Staff Christmas Music Favorites

Posted 12.19.18 in Spirit Events

News article published Dec. 19, 2018

With our annual Three Days of Christmas Music approaching, we thought it would ask Spirit Catholic Radio staff to share some of their personal favorites.

Don’t forget to tune in to Spirit Catholic Radio, Dec. 26 through 28 from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. for some of the BEST Christmas music you’ll hear this year.

Breezy Rico  |  Mission Advancement Associate
“My favorite Christmas song is ‘I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day,’ sung by Frank Sinatra. I used to not know the lyrics to this song and for years didn’t care for the song at all. I am a big fan of Frank Sinatra, so I thought I should give it a chance. One day, I really listened to the lyrics and started sobbing. I understand with all of the bad in the world and heartache and turmoil in our individual lives it can seem God must not exist. However, as the song says, ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men.'”

Greg Gibbs  |  Lincoln Outreach Associate
“My favorite Christmas song No. 1 is Cloverton ‘Hallelujah’. It is a thoughtful, reflective rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah that is insightful to Christ’s birth and why He came. My second favorite Christmas song is Faith Hill’s, ‘Where are You Christmas‘. This is personal as it was our oldest daughter’s first Christmas recital song she performed. Loved it then and love it now as it reminds me of our daughter and how much I love her.”

Mary Jorgensen  |  Director of Underwriting
“My favorite secular Christmas song is ‘Celebrate Me Home‘ by Kenny Loggins.  It was released over 40 years ago and represents a time when there was a significant homecoming for someone in my family.  It never fails to bring up memories and emotion for me and my sisters. Also, our Christmas Eve tradition includes returning to Holy Name Catholic Church in Omaha for Mass every year.  And when ‘Silent Night‘ is sung the by choir, it never fails to remind me of the serenity in the world on the night our Lord and Savior was born.  ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.'”

Jim Carroll  |  Executive Director
“My favorite Christmas song is ‘Silent Night (Christmas in Vienna).’ This song recently celebrated being 200 years old and my wife Karol and I were able to hear it performed by ‘The Priests’ at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. This song reminds me of midnight Mass with my parents when I was in grade school. The beautiful version in this video, features 15 different superstar singers from around the world sing from 1992 until 2000, blended together.”

Mary Lempke  |  Executive Assistant
“My most cherished Christmas hymn is ‘O Holy Night‘ because it speaks to the heart of what Christmas is truly all about. It is a song of truth, hope and the promises of God to His people. The song starts soft and sweet and then builds towards the refrain as we proclaim our joy and praise to Him.”


Kelly Miller  |  Marketing Director
“My favorite Christmas song is ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem.’ The Nat King Cole version is probably my favorite. This song  always evokes a child-like feeling in my heart. I distinctly remember listening to this song when I was a little girl, trying to visualize the baby Jesus laying in the manger, and what it must have been like to be the Holy Family on the night of Christ’s birth.”


Jen Brown  |  Spirit Mornings Co-Host
“I have a fond, early childhood memory of ‘Silent Night.‘ I was in a full room with a number of people–some family, others friends, and possibly some strangers.  I can’t remember why we were gathered but it was near Christmas time. There was a piano and Christmas carols were being sung. We started to sing ‘Silent Night’ as a group, and my little kindergarten self could feel that something was different about this song. I could sense the reverence the song commanded from the room. I loved hearing how tender and mild my mother’s voice sounded while she sang.  Now when I hear ‘Silent Night,’ I’m transported back to that calm and bright place in time, that stands out in my life. The glimpse when Christ the Savior was born —in my heart.”