Christmas Song Story: Christmas Canon

Christmas Canon is set to Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. Paul O’Neill provided lyrics to Pachelbel’s music. The song is performed by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a departure from their normal rock arrangements. The group is accompanied by a children’s choir and was released on the 1998 album The Christmas Attic. As on 2016, the song ranked 7th among the all-time […]

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Biblical 12 days of Christmas

1.       On the first day of Christmas an Angel appears to Mary with the most unexpected news of all                                                              {Luke 1:26-38} 2.       On the second day of Christmas Mary travels to visit Elizabeth and the babe within her leapt                                                   {Luke 1:39-45} 3.       On the third day of Christmas an angel gives Joseph a vision to keep Mary as his own                                                                     {Mathew […]

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Christmas Song Story: Mary’s Boy Child

Mary’s Boy Child is a popular Christmas carol written in 1956 by Jester Hairston. Hairston roomed with a friend who asked him to write a song for a birthday party. He wrote the song with a calypso rhythm for the culture of those attending and titled the song “He Pone and Chocolate Tea”. However, the song was never recorded in this […]

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Christmas Song Story: The Friendly Beasts

The Friendly Beasts is another strong contender as one of the oldest Christmas songs. It was written in French about the animals surrounded Christ at the nativity. The song is about the gifts that five animals {a donkey, cow, sheep, camel and dove} brought to baby Jesus.  The song dates back to the 12th Century. The French lyrics were set to […]

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Christmas in the Air: Taste of Christmas

Hot chocolate with marshmallows to make us smile Christmas cookies of every shape, color and design Turkey and ham warms our tummy on that special day Pies of every flavor and size to top it all off Eggnog is a special delight for us all to behold Gingerbread to decorate in a variety of ways Peppermint reminds us it’s almost […]

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Christmas Song Story: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s Love Begotten is another song considered among the oldest Christmas hymns. It started as a Latin poem titled “Corde natus” and was written by the Roman poet Auerlius Prudentius. He wrote it for his Liber Cathemerinon.  The song was paired with the plainchant, Medieval melody “Divinum mysterium”. Over the years the plainchant was musically embellished. The melody first appears in […]

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Christmas in the Air: Visions of Christmas

Christmas Trees of every size, color and theme Flickering  Lights blinking to music so light Falling Snow to whiten the ground Shiny Packages to entice our curiosity Nativity Sets to remind us of Jesus birth Horse drawn carriages to dream of days gone by Carolers on the walk wrapped against the cold air Santa with his elves and reindeer to […]

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Christmas Song Story: Jesus Illuminates All

A friend was searching for the oldest Christmas hymns and stumbled upon this hymn. So, it lead me to search out the stories behind these old Christmas hymns. The song was composed in Latin by St. Hilary of Poitiers in the fourth century. The Latin translation is “Jesus refulsit omnium”. The song is said to have been composed after the first […]

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Christmas in the Air: Smells of Christmas

Popcorn popping to string the tree Cranberries warming to create a scented memory Gingerbread filling the kitchen Fresh cut Christmas trees to fill the air Hickory logs burning in the hearth Pumpkin pie to bring out stomach to a rumble Cinnamon in a variety of dishes Oranges simmering on the stove Scented Candles filling the air Scented pine cones ensconced […]

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Christmas in the Air: Sounds of Christmas

This year has been unique all by itself and as I thought about ways to celebrate the Christmas season I decided we will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year using our senses. We will explore Christmas through the sights, sounds, smells, taste, feelings, words, and traditions of the season. How we celebrate each of these may vary depending […]

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Behind the Hymn: A Great and Mighty Wonder

A great and mighty wonder is a little-known Christmas Carol.  The hymn is German in origin. The hymn was written by St. Germanus I. He was born in Constantinople of a patrician family in 634 Greece. He was ordained in Constantinople and subsequently became bishop of Cyzicus. He was present at the Synod of Constantinople in 712, which restored the […]

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