theology and historical inaccuracy by Christine Rossetti – just what you need in a carol.

    I also love that one which includes the line “Oh pluck your cherry Mary” but can’t remember its proper name. It’s a beezer.



    225g brocolli – cut into small florets
    225g risotto rice (arborio rice)
    115g parmesan cheese (fresh)
    4 eggs (separated)
    2 cloves of garlic
    1 litre of vegetable stock
    1 medium-sized onion
    1 large yellow pepper (sliced)
    olive oil
    dry white wine
    salt and pepper

    For garnishing:
    Oil for greasing tin
    Sliced tomato


    0. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C / Gas Mark 4 or 5.
    1. Boil a pan of water. When water is boiling add brocolli and par-boil for about 3 minutes.
    2. In a large pan fry the onion, garlic and yellow pepper until soft in the olive oil, butter and with a pinch of salt.
    3. Stir in the rice. Pour in some wine, and keep stirring.
    4. When the liquid has been absorbed, pour in the 1 litre of vegetable stock, and season with salt and pepper.
    5. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    6. Next, stir in the 115g of fresh parmesan cheese.
    7. Take the pan off the heat, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
    8. Into the mix beat in the 4 egg yolks.
    9. Whisk the 4 egg whites until soft peaks and then fold into rice with a metal spoon.
    10. Add brocolli to the mix and stir this through.
    11. Grease a deep cake tin (preferably one with a spring-release).
    12. Empty mixture into cake tin and bake in oven for 60 minutes.

    Serve with salad, garlic bread, as a side dish for chicken … whatever you like.

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