I collect Christmas tree ornaments, or I should say they collect me! I really hadn't thought about collecting them until my mother-in-law began giving me a tree ornament every year for Christmas. This began early in my marriage, almost 31 years ago, and I now have a very sizable collection of ornaments. My mom-in-law hasn't given me any new ornaments the past few years, but I have continued the tradition by buying myself one at the beginning of every Christmas season. I thought I would share some photos of them with you during the following days.
The first one is my Christmas Tree Top Angel. I've had her for about 4 years now. She is beautiful as she sits atop our tree, heralding the birth of the Christ Child so long ago in Bethlehem, but who is alive forevermore!
I also would like to occasionally share a short history of some of our most beloved Christmas carols. The first one I'd like to tell the story of is "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."
The words for this American carol are based on a poem written by Unitarian minister Dr. Edmund Sears in 1849. The following year, inspired by the poem, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer as well as editor and critic for the New York Tribune, wrote a melody called "Carol" to which the words were adapted.