1. Of the two, frankly, I prefer George Winston’s straightforward piano version. Ms. McKennitt’s breathy, new-agey version annoys me.

    I did appreciate the opportunity to look the song up. The version we know only dates from the early 19th century – I thought it was older. But Wikipedia does mention a much older manuscript on holly and ivy, in what looks to me like about 14th century English, the sort Chaucer wrote in the Canterbury Tales. (Yes, I was an English major, and yes, I’ve read Chaucer in the original.) The older song has totally different lyrics and is much more interesting!

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