Once again footnote Maven has invited us to go blog caroling with her! It is a longstanding tradition of hers and this year I thought I would join the group.
To quote fM, " I challenge each of you to blog or post to Facebook your favorite Christmas Carol - Blog Caroling. We'll all sing along! (Blog Caroling is posting the lyrics, youtube video, etc. of your favorite Christmas carol on your blog.)"
I have always loved Christmas Carols from the time I first learned "O Tannenbaum" in both English and German. I was probably in first or second grade. Over the years I have had many favorites according to the season and my mood during a particular season.
A couple of years ago, I heard a new to me Christmas Carol. Although it wasn't as new as I thought, it was very new to me and made a huge impression on me. "Mary Did You Know?" is now one of my favorite Christmas Carols. When I hear it, I think of the 15 or 16 year old Mary preparing for the birth on her child. I wonder how scared she must have been and what she would have thought had she known what was ahead of her.
According to Wikipedia: "Mary, Did You Know?" is a Christmas song with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene. It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of the Gaither Vocal Band at the time). It reached No. 6 on CCM Magazine's AC Chart. Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album Still the Greatest Story Ever Told.
The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, being recorded by many artists over the years across multiple genres.
My favorite version is by the Pentatonix since I love acapella. Listen here
Here are the lyrics to "Mary Did You Know"