This year, thing’s really will be different and maybe the pre-Christmas period really will be reflective. This year, I think we have reset our priorities and come to realise what’s really important. As unfortunately Christmas markets aren’t taking place this year, I’m quite content to spend time with my family enjoying Christmas biscuits, punch and mulled wine. I’ve even managed to bake a colourful collection of biscuits - now that’s something.
Have you also wondered about the origins of the world-famous carol “Silent Night, Holy Night“? How it became so famous and why it was written? Then keep reading, I’ll now tell you a little bit about it.Did you know that the song text was actually written as a poem? The assistant priest, Joseph Mohr, wrote it in 1816 in Mariapfarr. At his request Franz Xaver Gruber composed a melody to the poem just before Christmas in 1818. On Christmas Eve the two performed the world-famous song for the first time as a male duet in Oberndorf. Accompanied by Mohr on the guitar. He was, therefore, not only the poet of the Christmas carol, but also the initiator. Unfortunately, the motive behind the composition of the song is not clear, but it is rumoured that the little church organ was out of order and therefore the two men composed a song with guitar accompaniment.