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What are the nation’s favourite Christmas carols?

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Away In A Manger

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

Reginald Owen stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 film of A Christmas Carol. Leo G. Carroll plays Marley's Ghost (right).Reginald Owen stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 film of A Christmas Carol. Leo G. Carroll plays Marley’s Ghost (right).  Photo: Rex

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
‘Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

A true light: The choir of Westminster Abbey performs at Christmas  Photo: Alamy

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Kings College Choir Kings College Choir   Photo: Getty Images

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Carol singers outside a doorO Come, All Ye Faithful: carols are capable of connecting us not only with the true message and meaning of the season of goodwill, but also with each other   Photo: Getty Images/Design Pics RF

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

We're having a quiet Christmas at home...; Is this such a bad place to be?; AlamyIs this such a bad place to be?  Photo: Alamy

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree!

Children sing with gusto at a nativity playNothing is quite as heart-melting ? or hilarious ? as listening to a small child totally mangle a much-loved carol  Photo: Alamy

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

 
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Marriage dealbreakers

None of this has made Linda kick him out, which makes you think: what are the non-celeb marriage deal-breakers in 2015?

After consultation (I’m only at the nine-year mark, so still training-wheels stage), here are my top 10:

  1. Infidelity, obviously. But then again, could it be a cover for depression? A cry for help? Could it be your fault? Who cares: infidelity stays at the top of the list, unless he had reason to think you were MIA. It’s a cast-iron deal-breaker – and you get to cut up his suits. That’s fair.
  2. Male friends who come over late, drink everything, sleep on the sofa and never leave. Dave “needing somewhere to crash until he gets himself sorted” out could put as much strain on a relationship as those pesky Miss Worlds.
  3. Spending more money on clothes/personal maintenance than you do. It may be that the couple who Botox together stay together. Who knows? But if your husband is shelling out for teeth-whitening moulds while you make do with the baking-powder supplemented end of the Colgate range, those out-of-sync priorities will get you down.
  4. Him deciding to give up work to pursue some higher calling, or just to do what he’s always wanted to do. Ha ha. No. Midlife crises, lifestyle shifts in general… very deal-breaky.
  5. Him deciding to give up drink. Obviously fine provided you are also giving up drink. Otherwise… hard to find common ground after that, presumably.
  6. Incompatible friends. I think we all know there is no greater stress than hanging out with your husband’s friends whose wives give you the same feeling you get when watching Cheryl Fernandez-Versini try to be nice.
  7. Disloyalty. As in… “Go on, then: point out Syria on the map.”
  8. Secrets. Any secrets, never mind the studio flat, gambling habit, remortgage. Having secretly watched the last episode of Doctor Foster while you were doing the Tesco shop – that could do it.
  9. Doing a runner in a bad situation. As in when the bull is charging both of you in the field. Or when a known groper is heading your way at a party.
  10. A disturbing hobby: model trains, sailing. Collecting traffic cones. That’s just me, though. I appreciate that a lot of wives enjoy model trains and sailing…

Are you listening, Tom Jones?Tom Jones has released published a new book  Photo: Tom Borden