This song was written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and sung here beautifully by PS22 Choir in New York City. While not necessarily a Christmas song, it represents everything I know Christmas to be: peace, love and joy. I love this song and its meaning has even more significance when you know its history (below).
“And when I attempted suicide and I didn’t succeed, I knew for the first time unconditional love–which God is. God is unconditional love. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. In that moment I was not allowed to die, and something happened to me which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and knew I was here for a purpose.”
–Jill Jackson Miller, author of “Let There be Peace on Earth,” describing events in her early life that developed her unique philosophy of Peace.
In the spirit of Christmas and because I love singing so much, I am going to list My Top 10 Christmas Carols of all time everyday beginning now through Christmas.
I have many beautiful memories of going Christmas caroling and singing Christmas carols both in school and in church, as well as singing as a form of volunteering in nursing homes and veteran hospitals. While I grew up in public schools, we used to be allowed to sing about Christmas and perform Christmas plays and shows as well.
While there are many fun-loving songs at Christmas that deal with sledding, winter and snowmen, I am limiting my list to the songs that really moved me: the spiritual ones that reflect the true meaning of Christmas.
I’m sure I probably left something out (in which case I’ll have to start earlier next year with a top 20 or more!) but here you go, with my #10 song for today: Go Tell It On The Mountain.
There are many beautiful versions of this song: gospel, country, folk…I decided to share this Simon and Garfunkel version today.