So, if one is imagining this season, and imagining is all we can do, given our scanty sources, one might honor Miriam, the
The festive swirl of heartwarming sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas abound in the land where the season's most-loved carol, "Silent Night," was first performed over 200 years ago: Austria.
Why did only "Silent Night" become a century-spanning Christmas hit while Franz Gruber's other tunes, "Joyful Christmas" and "Holiest Night," land in the dustbin of history?
This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.
Christmas morning broke clear and cold. All the soldiers waited quietly in their trenches. When it seemed that no one could stand the waiting any longer, one soldier climbed out of his trench. He waved a white flag.
Some make pilgrimages to find the first orange leaf of fall. But I am in search of December. North Pole workshops could be gearing up at this very moment. But that is secret stuff. Since I can't get a visitor's pass there, I've got a different plan.
It wasn't until I was 23 years old that I spent my first Christmas away from home. I sure as heck didn't expect to share it with Bob Hope, Johnny Bench, Lola Falana, the Gold Diggers, Miss Universe, and 30,000 screaming GIs. But there I was in a war, in Vietnam, a lonely soldier far away from home on America's holiday of holidays.
All isn't calm when a Harley's engine revs, but the motorcycle can still play a moving "Silent Night." (Hat tip, AdWeek) Basketballs
Now that I'm older -- and perhaps wiser -- I've been thinking about my favorite Christmas carols and what they actually say to us theologically and spiritually.
Many winters ago in a tiny village in Austria, the Christmas Carol "Silent Night" was born. In a small church in Oberndorf, the song of peace and heavenly love was first played. Peace would not last though in the land of music. The World Wars came.
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This week, depending on where you live, you could spend time with a sadistic murderer with a penchant for elaborate death traps in The Collection, or with a sadistic murderer with a penchant for weeding out who's been naughty and who's been nice in the Xmas-themed Silent Night.