Archive for December, 2010


Christmas 2010

December 22, 2010

Dear Blog Readers,

I humbly announce the song for Holiday 2010! The dedication is to Amaree Cluff and my daughter, Leigh, who have been encouraging me at gunpoint to write my own musical version of Little Women. As devotees of the novel might recall, the book opens at Christmas, and because I always work in chronological order, this was one of the first songs written. Because the lyrics were story-specific, I adapted them for this carol. I hope you enjoy the jaunty pace and humorous but sincere tone of the song!

Fans of the carols might be interested to know that the music for “The Christmas House,” my carol from 2003, was also originally composed as incidental music for a play adaptation of Little Women. Hmm, I can’t seem to escape Orchard House!

Happy Holidays!

The Stoddards

Robert, D’Ann and Leigh

Old-Fashioned Holiday 2010
NOTE: This was revised 12/18/10 and is now the official version.)


The Carols

December 17, 2010

Below are PDF’s of all 27 carols. These were revised and standardize in December 2010, so please consider these to be the definitive versions. They’re available for you to download provided that you understand that permission must be granted for use in performance.

The Tiniest Star 1972

Glory 1973

Baby Jesus 1974

Of A Dark Night 1975

How Far to Bethlehem 1976

The Caroling Song 1977

What About Jesus 1983

I Cradle You Close 1984

Looking Across the Manger 1985

Spell of Noel 1986

Ornaments 1988

A Simple Carol 1993

December Tale 1996

One Gift 1997

Angels on Christmas 1998

Find Him 1999

Carved to See Him 2000

Christmas Snow 2001

Friends 2002

The Christmas House 2003

Would You Go 2004

Home Again 2005

Another Christmas 2006

One December Day 2007

The Day Christ Was Born 2008

Joseph’s Christmas 2009

Old-Fashioned Holiday 2010