We all know our favorite holiday songs. But do you know where they came from?
I was six when I fell in love with Christmas carols, especially American Christmas songs. That year, the nuns in the Philadelphia orphanage where I lived took me to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The crowded chapel, the altar crèche, the scent of balsam trees—intoxicating!… Read more.
by Author Ron Clancy

Ron Clancy loves Christmas and most of all Christmas music, especially the fine old carols that have been passed down from generation to generation. You could call him a modern-day Scrooge, who after seeing the light, “holds Christmas in his heart and tries to keep it all the year.” Except in this case, Ron was not an old man when he received his epiphany… Read more.
by Lou Baldwin

Seasonal music intrigued Ronald Clancy so much, it provided the impetus to begin a collection.
Though it was more than a half-century ago, Ronald Clancy remembers one Christmas Eve as if it were yesterday – being put to bed soon after dinner by the nuns and then being awakened hours later to go to midnight mass. “The entire orphanage went,” he says. “There was a big crèche on the altar. Balsam trees – the scent was fantastic”… Read more.
Christian Science Monitor
By John Grossmann

An intrepid researcher tracks down the stories behind America’s best-loved Christmas carols.
Armed with a notebook, a camera, a video camera, and an insatiable hunger to learn even more about some of America’s most beloved Christmas carols, Ronald Clancy set out in October 2008 to visit their widely scattered places of origin… Read more.
Christian Science Monitor
By John Grossmann


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The first three volumes of The Millennia Collection, as the series is called, are positively amazing. These aren’t merely Christmas music collections; they are works of art.

— Tim Neely

Goldmine Magazine

This series belongs in every home and church library! You have gone far beyond the superficial and given us and future generations an incredible treasure.

— Brad Walton

The Brad Walton Show | WCCO Radio
CBS Infinity Radio in Minneapolis, MN

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An epic achievement . . . it might as well be called The Mother of All Boxed Sets.

— John Grossmann

New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Author completes ‘ultimate’ carol collection.

— Terri Finch Hamilton

The Grand Rapids Press

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The ultimate annotated collection of Christmas music. . . not an exaggeration. Much reading and listening pleasure is to be found here. This is a present to buy for yourself.

— Mary Ann Johnson

The Roanoke Times

Nothing this season holds a candle to Ronald M. Clancy’s “Best-Loved Christmas Carols” and “American Christmas Classics.

— Joel Welin

Sarasota Herald Tribune

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This book is so beautiful you’ll feel you have to buy it as a gift and then you won’t want to give it away!

— Maureen E. Daly

Catholic News Service

Should banish your yuletide humbug blues. . . . you’ll feel like Scrooge after he’s finally seen the light.

— Doug Wyatt

Savannah Morning News

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