Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Let’s Hear Them Sing

Hark, the herald angels sing … 

This song harkens back to the time when Charles Wesley was starting the Methodist Church and he penned this poem for a Christmas service. His poem was then set to somber music that was slow in tempo and very serious. It was fashioned after another of Wesley’s compositions, Christ the Lord has Risen Today

It opened with a couplet that is a bit different than we know today. The original began with Hark! how all the Welkin rings, Glory to the Kings of Kings rather than Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king that we still sing. Wesley’s co-worker, George Whitefield, made the lyric change not long after the first performance. 

While we don’t know the exact date of the song, it was published in 1739 in a collection of songs from John Wesley. 

Over the years, this song has been re-written, improved upon and tweaked to suit the needs of those who were performing it. It has several verses that have been written in, crossed out and rewritten. 

Everyone had their hands in it, but no one ever changed the music until 1840 when it was over 100 years old. Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata that celebrated the printing press by Johann Gutenberg and musician William H. Cummings had a “ta da” moment and swiped part of the cantata for Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. We’ve been singing Mendelssohn ever since. 

This is a classic song that brings back memories of youth, and what better way to regain that youthful feeling than to enjoy the cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. 

Oh, don’t look at me that way; you know you loved it!

Who can resist the joyful gathering of Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown, Pig Pen, Schroeder, Snoopy and all the rest?  Let’s be joyful while I share some wonderful gift ideas that will make anyone on your gift list very joyful.

Large Mustard Gold Handmade Tote Bag


Honda Goldwing Christmas Tree Ornament

Kevs Krafts 

The Daily Grind Grinding Stone from Rustic Colorado

Butterfly in the Attic

Snowman Christmas Cards


Wire Wrapped Spiral Choker style necklace

Crafting Memories 1 

Handmade Necklace and Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Amber Art Glass Platter or Tray

Resetar Glass Art 

Victorian Style Watch

Treasures of Jewels 

Citrine and Visage de Soleil Sun Gold-Filled Long Dangle Earrings

Kats All That 

Art Glass Pendant Butterscotch Lampwork Glass Bead Sterling

Covergirl Beads 

Gold Bracelet Puffy Squares Linked Beads Adjustable

The Singing Beader 

Dog Coin Purse


Gold Pearl Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Gold Drop Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Fancy Fur Scarf and Hat Set

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Gold Crystal Necklace

Linor Store

Dog Rescue Copper Paw Print and Hearts Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs

Round Faceted Green Glass and Gold Beaded Holiday Christmas Bracelet

Dianes Dangles 

These talented artists are available for special requests or orders, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions about these pieces. 
Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3 Week 4
Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now. 


  1. Than you for including my bracelet in your lovely joyful selection of Christmas gifts, will share.

  2. Another interesting history of a well-loved (at least to me) Christmas song. Always look forward to see which song you will highlight next. And also enjoy seeing the handmade items you share in the post. A lovely selection of metallic-y, golden, coppery items from a group of very talented artists! Seamus and I thank you for including my dog rescue earrings. Seamus also sends treats to his friend, Blu.

  3. Thank you Julie and Blue for another interesting post on Christmas songs! Really appreciate your time and effort put into promoting all of us! Sharing.

  4. Thank you Julie & Blu! All pinned and shared. :-)

  5. Thank you Julie & Blu! All pinned and shared. :-)

  6. Thank you, Julie! It's always fun to see your picks! Thank you for showing my bracelet! All pinned.

  7. Great selections, Julie and Blu. Thank you so much for including my necklace. Shared.

  8. Thank you Julie and Blu for another great mid week Christmas blog. Thanks for including my watch bracelet. Off to share.

  9. YES....I loved the Charlie Brown version!! Thank you Julie for another entertaining week of sharing and fun. Sharing...

  10. One of my favorite Christmas carols! And I totally love the Peanuts gang singing it. :) Thanks so much for all this work after you've been dealing with Hurricane Matthew - my goodness! And thanks for including my gold earrings. Treats to beautiful Blu from Gonze, and will be sharing!

  11. Enjoyed hearing about how far back one of my favorite Christmas carol's dates back. Thanks for including my Butterscotch lampwork pendant!

  12. Thanks so much for the history on the song and for including my crystal necklace. I've posted it on my website

  13. One of my favorite Christmas songs! Thanks so much for featuring my tote bag along with all of these wonderful items. Pinned to my Christmas countdown.

  14. Another interesting history on Christmas songs! Thank you for including my Snowman Christmas Cards. Off to share.

  15. Love that part of Charlie Brown Christmas - I always tear up! Thank you for sharing - and for including my Fused Glass Platter in your informative blog. Sharing -