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Quotes of the Day for 24 December 2002 – Christmas

The year was 1818. It was a cold Christmas Eve at Saint Nicholas Church at Oberndorf, Austria, and Pastor Joseph Franz Mohr was frustrated. The Salzach river had rushed over its banks, spilling into the church and putting the organ out of commission. It was only hours until the midnight mass would be sung, and there would be no anthem. Pastor Mohr took a poem he had written two years earlier and walked the three kilometers to the home of Franz Xaver Gruber, school teacher and part-time choir master. Gruber accepted the challenge, and the congregation heard "Stille Nacht" presented by the choir with guitar accompaniment that night. "Silent Night" first was heard in 1863, in both German and English it is probably the most popular Christmas song of all time.

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The quotes:

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart ... filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.
     - Bess Streeter Aldrich

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.
     - Gladys Taber

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
     - Oren Arnold

The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.
     - Phillips Brooks

Think, In mounting higher,
The angels would press on us, and aspire
To drop some golden orb of perfect song
Into our deep, dear silence.
     - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861


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