The first Christmas album I remember buying after we were married was one by “the Queen of Gospel,” Mahalia Jackson. You can hear that entire album here. (She also did an impressive version of another song on this blog, “Amazing Grace.”)

One of the highlights of our brief time in North Carolina was the opportunity to enjoy good Gospel music at various community events. Here in the Northwest, you can often expect to hear folk music. In the South, likely as not, it will be Gospel.

One of my favorites from Jackson is “Silent Night,” one of the world’s most popular Christmas Carols. Apparently there are at least 227 versions of the song, in 142 languages. I wish you peace during this holiday season.

Lyrics here, with video below.

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