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"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

H ~ The A-Z of Christmas

Welcome Christmas friends to the A-Z of Christmas. Today's letter is H...

is for...
The Holly and the Ivy, Holy Night, Happy Holidays.

As an evergreen plant that bears vibrant berries even in the dead of Winter, holly is a natural choice for decorative foliage for Christmas. Its symbolic importance stems back to Druid times who considered the holly to have magical properties.


Holly is associated with males and as such is considered to bring men good luck, whereas ivy is the female counterpart, so be sure to decorate with both  to have a fortuitous Christmas for the whole family.

Happy Holidays is a greeting used everywhere nowadays instead of Merry Christmas. It is thought that in using the term Happy Holidays, one would not offend others who don't celebrate the holiday, Christmas. Personally, I greet everyone with a big smile and wish them a Merry Christmas because it is Christmas I am celebrating. If the Lord had not yet come, we wouldn't even be celebrating!

O Holy Night is one of my favourite Christmas carols.

"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877), a wine merchant and poet, who had been asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem. A minister, John Sullivan Dwight,[2] editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of mankind's redemption.

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

What is your favourite Christmas carol? Please join me tomorrow for the letter I.

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi...I just found this! Didn't know you had a second blog. This is fabulous and I support you whole heartedly!

  2. Hi lovely lady;
    Your Blog is Gorgeous for the Holidays sweet lady. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas..
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape.
    XXOO Diane