Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve and Silent Night the Song History

i love the quietness of Christmas Eve. . .I love turning off all of the lights and keeping on only the Christmas tree lights and the white lights around the window and just looking at the tree. I was up early doing just that this morning. . . I enjoy lighting candles too.
Growing up, we used to have candles on our Christmas Tree growing up. It was a German Christmas tradition. And on Christmas Eve, we would sing the German version of the song Silent Night - Stille Nacht - The song Silent Night was originally written in German by Joseph Mohr and the melody was composed by Franz X. Gruber in 1818 and there are now over 300 translations of the song in the world.
I love the traditional way it is sung by countless artists and the way our family sings it. . .and one of my favorite recorded versions is by, you'd never believe, Lisa Marie Presley. It’s the most hauntingly beautiful Silent Night I have heard and it is on my myspace site profile. . .
- another thing we like to do is watch the Natvity Story, the movie made a year ago...
And, read the original. . .

2 comments:

Linda Austin said...

Our Christmas Eve church services end with the singing of Silent Night while flame is passed from one person's candle to another until the whole sanctuary shines with candlelit faces in the dark. It is something to behold.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "We Three Kings" done by Patty Smith - very oriental and mysterious.

Merry Christmas - time for us moms to relax now.

Cornelia Becker Seigneur said...

that is what they do in our church as well. There is something beautiful and powerful about that song sung to candlelight...one friend's church sings it in the original German they shared with me last night at Christmas dinner...
yes, relax mom if that is possible. seems like people keep stopping by. . .and then you have to get a little gift together, but it is fun. Love to see the kids playing with their presents...enjoying the quiet. especially since we took away electronics... :)

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