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The spirit of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas is often found
In things that we can see
A street of gold and silver
A sparkling Christmas tree.

Itís found in quiet serenity
Of freshly fallen snow
In lights upon the river
A candlesí gentle glow.

Itís found in pretty presents
And treasures of delight
In stories told of Christmasí past
On cold and wintry nights.

Itís found in Yuletide carolers
Who stand out in the street
And spread good cheer and tidings
To everyone they meet.

Itís found in bustling cities
As choirs get up to sing
In sleepy little villages
Where lonely church bells ring.

Itís found within a beggarís heart
Who kindly takes the time
To help a cold and hungry child
By sharing his last dime.

Itís found within the prisons walls
And temples made of stone
Itís found within the orphanages
And in the nursing homes.

Itís found within the wise men
Who brought gifts from far away
And the eastern star that led them
To the stable where He lay.

Itís found within the Spirit
This gift from up above
Itís filled with pure salvation
And wrapped in His sweet love.

Itís even found in old St. Nick
As he kneels down to pray
To Jesus, Blessed Redeemer
Who was born on Christmas day.

Written By:
Marilyn Ferguson
©2002

Silent Night
Written by Joseph Mohr 1816

The words for the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night were first set down on paper in 1816 in the tiny Alpine village of Mariapfarr, Austria. The fame of this composition spread throughout the world, and nearly two centuries later, people are still touched by both the simplicity and the strength of its message.

A song so powerful it caused a World War I battle to temporarily cease as British and German soldiers sang of heavenly peace on Christmas Eve.

During World War II, fighting was suspended on many fronts while people around the globe turned to their radios on Christmas Eve to hear opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink sing Stille Nacht. In addition to her status as an international opera star, Mme. Schumann-Heink was a mother with one son fighting for the Axis and another son fighting for the Allies. Her rendition of this inspired carol, first sung in the village of Oberndorf, Austria, had the power to bring a few moments of peace to a troubled world.


OŪche Chiķn [Silent Night]
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