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The First Noel 1
Little Drummer Girl 1
Winds Through the Olive Trees 1
I Saw Three Ships / Marie's Wedding 4
Santa Lucia / Czechoslovakian Carol 0
Carol of the Bells / We Three Kings 5
Good King Wenceslas 0
Silver Bells 2
Greensleeves 16
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 2
Silent Night 1
We Wish You A Merry Christmas 0
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Christmas

Christmas a studio album with a warm, classic sound used in beautiful arrangements of Holiday favorites. Violins, guitars, soft vocals and drums create a half celebratory, half-lullaby-esque album to listen to during the Christmas season.

Lyrics and Credits

1. The First Noel  
(Traditional Carol, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitars, vocals 
Willow Gothard - violin 
Solana Gothard - violin, vocals

Lyrics
The first noel the angels did say 
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay 
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep 
On a cold winter's night that was so deep 

CHORUS: Noel, noel, noel noel - born is the king of Israel 

They looked up and saw a star 
Shining in the East beyond them far 
And to the earth it gave great light 
And so it continued both day and night 
CHORUS

2. Little Drummer Girl
(Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone, arr. W. Gothard, G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, bass 
Willow Gothard - bodhran 
Solana Gothard - percussion

3. Winds Through the Olive Trees
(Traditional Carol, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - synth, violin, guitars, bass, vocals 
Willow Gothard - mandolin, violin 
Solana Gothard - shaker, vocals

Lyrics
Winds through the olive trees softly did blow 
'round little Bethlehem, long long ago 
Sheep on the hillside lay, whiter than snow 
Shepherds were watching them, long long ago 

Then from the happy skies, angels bent low 
Singing their songs of joy, long long ago 
For in a manger bed, cradled we know 
Christ came to Bethlehem, long long ago

4. I Saw Three Ships / Marie's Wedding
(Traditional Irish, arr. G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass 
Willow Gothard - violin, bodhran 
Solana Gothard - shaker

5. Santa Lucia
(Traditional Scandinavian / Czechoslovakian, arr. G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - synth, guitar 
Willow Gothard - music box, violin 
Solana Gothard - vocals, tambourine

Lyrics
Now in the winter night, good folks are waiting 
See now the maid of light, darkness abating 
Symbol of love sublime, moving o'er space and time 
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia

6. Carol of the Bells / We Three Kings
(Traditional Carols, arr. W. Gothard)
Willow Gothard - violins, bass, chimes, bells

7. Good King Wenceslas
(Traditional Carol / Scandinavian, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, harpsichord, piano, djembe 
Willow Gothard - violin 
Solana Gothard - vocals, tambourine, shaker

Lyrics
Good king Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen 
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even 
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel 
When a poor man came in sight, gathering Winter fuel 

Hither page and stand by me, if though knowst it telling 
Yonder peasant who is he, where and what his dwelling 
Sire he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain 
Right against the forest fence, by St. Agnes' fountain 

Bring me bread and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither 
Thou and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither 
Page and monarch forth they went, forth they went together 
Through the rude winds wild lament, and the bitter weather 

Sire the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger 
Fails my heart, I know not how, I can go no longer 
Mark my footsteps, my good page, tread thou in them boldly 
Thou shalt find the Winter's rage, freeze thy blood less coldly 

In his master's steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted 
Heat was in the very sod, which the saint had printed 
Therefore all you men be sure, wealth or rank possessing 
He who know will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing

8. Silver Bells
(Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, bass, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin 
Solana Gothard - violin
9. Greensleeves
(Traditional Carol, arr. G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin, bodhran 
Solana Gothard - violin
10. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
(Traditional Carol, arr. The Gothard Sisters)
Greta Gothard - guitar 
Willow Gothard - violin 
Solana Gothard - violin

10. Silent Night
(Traditional Carol, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitars, violin, bass, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin, chimes, bells 
Solana Gothard - violin, vocals

Lyrics
Silent night, holy night / All is calm, all is bright 
Round yon virgin mother and child / holy infant so tender and mild 
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace 

Silent night, holy night / shepherd's quake at the sight 
Glories stream from heaven afar / Heavenly hosts sing alleluia 
Christ the savior is born, Christ the savior is born 

Silent night, holy night / son of God, love's pure light 
Radiant beams from thy holy face / with the dawn of redeeming grace 
Jesus lord at thy birth, Jesus lord at thy birth

11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
(Traditional Carol, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, strings, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin, sleigh bells, strings 
Solana Gothard - violin, strings
Recording
Kent Harrison (Sammamish Sounds Recording)

Mixing
Willow Gothard and Kent Harrison

Mastering
Rick Fisher (RFI Mastering Seattle)

Art and Design

Design
Discmakers
Greta Gothard