This beautiful piece was originally written as a poem by Christina Rossetti. It was eventually set to music in 1906 by one of my favorite composers, Gustav Holst. I decided to record an abbreviated version. May you have a splendid New Year!
"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart."