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Day after Christmas anthem

To all my church-employed colleagues:
Does anyone have or know of an anthem appropriate for the day after Christmas this year? Since Christmas Eve is a Friday this year I want something fairly short and homo-rhythmic, for the most part. Thank you for your suggestions.
on October 19, 2010 8:25am
Craig, the day after Christmas is considered Christmas I in the church year, so it's still Christmas.  Choose a carol you like and sing it.  I like to use "Lo, how a rose" or "Once in royal David's city," but you can choose any one you like that doesn't refer to "this morning" or "Christmas night." I use Christmas music as long as I can!
Wendy Oesterling
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Middleburg, VA
on October 20, 2010 3:57am
As it's St. Stephen's day (as well as first Sunday of Christmas) how about Good King Wenceslas?
on October 20, 2010 6:22am
...unless there is a rousing St. Stephen's Day piece...probably not, huh? ...something about tossing the first stone? Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen!
on October 20, 2010 6:22am
There is a lovely, but long, "Anthem for Christmas Day" by Maurice Greene which is a fine verse anthem.  If you have some good soloists, they carry much of the difficult music while the choir has relatively easier parts.  But something much more approachable is Gustav Holst's "Christmas Day", a collage of Christmas Carols, all well known, and tied into a wonderful musical package.  It certainly works for Dec 26.  If you are a true purist, perhaps a setting of Good King Wenceslas would be the ticket ... after all, it is the Feast of Stephen.
on October 20, 2010 8:15am
Dear Craig,
Any version of "In the Bleak Midwinter". (Holst, Darke, and lots of arrangements of their settings)
How's that sound?
;-) Phil Micheal, retired after 39 years
on October 20, 2010 10:16am
Just a quick reminder for those in other church traditions, the Christmas Season of the church year BEGINS on Christmas Day (or with Vespers on Christmas Eve), it does not END there.  In fact it continues for 12 days, as we all know.
It does not start the weekend after Thanksgiving, as retailers would like us to believe, or in September, as Walmart seems to believe!!  But Christmas albums are still recorded in the spring, and most of them are well into production by September and reday to ship.
All the best,
on October 26, 2010 12:39pm
There is a wonderful unison anthem by Daniel Pinkham called "Evergreen".  The accompaniment is flexible and provides suggestions for a variety of instruments.  The music is unison but challenging enough to be "interesting" for your singers, and the poetry is beautiful!
Julie Ford
on November 22, 2010 6:43am
Thank you all for these wonderful suggestions. Turns out my clergy made the decision for me by giving the choir the day off! I am saving this page for future reference, possibly the Sunday after Christmas 2011...
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