Did you vote …

… for your favourite carol?!

For the last two Sundays, church members have been invited to nominate their favourite carols as we approach the Christmas season.

There were ten carols listed, and space for suggestions. The results were calculated using a complicated system to integrate those who ticked all their choices while others ranked them in order. Additional value was given to those carols suggested by more than one individual, since if included in the poll they too would have gained a number of votes.

The listed carols were …

In the bleak midwinter
Hark the Herald Angels sing
While shepherds watched
Silent Night
O little town of Bethlehem
O holy night
God rest ye merry, Gentlemen
O come, all ye faithful
Once in Royal David’s city
From the squalor (Immanuel)

Additional carols suggested by more than one person …

Away in a manger
The Calypso carol (See him lying)
It came upon the midnight clear
Angels from the realms of glory

And the results? In first place, with a clear margin, is Silent Night

2nd – In the bleak midwinter and Hark the Herald Angels sing
3rd – Once in Royal David’s city
4th – O come all ye faithful and God rest ye merry, Gentlemen
5thO little town of Bethlehem

Other honourable mentions include … O holy night, Away in a manger and The Calypso carol.

Surprisingly, While shepherds watched and From the squalor were both relatively unpopular overall, while one carol aroused contrasting emotions – God rest ye merry, Gentlemen  came either at the top of the list, or right at the bottom … rather like Marmite, you either love it or hate it!

If you didn’t vote, let us know your thoughts by commenting on this post. And if you want to sing some of our top carols, then join us at either of our carol services, at St Barnabas on Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm or at St Michael’s on Sunday, December 23rd at 11am. Come in good voice!

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