Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It’s a Small Town

It was a small village, but it soon became a big story one night. The little town of Bethlehem is now a Palestinian city that is located around the central part of the West Bank in Palestine. It has around 25,000 people living there, and of course, the economy is tourist driven.

However, one night, a couple thousand plus years ago, it was the scene of a birth that would rock the world. It started its humble journey into history as a small, yet fortified, city ruled by Rehoboam, who was an Israeli king from biblical times. Bethlehem was the home of David, and then, Jesus. Over time, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times.

In the early 1800s, Phillips Brooks, then an Episcopalian priest in Philadelphia took a visit to the city of Bethlehem, and after that visit, he was so inspired by the city and overwhelmed by being in the town of Jesus’ birth that he sat down and wrote a poem.

He took his poem to the organist at his church, who applied a tune as the accompaniment.  He explains that he was so busy thinking about an upcoming lesson that he was teaching that the tune was hastily thrown together for a one evening performance and nothing more. He was at a loss as to the tune and said that divine intervention by an angel gave him the tune.

Later the tune did live on and was published as a leaflet and it was published in the book titled The Church Porch, and the editor gave it the name St. Louis. For the life of me, I cannot make the connection as to why or what he was thinking to give it that name.

In Britain, they use another tune for the song called The Ploughboys’ Dream.

None the less, it is another Christmas carol that we can attribute to the United States.

Here is a purely American rendition of this favorite tune.

Now that you are all warm and cozy, and possibly even snuggled up next to a roaring fire, let’s go shopping.

Here are some things that caught my attention this week, maybe you would like to add them to your gift basket, as well.

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle Embroidered Towel

Simple Embroidery Sew 

Victorian Style Bracelet Wedding Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

OOAK Wire Wrapped Quartz Crystal Earrings


Owl In Flight Necklace

Wyvern Designs 

Tiny Lavender and White Star Stud Earrings

Resetar Glass Art 

Christmas Polar Bear Lampwork Bead Necklace

Blue Morning Expressions 


Baby Elephant Stickers in Blue and Stripes


Macro Photography Barrel Cactus in Black and White Nature Photograph Desert Life Spiral Zen

Butterfly in the Attic 

Pendant of a Million Stars Dichroic Glass Argentium Silver Wire Wrapped Cabochon



Large Swarovski Teardrop Links with Crystal AB Bead Chandelier Earrings


Angel Earrings


Handmade Multi-layer 3D Crochet with Silver Accents

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Om Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Black Cat Coin Purse


Real Pearl Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Sterling Silver Full Persian Chainmaille Bracelet


Handmade Lampwork Bead Silvered Ivory

Covergirl Beads 

Pewter Spiral Handmade Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Sterling Silver Sixteenth 16th Music Note Cut Out Charm Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Netherland Antillean Guilder 10 Cent Coin Pendant




Here are some more showcases for you to enjoy:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10

Silent Night, Holy Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Go Tell it on the Mountain
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in the Manger
O’ Tannenbaum
We Three Kings


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


  1. Fantastic blog, Julie and Blu! Thank you so much for including my bracelet. Shared.

  2. Interesting story about the song and title. Thanks for including my angel earrings.


  3. Lovely pieces! Thank you for including my tiny star earrings. Have pinned all .

  4. Always love the history of our beloved Christmas carols - thanks for sharing the info, Julie and Blu. Such wonderful handmade goodies shared here, as well. Many thanks for sharing my spiral earrings. Sharing world wide everywhere I can. Treats to the Noble Blu Dog from Barking at Workmen Next Door Dog.

  5. Thank you Julie for sharing another awesome Christmas carol with history. Also, for the promotions of these lovely handmade items. Will be sharing all about the town!

  6. Thank you, Julie! As always, there are so many wonderful gift items here. Sharing...

  7. So enjoyed reading your post Julie! Thank you for helping to promote all of our handmade items. Sharing.

  8. So interesting - I love that Christmas carol! Thanks for that, and more thanks for this extra promo and including my Om earrings. :) Will be sharing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Beautiful One from me and Gonze!

  9. Interesting blog about a special Christmas carol. Thanks for including my lampwork beads.

  10. It's always interesting to me to learn how songs came about. This is no exception. Thank you, Julie, for another interesting blog filled with information AND beautiful handmade creations. Will share!

  11. Thank you for including my coin pendant, will share.

  12. I always enjoy reading your post and learning another history of Christmas carol. Thank you for including my Elephant stickers.

  13. Thanks for including my dish towel. Always love reading your interesting stories. i have either pinned or tweeted the beautiful items you put together. thank you again.

  14. Wonderful Julie and Blu.
    Sorry I'm late sharing, but crazy week. Thanks for sharing and including my bracelet. You are right...I am singing.
    Off to share

  15. Thank you for including my Black Cat Coin Purse! Have pinned all items :-)

  16. Another story of a song - this one going back to biblical times! Thanks for including my 3D Crocheted Rose in White and Silver!