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Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Or When Is My Favourite Carol going to come true???)
I wrote a version of this post for a "Scribbles" meeting but I saw something last night which made me decide to rewrite it slightly.

My all time favourite Christmas Carol is "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" - or "Silent Night".  To be honest I prefer the Dutch version to the English one (I would, wouldn't I?) - however, I do have a good reason for this.

The only public performance of me singing a duet with my Mum was at a Church service when I was in Secondary School.  It was one verse of "Silent Night" in Dutch.  (She got me to memorise it so well that I always sing the first verse in Dutch in her memory unless I am in a choir.)

Anyway - I decided one night to try to find a version of "Silent Night" on YouTube which reminded me of a few friends of mine (three to be exact).  I may not be able to understand a word of Czech but I loved the sound of the singing.  I am hoping that one of my three friends will write it out in Czech for me and translate it.

However, I digress.

Last night I was watching a video with a partial rendition of the English version by my favourite female singer (I am really envious of the person who ended up with the full version of it.) and I got to thinking about what I had written as an exercise for "Scribbles".

(Listening to someone with the voice of the Angelic Hosts singing part of your favourite carol really concentrates the mind.)

We sing "Silent Night" but we have never actually had a proper Silent Night at Christmas.  What with wars and arguments going on.

Even the place where Jesus was born is the subject of a bitter battle between three religions - Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

My favourite line in the carol comes from the Dutch version "David's Zoon - lang verwacht" (or "David's Son long awaited").

As we near the end of this time of Advent - may we wish for proper Peace and Goodwill to ALL Men, Women, and Children in the world - whereever they are and in whatever situation they find themselves in.

I am never one to go into "God Selling" mode on here - after all, you are free to believe in whatever Deity you like - but I hope you will allow me this one indulgence.

May the Perfect Peace settle around your shoulders,
May the Full Contentment rest in your heart.
May the Sweet Joy surround your soul,
and May the All-encompassing Love live in the words you speak.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
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