Musical Countdown to Christmas: Do You Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne

It's Christmas Eve! As you make last minute preparations, take time to still your heart and mind. Read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and listen to your favourite Christmas carols. Enjoy this second to last musical countdown to Christmas. Who were Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne? Noel Regney was … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: I Wonder and I Wander by John Jacob Niles

  Welcome to Day 10 of my musical countdown to Christmas. Remember to enter a comment for your chance to receive my gift of the day. Who was John Jacob Niles? Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1892 Learned music theory from his mother and began writing music as a teenager Served in … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel

Welcome to Day 9 in my musical countdown to Christmas. Only three more days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Who was George Frideric Handel? Born February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany, the son of a barber/surgeon Wanted to take music lessons; Was opposed by his father, but … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: We Three Kings by John H. Hopkins Jr.

Welcome to Day 8 in my musical countdown to Christmas. Today we take a look at We Three Kings by John H. Hopkins, Jr. Who was John H. Hopkins Jr.? Born October 28, 1820 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania His father was Bishop of Vermont Graduated from the University of Vermont Worked as 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...]

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