Singing trumps fighting
December 27, 2018
The carol "O Holy Night" is a favorite at Christmas time, especially when sung by someone who can, as Huffington Post puts it, "raise the rafters on the '-vine' of 'Oh night di-.'" The song itself has a controversial history of highs and lows, ecclesiastical machinations, popular support and even, as the story goes, the ability to stop a war.
The song originated in 1847 in the small French town of Roquemaure when a priest asked town poet Placide Cappeau to create a poem for Christmas. Cappeau agreed to do so and subsequently composed all six stanzas of "Minuit, Chretiens" during a long coac...