Wishing you a beautiful and joyous Christmas and holiday season!
What better way to start our December series about traditional Christmas songs (for the fourth year in a row; can you believe it?) than with a hymn opening with word pictures of announcing angels? For Christians, Christmas holds special religious meaning since it is a celebration of Jesus’s arrival on earth, and according to the Biblical account angels announced his coming to his mother and earthly father and to the shepherds.
The author of Angels from the Realms of Glory believed his religious poetry and hymns would long outlast his other efforts, but today we’ll take a closer look at this Scottish poet and societal reformer and his beloved hymn that has become a classic in many churches. Continue reading
Angels are prominently featured in many traditional Christmas songs, celebrating their message to the shepherds outside Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’s birth. One of the most beloved of these traditional songs is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
But did you know that it wasn’t originally written about angels and the word change prompted quite a controversy between two prominent preachers of the 18th Century? Continue reading
It’s a classic Christmas for many, and it has a fascinating story behind the lyrics. As we enjoy another week of December and might be listing our favorite memories of the season, The Christmas Song seems like a perfect tune.
So let me offer you a simple phrase… Continue reading
It’s the first day of December and what better song to study than The First Noel? This will be the third year I’ve written for the holiday series “You’re Singing History” and I’ve collected historical facts and context for five more holiday songs this year.
Let the Christmas season and music begin… Continue reading
Once upon a time, most little children in church or Sunday School learned this song – often lisping the simple tune with hand motions. It’s a sweet song about the historical event of Baby Jesus’s arrival and manger bed, but there’s a big myth about the origins about the lyrics.
“Away In A Manger” – the featured song of the day has it’s own unique and controversial history. Who knew a child’s song could have so much interesting information in it’s creation and background?