Merry Christmas on this Pink Saturday! Linda, our Pink Saturday hostess at How Sweet the Sound, asked that we share a favorite Christmas tradition today.
My favorite tradition is a simple one. I listen to the carol Silent Night immediately before going to bed on every Christmas Eve. The tradition started when I was a child. Our family always decorated the tree in the late afternoon hours of Christmas Eve. After the decorating was complete, the tree lights were the only ones that glowed as we drank hot chocolate and sang carols. The last song of the evening was Silent Night. Then it was bedtime so that Santa could make his visit. Though many years have passed, the carol remains my favorite, and no Christmas Eve is complete without it.
This year we will be attending Mass on Christmas Eve. Candlelight will illuminate the church, and the singing of the last carol Silent Night will once again bring to mind that special night of so long ago when the Christ Child was born.
Now for a little history...
A Carol's Beginning(Photo from Flickr)
Silent Night had a very humble beginning. Originally, Silent Night was a poem written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in a small Alpine village called Oberndorf the organ at St. Nicholas Church broke. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with the intentions of it being played on a guitar. It was a simple task for the friend, and the music was ready for Midnight Mass. Perhaps, it is the most popular of all Christmas carols!