More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

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Zondervan, 2006 - Music - 217 pages
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Ace Collins once again shares his gift of storytelling to bring you more of the hidden stories behind some of our most-loved Christmas songs. You'll discover expressions of faith, prayers for peace, and declarations of joy as you witness the birth and background of each tune. Did you know that The Little Drummer Boy was written on the eve of World War II, set aside and forgotten until the war was over? Do you know how Willie Nelson's early struggles are reflected in the lyrics of the popular country song Pretty Paper? Did you know we tie the thundering, angelic message of The Hallelujah Chorus to a precise moment in history we still honor today? As you travel across the centuries to uncover the deeper meaning of each song, you'll enrich your own connection to this vast celebration of the nativity and the gift of Jesus' birth. Collins is an ace at song history, dispensing compendiums of song backstories that are nothing if not tasty ... - Booklist.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Handels Hallelujah Chorus
13
Christmas Shoes
21
Let There Be Peace on Earth
27
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
34
O Christmas Tree
40
Thank God for Kids
49
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
55
The Coventry Carol
107
Here Comes Santa Claus
113
The Wassail Song
118
If Every Day Was Like Christmas
123
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
130
It Wasnt His Child
137
21
144
23
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Merry Christmas Darling
60
Sweet Little Jesus Boy
67
Some Children See Him
73
Caroling Caroling
81
The Star Carol
89
Come Thou LongExpected Jesus
97
Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
103
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Acknowledgments
209
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About the author (2006)

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

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