Musical Countdown to Christmas – The Birthday of a King by William H. Neidlinger

Welcome to Day 6 of my Musical Countdown to Christmas. I hope you're enjoying this series as much as I am. Today we take a look at The Birthday of a King by William H. Neidlinger. Who was William H. Neidlinger? Born in 1863 Studied in Brooklyn, London, and Paris A Composer of two operas, a … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Joy to the World by Isaac Watts

Welcome to my musical countdown to Christmas, Day 5. You may also want to read about the carols and composers from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. Don't forget to leave a comment for an opportunity to win my gift of the day. Who was Isaac Watts? Born on July 17, 1674 in Southampton, … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Who was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? Born in Maine in 1807 The second child of eight Enjoyed writing and planned many writing projects with his friend William Browne Published his first poem at age 13 Attended Bowdoin College along with Nathaniel Hawthorne Learned seven different … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Away in a Manger by John T. McFarland

Welcome to day 3 in my musical countdown to Christmas. You may also be interested in reading the posts for Day 1 and Day 2. Don't forget to leave a comment below for your chance to win! Who was John T. McFarland? Born January 2, 1851 Methodist Minister who served in Iowa, Illinois, Rhode … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Angels We Have Heard on High

Thanks for following along with this musical countdown to Christmas. If you missed Day 1, you can find it here. Who was James Chadwick? Born at Drogheda, Ireland on April 24, 1813 Third son of of John Chadwick and Francis Dromgoole Ordained as Priest on December 17, 1836 The Roman … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Silent Night by Joseph Mohr

Welcome to my musical countdown to Christmas for 2014! In these posts I will share some "behind the scenes" information about the Christmas Carol and composer for the day, as well as a link to a performance of the song. Enjoy! Who was Joseph Mohr? Born in Salzburg on December 11, 1792 His … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Prepare

Five Minute Friday is a weekly challenge for bloggers where we are given a prompt and write for five minutes. Then we share the results with the Five Minute Friday community on Kate's blog. Come join us! When we think of Christmas, we think of preparing: Preparing food - like special cookies, … [Read more...]

Free Christmas Short Story!

  This month I would like to give you a Christmas short story called Hope for Jimmy. All you need to do to receive this story is fill in the form below with your name, e-mail address, and tell me what you'd like me to blog about in the coming year. I hope this story will remind you that … [Read more...]

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