12 Days of Blogmas 2021, Day 7 – Christmas: Yay! Christmas Carols

I love Christmas carols and if I was pressed to pick my favourite one then it would be ‘O Holy Night‘. Do you have a favourite Christmas carol? You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy the music.

HTB Christmas Carols

Every Christmas I look forward to attending Holy Trinity Brompton’s (HTB) Carols by Candlelight service. Tickets are free but this year the number of tickets issued was limited so I watched it online. That meant I could sing along at the top of my voice without any care of the world, you really don’t want to hear me singing.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the Alternative Carol service which is also free to attend. With the new COVID variant hitting both performers and the UK in general, it was only available online. So I sat down to watch it at home.

What I love about the services that HTB run during Christmas is that they have both a traditional and alternative service. As the name infers, a traditional service involves singing all those traditional Christmas hymns you hear at churches. The alternative service brings together a number of talented people, from the congregation and church staff, who give their twist on the carols. In previous years, there has been painting to music, poems read and drama skits. It truly is an amazing thing to watch.

You can watch the complete replay of Carols by Candlelight and the Alternative Carol service on YouTube.

Hillingsong Christmas Carols

Every year Hillsong put on a musical production at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK. It’s been a few years since I’ve been but the tickets back then cost £5. They even feature someone from Britain’s Got Talent or X-Factor.

I don’t attend every year as I find it can get repetitive. Unfortunately this year, it was cancelled however it is one I would definitely recommend seeing. I’m always excited when they sing ‘A Drummer Boy/Oh Come All Ye Faithful‘.

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