This Christmas as I sing "O Little Town of Bethlehem
," I will recall my visit to Fredericksburg.
I have found these words of his helpful this week: "As the world continues to talk peace, Israel continues to build the wall and while Christians continue singing 'O little town of Bethlehem
', Israel makes sure that this town stays as 'little' as possible.
Words from the carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem
, have come to mind: "How still we see thee lie".
For Wintersong, McLachlan has put her predictably lush lite-pop spin on yuletide standards and classics like "Silent Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem
," and rarely have they sounded this gorgeous.
The traditional pieces comprising this enthusiastically recommended CD album include Little Drummer Boy (1:48); Jingle Bells (2:24); Joy to the World (1:18); Deck the Halls (1:36); Silent Night (2:32); The First Noel (2:32); Angels We Have Heard on High (1:50); O Holy Night (3:47); O Little Town of Bethlehem
(2:01); Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (2:39); Frosty the Snowman (2:05); The Twelves Days of Christmas (4:07); O, Christmas Tree (1:41); It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (2:21) Away in a Manger (2:10); We Wish You A Merry Christmas (2:29); What Child is This?
So when we sing songs like "O little town of Bethlehem
" we need to remember that behind all these stories is an entire legacy of labelling that is as alive today as it was then.
"However many times we sing O Little Town of Bethlehem
, the reality of life there is very different from the romantic image.