December 24, 2010

On the 1st day of Christmas

This song is far too common or always heard that we hardly listen to the message of the song.  I had a hard time looking for the really complete version of this song before I found this video. His lyrics are also altered a bit, and he skipped the third verse (that's why I added the little girl's version at the bottom. She sang the third verse at 2:11 timestamp). Check the Wordpress one for, I think the original one. Most of the ones who sang this song (including Celine Dion and Josh Groban) didn't include the second verse, which is my favorite part of the song (especially the "behold your King" part). Today, I want you to try, as you listen to the song, to read the lyrics and really take into your heart its meaning.

Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees! Oh hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine! Oh night when Christ was born.
Oh night divine! Oh night, oh night divine!

Led by the light of a faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star is sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay in lowly manger;
With all our trials, born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weakness no stranger,
Behold your King! Before the lowly bend!
Behold your King! Your King! Before Him bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother.
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
Noel! Noel! Oh night, oh night divine!
Noel! Noel! Oh night, oh night divine!
Noel, Noel! Oh night, oh night divine!

This is one of my favorite songs that is being played during the Christmas season. I really love this song. I always sang it when I was just a little girl. But I only knew the first verse then. I heard the complete song 2 years ago in my grandparents' ward at church. A member of their ward sang it and he did so well, it sent chills down my spine. The second and third verses always hit home for me. 

I don't like doing the shortcut of the word "Christmas" like other people do (they write it as x-mas). For me (in my opinion), it's basically taking out the very word/name to whom the holiday season is being celebrated for.

Let's not forget, while opening our Christmas gifts, what the true meaning of Christmas is. It is to celebrate our Savior's birth. I am eternally grateful and indebted for His birth. Without Him, we will not have the chance to go back to our Heavenly Father's presence.

Merry Christmas!

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