Christmas carols bring different tidings to different listeners

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM.

A German U-boat sank the destroyer Oct. 31, 1941 while on convoy escort duty in the Atlantic Ocean. This was shortly before the U.S. entry into World War II.

“When I hear that song, I think of them. They’re away from home. They were having a Christmas, but not like they had at home. It was a blue Christmas for those boys.”

Janice Crose

Crose and her husband Jim have sung professionally, as well as in church and community choirs, so she can’t decide on a standout tune.

“I love Christmas songs and I have lots of favorites,” Crose said. “There is a contemporary song called ‘Bethlehem Morning,’ which is beautiful, but if you want a traditional song, ‘O Holy Night’ is another favorite. I’ve sung them both lots of times.

“‘Bethlehem Morning’ is a very different song. It’s contemporary. It’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song. It’s got five key changes. My accompanists don’t like it.”

However, the song’s lyrics particularly speak to her.

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