Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Shout the Celebration

This Christmas carol is not filled with mystery, scandal or even had that many hands in it, but it is a standard that has survived the times and has two different tunes associated with it.

Penned in 1816 by James Montgomery, who was a noted Scottish poet, this song was first published on Christmas Eve in 1816. It was published in the Sheffield Iris, which was a weekly newspaper in Sheffield, England. It was never sung in any of the churches until 1825 after it was re-published in The Christian Psalmist.

Officially, there was never any real music set to the poem, so it was sung using a number of popular tunes at the time. In the United States, the song is sung to Henry Smart’s Regent Square tune, and in the United Kingdom, it is sung to the tune of the French carol, Iris. Iris is the same tune as what we sing for Angels We Have Heard on High.

This is one of those songs that has withstood time and tradition, and we sing it pretty much just as it was written. Some may switch out the refrain for Gloria in excelsis Deo, but most everyone still sings it as it was penned in 1816.

Angels, from the Realms of Glory

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen his natal star:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you—break your chains:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Though an infant now we view him,
He shall fill his Father's throne,
Gather all the nations to him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising,
To th'eternal Three in One:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Let’s let the Church of God of Edmonton Youth Choir give us their rendition of this beautiful song. They are using the United States  tune for their rendition. Annie Lennox does a beautiful United Kingdom version with alternative refrain.

Now that we are halfway through our countdown, let’s get those gift lists filled out and start putting stocking stuffers on our “to buy” list. Here are some great ideas for those stockings:

Handsome Hanging Snowman Dish Towel With Hand Knit Topper and Ties


Blue Star Lace Centerpiece

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Catch Of The Day Fishing Christmas Ornament Handmade From Birch

Kevs Krafts 

Oxford Grey Hand Knit Wavy Scarf

Crafting Memories 

Leaf Fairy Blue Leather Turquoise Picasso Druk Magatama BOHO Bracelet

Kats All That 

Superhero Thank You Stickers for Boys Birthday Party Favor Labels

Adore by Nat 

Crystal Drop Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Dichroic Glass Pendant

Resetar Glass Art 

Frozen Winter Snowflakes Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

Sew Amazin 

Crochet Infant Boy Sweater

Magdalene Knits 

Bracelets for Women

Blue Morning Expressions 

Blue Heron Original Watercolor Batik Painting on Japanese Rice Paper


Tribal African Beaded Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Whispy Clouds Over Dark Mountain Tops Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Bird Charm Bracelet Turquoise Beaded Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

Blue Gold Green Bracelet

The Singing Beader 

Malachite In Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Sterling Oval Pendant Necklace

Dianes Dangles 

Iridescent Blue Fire Dichroic Fused Glass Jewelry Set


Glossy Dark Blue Handmade Lampwork Bead Shiny Glass Silver

Covergirl Beads 

Sapphire Blue Hand Beaded Glass Women's Earrings

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Chunky Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Blue Druzy Crystal Gemstone Necklace


Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

Here are more shopping opportunities for you:

O Holy Night
The First Noel
Silver Bells
Jingle Bells
O’ Come all Ye Faithful

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.



  1. Thank you for including my Blue heron painting! pinned and tweeted all items

  2. Thank you so much Julie and Blu, I'm happy to share. ♡

  3. Many thanks Julie! Have promoted each item and your post. I do appreciate all of your hard work!

  4. Julie and Blu - thanks so much for including my blue druzy necklace. Shared onPinterest so far.

  5. Beautiful Christmas song - not one you hear very much. Always enjoy reading the history behind the songs. And always love to see what handmade beauties you share each week. Many thanks for adding my lapis necklace into the mix. Will share the post and each item. Treats to the Handsome Blu Dog from the Gallumping Seamus Dog (:

  6. Thank you, Julie! You do an awesome job picking out color themes each week. Beautiful Christmas songs, too! Thank you for including my bracelet. Shared all on Pinterest and Tweeted.

  7. Beautiful selections, Julie and Blu. Thank you so much for including my scarf. Shared.

  8. Another favorite Christmas song of mine! :) Thanks, Julie and beautiful Blu, for this extra special promotion, and for including my tribal jewelry set. Will be sharing! Monsieur Gonze sends plenty of treat wishes to Monsieur Blu. :)

  9. Thanks Julie - have to admit, I think your music history lessons are always kind of funny, but I always enjoy them. And always love the "Blues" - any Blue - great selection - and Thanks for showing my 6-pointed Blue Star Crochet Art Centerpiece/Table Topper!

  10. Thank you Julie for once again including me in your Christmas Countdown. Always enjoy your interesting history of some of my favorite Christmas Songs!

  11. Thanks Julie and Blu for including my lampwork beads in your Christmas blog!

  12. I would love to find any of these wonderful listings in my stocking this year! Thank you Julie for putting this week together and for including my blue fairy magatama leather bracelet. Will be sharing!

  13. Love the blue selections! Thanks so much for including our snowflake dog ruffle. Shared all around :-)

  14. Thanks Julie and Blu for a wonderful Blue post. Great selections and wonderful song too. Thanks for including my bird charm bracelet.

  15. Great blue collection, Julie! It's always nice to learn about the history of the songs. Thank you for including my Superhero stickers. Off to share.

  16. Thank you Julie for the added promotion. Luv the blues! All items pinned at -