Sunday, December 24, 2023


 It’s that time of year. Steve and crew have put together another fantastic Christmas music classic. I’ll be keeping it at the top of the site through Christmas. Enjoy, as this is the only culture you will find on TBP throughout the year.

This is our fourth annual Special Christmas Edition of this feature on TBP.

It also marks our 204th consecutive posting. We’re very proud of that and we hope that you’ve enjoyed them.

We make this and our annual Anniversary Edition (the first Sunday of February) special by going all out and featuring anything that we want to post, and we invite you all to do the same.

I try to keep the main feature Classical, but then we add anything that we want to add to our ‘shorts’ that follow.

A note here about just what we do and don’t post here. When we started this almost four years ago we posted only classical music. The thinking then was that it was missing from the TBP website. Thanks to posts included in the comments section for the last four years we now post everything except hard rock.

The reason that we don’t include it isn’t because we don’t like it because we do. We don’t post it here because admin. does such a good job of including everywhere else on his site.

Over the past four years people have posted light rock, pop, jazz, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian, country, and whatever else so we now include everything else here.

So come and see us. There may be something that you like one week and nothing the next, but we want to share it all with everyone.

And this week and the week of our anniversary (the first Sunday in February) we even welcome hard rock.

Although neither of us has included any hard rock this time, I expect that with my love for the band ‘Heart’ that we will in February.

A note about these posts today. We have decided to make them about whatever suggests Christmas to us. By that I mean that we don’t take into account anything here today by people that might be woke or not, Christian or not, or anything else or not. We have posted what we like that reminds us of Christmas. We all love Christmas music so we decided to keep it that way even if just for today.

It’s best to remember that the Christmas season is a time for us all to stop even if just for a few weeks and remember the truly important things in life. A time to step away from the day-to-day worries and frustrations that distract us from what really matters. Friends, family, our spirituality, and our true place in all things on this planet that we share with billions of other souls.

So come and see us. Post your own favorite Christmas music in the comments section. It can be anything that you want. Jazz, Rock, Hard Rock, Classical, anything.

We want to take this time to wish everyone on TBP a very Merry Christmas.

Steve C.

A collaboration of: “The Classic Music Mafia”
Anthony Aaron, and Steve C.

Every Sunday morning we present selections for our TBP family to enjoy.

We present symphonies, ensembles, quartets, octets, etc.

Not all of our music is strictly ‘classical’. We may stray a little, but we strive to make all of our selections ‘classy’.

We offer tips on proper ‘symphony etiquette’ and even some selections that are a bit light-hearted and fun aimed at a younger audience. Those pieces will be so designated, and might be a good way to introduce kids to a world of music that they might not have been exposed to or think of as old and ‘stuffy’.

A full symphony will run as long as it will. We don’t want to cut a symphony short. However, we also include some shorter pieces that we try to keep under fifteen minutes in length. You can sample each and hopefully find one or more that pleases you.

We hope that you enjoy our Sunday selections.

Steve C.

We offer you three feature selections this year.

The first is a nice selection of classical music and the second is more soft stuff with some pop in it. It should be perfect for family gatherings.

The third is big band jazz…

We hope that you will all enjoy this year’s edition of our annual Christmas edition and will find a few things that you like.

Classical Music for Christmas

Metamorphose String Orchestra

Conductor: Pavel Lyubomudrov

Arr. for String Orchestra by Matt Naughtin

It’s the most wonderful time of the year well, almost… You could say that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Get into the holiday spirit for Christmas 2023 with this selection of carols arranged for string orchestra. Classic Christmas songs sit alongside some of the most beloved traditional Christmas carols (We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger…) in this playlist, also featuring staples of the classical repertoire. Instrumental & classical music will help you set the mood for gift wrapping (or opening!), putting up Christmas decorations, spending time with your loved ones these holidays, or cozying up under a warm blanket in front of a crackling fire. Peaceful, uplifting and serene, these beautiful Christmas tunes are the perfect companion for a snowy winter night.


0:00:00 Angels We Have Heard on High
0:02:33 Quanno Nascete Ninno
0:04:55 Away in a Manger
0:07:13 Away in a Manger
0:09:17 The Carol of the Drum
0:11:22 Joy to the World
0:12:35 Ding Dong Merrily on High
0:14:32 Deck the Halls
0:16:05 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
0:18:55 Bell Carol / In Dulci Jubilo
0:22:23 Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
0:24:45 Listen, Lordlings, Unto Me
0:26:00 Verbum Caro Factum Est
0:27:08 Carol of the Bells
0:28:57 The Coventry Carol
0:31:16 The Coventry Carol – Lully, Lullay
0:33:54 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
0:35:49 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
0:39:02 Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
0:41:18 O Holy Night
0:45:22 Silent Night
0:49:53 Greensleeves (What Child Is This)
0:54:37 The First Noel
0:56:57 The Lord’s Prayer
0:59:48 Amazing Grace
1:06:11 Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
1:10:28 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
1:12:51 O Shepherds, Leave Your Sheep
1:14:15 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
1:17:43 Sing We Now of Christmas
1:22:22 Gaudete
1:23:29 The Gloucestershire Wassail
1:24:45 Here We Come A-Caroling

Christmas Classics

This one is a little different in that it won’t show anything here other than its URL.

According to YouTube, its owner doesn’t want it shown anywhere else.

So you’ll have to click on the URL and go and watch it there for this one. It really is a good piece though. You’ll like it. An hour and fortyone minutes of classy Christmas music. It’s probably perfect for family gatherings…

London Symphony Orchestra.

Percy Faith & His Orchestra.

And one more. This time it’s Big Band versions…

Glenn Miller Orchestra – In the Christmas Mood

Merry Christmas! This is the complete posthumous 1991 studio album “In the Christmas Mood” by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


1. Sleigh Ride (0:00)
2. Yuletide Medley #1: Oh Holy Night/Oh Little Town of Bethlehem/Deck the Halls (3:48)
3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (9:35)
4. Silver Bells (12:52)
5. Jingle Bells (15:30)
6. Frosty the Snowman (20:14)
7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (24:21)
8. Yuletide Medley #2: Oh Christmas Tree/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/We Three Kings/What Child Is This? (28:20)
9. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (34:13)
10. Silent Night (37:31)
11. In the Christmas Mood (40:02)

Anthony Aaron

Some modern performances …

One of my favorite violinists, Lindsey Stirling …

O Holy Night