Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blog Caroling 2010

The FootnoteMaven has challenged geneabloggers to blog their favorite Christmas carols. The song that came immediately to mind was "O Holy Night". Growing up I remember our parents singing this song as a duet. Since losing our Dad after a long battle with cancer this past summer there are plenty of bittersweet memories. I will forever hear their voices blended perfectly as they sang this beloved carol.

"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877), a wine merchant and poet, who had been asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of mankind's redemption. (from Wikipedia)


  1. Thanks for sharing this beautiful rendition of this carol. Music brings back many memories for me, too. It must have been wonderful to hear your parents sing this as a duet.

    I wish you the blessings of this season.

  2. I'm so sorry for your father's passing this summer and what that will mean for Christmas this year. How wonderful that your parents sang together. It is a beautiful carol and the Celtic Women sang it so well.