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“Silent Night”, Do You Know the Origins of this famous Christmas Song?

 

Christmas Gift BagsClarksville, TN – “Silent Night” is perhaps the best-loved Christmas carol of all times. Somehow the simple words convey the mystery and simplicity of the real Christmas story better than any other hymn, at least in my humble opinion.

The original carol was entitled, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht; it was written in German at the request of an Austrian priest, Father Josef Mohr.

According to www.silentnight.web.za, “on December 24th, 1818, Joseph Mohr journeyed to the home of musician-schoolteacher Franz Gruber who lived in nearby Arnsdorf. He showed his friend the poem he had written four years before and asked him to add a melody and guitar accompaniment so that it could be sung at Midnight Mass.”

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The Bells of Christmas

 

Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christmas PresentsI heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

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Let Me Sow Love, Where There Is Hatred

 

This is the first of a series of articles based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi beginning, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi

Clarksville, TN – Sadly, many people in our country are obsessed with hatred for people who are different from them. Most hatred is based on fear—fear of loss of control, fear of loss of wealth, fear of not being proven superior based on superficial evidence.

Some vocal politicians, political pundits and just plain ignoramuses actually advocate shooting people who have differing beliefs from their own.

Our country is suffering daily from hatred—hatred of those who are not just like “us,” the chosen ones.

How can individuals who think and wish to live in peace influence those who would tear our country apart with hatred? How can peace-loving citizens protect themselves from treasonous assaults on our freedoms by those whose own political agendas promote lies in an effort to grab power? How can innocent people trying to live their lives without harm to others combat the insanity that seems to be gripping too many members of our society? «Read the rest of this article»




Greatest Gifts of All

 

Greatest_GiftClarksville, TN – Christmas is the time of year when we should give some serious thought to the process of giving and what it really means to show our love to others.

I suspect that if most of us tried to remember the best gifts we’ve ever received, we’d find that many of them didn’t necessarily cost a great deal of money. Instead they had a lovely share of thoughtfulness behind them.

One of the gifts I received that I’ll never forget was from a blind man who sat for several hours at his tape recorder and taped for me music he believed I’d enjoy and some of his own words about what my friendship for him had meant. Another gift I’ll never forget came from a student and her mother who made a CD of favorite Christmas songs for me. I listen to that CD in my car every Christmas because it has so many classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and James Taylor’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Other gifts I’ve received are on a different scale.

Jesus in the Manger

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History of the National Christmas Tree

 

US Capitol Christmas Tree and Other Forerunners to the National (Community) Christmas Tree

US National Park ServiceWashington, D.C. – The first community Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C was December 24th, 1913. The Christmas tree and related pageantry occurred on the East Plaza of the US Capitol on Christmas Eve. It was meant as a celebration for all of Washington, rich and poor, young and old, although a special emphasis was placed on the children.1

The forty-five minute program, replete with angel figures in white robes, nativity tableaux, carols, and Boy Scouts waving American flags, was modeled largely on community celebrations in other cities.

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background. (NPS PHOTO)

The 2012 National Christmas Tree lights up the Ellipse with the south side of the White House visible in the background.
(NPS PHOTO)

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Clarksville Academy Choir and Cougar Choir sang Christmas Carols at Downtown for the Holidays

 

Christmas CarolersClarksville, TN – Clarksville-Montgomery County held their annual Downtown for the Holidays on Saturday, December 5th, 2015. The event started at 4:00pm.

The festivities included local school groups Christmas caroling on the Montgomery County Court House steps. There was hot chocolate available inside the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

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West Creek High School Honor Choir sings at Downtown for the Holidays

 

Christmas CarolersClarksville, TN – The annual Downtown for the Holidays event was held on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 by Clarksville-Montgomery County. The event started at 4:00pm.

The festivities included local school groups Christmas caroling on the Montgomery County Court House steps. There was hot chocolate available inside the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

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Northeast High School Exit One, JV Exit One and Concert Choirs perform during Downtown for the Holidays

 

Christmas CarolersClarksville, TN – Clarksville-Montgomery County held their annual Downtown for the Holidays on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 starting at 4:00pm.

The festivities included local school groups Christmas caroling on the Montgomery County Court House steps. There was hot chocolate available inside the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

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Montgomery Central Elementary School Honor choir sings Christmas Carols Downtown for the Holidays

 

Christmas CarolersClarksville, TN – On Saturday, December 5th, 2015, Clarksville-Montgomery County held their annual Downtown for the Holidays event.

The festivities included local school groups Christmas caroling on the Montgomery County Court House steps. There was hot chocolate available inside the Montgomery County Courts Complex.

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Christmas is the Day Jesus was Born

 

Written by Dinah Maria Mulock

Jesus in the mangerGod rest ye, merry gentlemen; let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, was born on Christmas-day.

The dawn rose red o’er Bethlehem, the stars shone through the gray,
When Jesus Christ, our Saviour, was born on Christmas-day.

Jesus

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