Sally’s 12 Days of Christmas – a GIFT for you (day 3)

Ohhhhhhh we are cooking with gas now, huh? I am loving these designs!! And today's giftie is one of my faves of the series!! I hope you like it as much as I do!!

Here is the story behind the Christmas Carol, "Silent Night":

 In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg where they were to perform the story of Christ's birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas.
 Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas' church organ wasn't working and would not be repaired before Christmas. (Note: some versions of the story point to mice as the problem; others say rust was the culprit) Because the church organ was out of commission, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a private home. Even so, that Christmas presentation put assistant pastor Josef Mohr in a meditative mood. Instead of walking straight to his house that night, Mohr took a longer way home. The longer path took him up over a hill overlooking the village.
 From that hilltop, Mohr looked down on the peaceful snow-covered village. Reveling in majestic silence of the wintry night, Mohr gazed down at the glowing scene. His thoughts about the Christmas play suddenly made him to remember a poem he had written a couple of years before. It was a poem about the night when angels announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah to shepherds on a hillside.
 Mohr decided those words would make a good carol for his congregation the following evening at their Christmas eve service. However, he didn't have any music to which that poem could be sung. So, the next day Mohr went to see the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber. Gruber only had a few hours to come up with a melody which could be sung with a guitar. However, by that evening, Gruber had managed to compose a musical setting for the poem. It no longer mattered that their church organ was broken. They now had a Christmas carol they could sing without it.
 On Christmas Eve, the little Oberndorf congregation heard Gruber and Mohr sing their new composition to the accompaniment of Gruber's guitar.
 Weeks later, well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived to fix the St. Nicholas church organ. When he finished, Mauracher stepped back to let Gruber test the instrument. When Gruber sat down, his fingers began playing the simple melody he had written for Mohr's Christmas poem. Deeply impressed, Mauracher took the music and words of "Silent Night" back to his own Alpine village, Kapfing. There, two well-known families of singers — the Rainers and the Strassers — heard it. Captivated by "Silent Night," both groups put the new song into their Christmas season repertoire.

 The Strasser sisters spread the carol throughout northern Europe. In 1834, after they had performed "Silent Night" for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, that king ordered his cathedral choir to sing it every Christmas eve.
 The Rainers brought the song to the United States in 1839, singing it (in German) at the Alexander Hamilton Monument located outside New York City's Trinity Church.
 In 1863, nearly fifty years after being first sung in German, "Silent Night" was translated into English (by either Jane Campbell or John Young). In 1871 the English version was published in an American hymnal: Charles Hutchins' Sunday School Hymnal.

Here is your giftie today!

Day 3 Preview (strips come with and without ds)


{now available in Sally's 12 days of Christmas kit}

and here is a little sample of mine using my designs!! everything on this LO is included in the 12 Days of Christmas, except for the Paislee Press's Vintage Snowflake brush.


I'd love to feature you on my BLOG, too!!! Leave a comment with a link to a LO of yours using my designs!! 🙂 Happy day! and Merry Christmas!! 


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  1. Reply

    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent! Merry Christmas!

  2. Reply

    Love these strips Sally! Saving now 😀

  3. Reply

    Thanks so much Sally! Love them!!

  4. Reply

    These are adorable Sally!! You are amazing….. I don’t know how you do it all!!!!!

  5. Reply

    How fun ! tfs

  6. Reply

    Thank you for your lovely freebie! We have mentioned it over at our new blog, Digitally Inspired.

  7. Reply

    Beautifully done Sally … thanks for sharing!

  8. Reply

    Wow Sally! This is amazing! I love the way you write and you share love with us! I enjoyed so much reading about your family and your Christmas letter! You’re just awesome! Thank you for this wonderful gifts and for this beautiful story! Good luck with your design venture! 🙂 Big hugs!!!

  9. Reply

    Thank you so much for these word strips. Love to be reminded about Silent Night and the true meaning of Christmas. Thanks for that.

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