Make Happy Noises – The North State Journal



Flag of North Carolina. Christmas tree branch with a flag of the North

As the Christmas season shifts into high gear, Christmas carols and hymns fill the air. We are reminded that cheerful sounds are appreciated by God. Christmas tunes – new and old – bring us together to celebrate the season and the salvation that came through the birth of Jesus Christ.

We interviewed the editors and editors of the North State Journal to share a collective reading list of Christmas classics and personal favorites from our staff to your family. You’ll see North Carolina born as James Taylor and Far Too Jones (find this reference to the Crabtree Valley Mall in “Christmas Time”) and native sons Charlie Daniels and Ronnie Milsap. We hope this list allows you to explore some arrangements you haven’t heard and maybe discover a new vacation favorite.

Psalm 100: 1-2

Make a happy noise at the Lord, you all land. 2Serve the Lord with joy: come before his presence singing.

North State Christmas – available on Spotify at

“Christmas Time” – Far Too Jones

“I’ll be home for Christmas” – Ronnie Milsap

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Charlie Daniels and Evelyn Cox

“Christmas in Dixie” – Alabama

“Go say it on the mountain” – James Taylor

“Dominick the donkey” – Lou Monte

“What child is this? “- The Charlie Daniels group

“Long live the wind?” – Barbra Streisand

“Silver Bells” – Ronnie Milsap

“Holy night” – Celine Dion

“Christmas Eve / Sarajevo” – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

“Under the tree” – Kelly Clarkson

“Have a Merry Little Christmas” – Frank Sinatra

“Peace on Earth / Little Drummer” – Bing Crosby and David Bowie

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings” – Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan

“Santa Claus” – Kelly Pickler

“White Christmas” – Bing Crosby

“Feliz Navidad” – José Feliciano

“Sleigh Ride” – Andy Williams

“Run Rudolph Run” – Chuck Berry

“Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum” – Jimmy Buffett

“All I want for Christmas is you” – Mariah Carey

“Baby, it’s cold outside” – James Taylor

“Silent Night” – Sarah McLachlan

“Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)” – Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

“Twelve Days of Christmas” – John Denver and the Muppets

“We the Three Kings” – Dolly Parton

“The Joy of the World” – Nat King Cole



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