Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Lore--Day 1

For the month of December, I would like to share a tidbit of Christmas lore with you each day.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Me playing the dulcimer at the Hofauger House, Virginia's Explore Park

 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

The comma is important in the opening line of this hymn.  It is not, as so often thought, addressed to merry gentlemen, but rather to those who may be anxious.  Its message of God's reassuring love is specifically directed at the shepherds who are frightened by the sudden appearance of an angel in their midst.  

This hymn grew out of folk tradition, probably coming from the west of England and originating in the eighteenth or early nineteenth century

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, 
Let nothing you dismay, 
Remember Christ our Savior 
Was born on Christmas day, 
To save us all from Satan's pow'r 
When we were gone astray;
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, 
O tidings of comfort and joy.
The shepherds at those tidings 
Rejoiced much in mind, 
And left their flocks a-feeding, 
In tempest, storm, and wind, 
And went to Bethlehem straightway 
This blessed babe to find:
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, 
O tidings of comfort and joy.
Now to the Lord sing praises, 
All you within this place, 
And with true love and brotherhood 
Each other now embrace; 
This holy tide of Christmas 
All others doth deface:
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, 
 O tidings of comfort and joy.


  1. LOVE the photo! A woman of many talents.

  2. Hey, Kim,
    I love the photo, too. I want to live, right now. It looks like I picture my little cabin in the woods one of these days, way up in the NC mountains.
    You have truly been blessed with all the things you have been able to do in your life. And, again I agree with the previous comment, Very talented, too!!
    You made a great decision to be a "blogger" so you could share with all of us.


  3. Thanks for your comments! :) I truly do enjoy sharing information on this blog.

    The house that this photo was taken in was built in 1837 and was originally build at the intersection of Colonial Avenue and Ogden Rd In Roanoke. It was moved to Virginia's Explore Park in the early 1990s and it is where I worked from 1994-2007. I would LOVE to own it!

  4. If ever I win the lottery, the Hofauger house is yours but only if you'll make some German potato salad every Christmas. I have never had potato salad that I've liked except yours.

  5. If you buy me the Hofauger House, I will fix German potato salad MORE than once a year for you! :)


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