Keep Christmas All Year

(KCAY, pronounced “KK”)

Silent NightWe all know the story behind “Silent Night.”  On Christmas Eve, 1818, at St. Nicholas’ Church, Oberndorf, Austria, the organ broke down.  Some said that mice chewed through the leather of the organ bellows.  Faced with no music, parish priest Joseph Mohr and organist/musician Franz Gruber put their heads together to compose the words and music of “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.”  It was first performed on guitar.

While this carol has been deeply popular, even being sung by enemies who met in no man’s land between the trenches during the  Christmas truce of 1914, its acceptance has not been without rough sledding.  During the early twentieth century, at a time when popular and folk forms of religious music were not considered worthy to be included in collections of “important” sacred music, “Silent Night” was ignored.  The official (and officious) The Oxford Book of Carols in 1928 did not include it.

“Silent Night” kept Christmas by making the best out of a difficult situation.  “Silent Night” has kept Christmas by touching hearts and lives with the message of God’s love.  “Silent Night” has kept Christmas by keeping on even when people have questioned its worth.
We can keep Christmas all year by making the best of difficult situations, by touching hearts and lives with the message of God’s love, and by keeping on even when people may not understand or support what we are doing.

Pastor Dan

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