I know, I know, this is extremely premature but I absolutely love both of these classics. I prefer hymns and ancient Christian chant over many of the new worship songs that frankly are little more than a bad imitation of rock music, and outdated rock music at best.
The first lines of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” always leaves a lump in my throat:
God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!
The theology packed into those lines is intense. Original sin, being ransomed by Christ from the power of Satan, and all with a focus on the incarnation. Simply worded, but immensely deep.