(Yes, it is a busy season but please check back Wednesday, December 26th for a particularly moving and satisfying Christmas experience.)

The Carol of the Bells comes from pagan Ukraine. It was a spring song of life reborn. It has a captivating four note sequence. When Christianity came to Ukraine, the people changed the focus to the Christmas story and the season to January (the Ukrainian Advent and Christmas tide). The last lines seem to invite Americans to all come together on this one thing—Christmas:

Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Christmas is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas!
Merry, merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas!

On, on they send, on without end
Their joyful tone to every home.

Our new friends, Celtic Woman, capture the enchantment perfectly. Watch and listen”


About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson: a mature Christian who understands the sweep of history, the unique role of America and these times clearly and precisely.
This entry was posted in 2012, Advent and Christmas. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s