The Only Christmas Podcast You Need

New Warhorn Media post by Nathan Alberson:


This was great. What was the Christmas album that Pastor Tim mentioned? I couldn’t make it out.

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I believe it was the choir of King’s College in Cambridge. I’m not sure if there was a specific album or not. @tbbayly?

There was one with “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” that a local (IU-based?) group performed.

I haven’t listened to the episode yet, but I don’t know of any IU recording. This is likely the recording my dad has from the Choir of Kings College:

The tune and especially the harmonies are wonderful, but the lyrics are much older, and not under copyright:

  1. The tree of life my soul hath seen,
    Laden with fruit and always green:
    The trees of nature fruitless be
    Compared with Christ the apple tree.

  2. His beauty doth all things excel:
    By faith I know, but ne’er can tell
    The glory which I now can see
    In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

  3. For happiness I long have sought,
    And pleasure dearly I have bought:
    I missed of all; but now I see
    'Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

  4. I’m weary with my former toil,
    Here I will sit and rest awhile:
    Under the shadow I will be,
    Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

  5. This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
    It keeps my dying faith alive;
    Which makes my soul in haste to be
    With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

You can read more about it here, including the calvinist pastor, Richard Hutchins, that wrote it in the mid 1700’s.


Pretty much anything done by Kings College Choir is excellent. Here’s a two-CD set I’d recommend:

Concerning the concert put on Sunday evening at our church by Dan Cole and his octet from our congregation (several of whom had sung on this recording), here are several CDs I love from Paul Hillier:

Hope that helps.


Thanks! “Hillier” is what I couldn’t make out on the pod.


Might be good to put this on the shownotes


I discovered that second album last Christmas and it has become one of my favorites.


Great job, guys. Thank you. Been in a years-long, low-level argument with my wife about our advent reading. (I know, I know. It’s dumb.) This year I will repent of my laziness and get the issue resolved.

I’m going to go ahead and plug my favorite Christmas album, “Songs for Christmas” by Sufjan Stevens.


Love that Cat!

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