By Betty Vanderwielen
Pathfinder 

Singing trumps fighting

 

December 27, 2018

Public domain

This statue entitled "All together now" by Andy Edwards in the garden of the bombed-out church of St Luke's Church, Liverpool, commemorates the tentative beginning of the Christmas Truce. The soccer ball alludes to the accounts of friendly "football" skirmishes which took place between the British and German troops.

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...



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