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December 21, 2007


I love this idea. I would have to give my list some thought...

Remembering names of songs is not something I do well. I would do poorly at "name that tune". So I would have to give this some thought and research too.

But I do know "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." That ranks as one of my favorite too. Few people know the history of that song.

The history is what makes it all the more meaningful to me. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem (I believe his poem is actually longer, has more verses, than the song we sing today) that inspired the song. His poem was a reaction of the news of his son being killed in the Civil War. His wife had died two years earlier in a horrific accident when candle wax dripped on her skirt and caught fire. I believe she died in his arms.

Longfellow, being prompted by the bells on Christmas day, reached deep inside past his despair and hung to the hope of the spirit of Christmas and Christ to find his peace.

I reflect on that everytime I hear the song and hope that I can find such peace in times of despair. It also makes me wonder about who might be hurting this time of year. Who needs a prompting, who needs love, who needs a smile, who needs to hear the bells?

It's a great song to put in the line-up to inspire our posterity. Its important to me that my daughter and son know where they can turn for help.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and prompting mine.

Merry Christmas!


Great post! As a children my mother would entertain us in the car with songs. We listened to the Bill Gather Trio and We Sing Silly Songs. When my sister had her daughter and my baby sister was stationed in Korea we set up a conferenced call one day and played and sang together with our little niece - it was a powerful experience. Music touches the soul in a way that is profound and unexplicable...

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