Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There was a Revelation

Or something like that that was the inspiration for this next tune.

It was penned in 1865 in England, but it is a much more popular carol in the United States than it is in its homeland. That may have to do with the music more than the actual carol.

Apparently, a Mr. William Dix was an insurance company manager in the 1800s – yeah, I was just as surprised as you to find out that they had that position filled around about that time, too -  and he got deathly ill. (Think he had insurance?) He was bedridden with depression and close to death.

During that illness, he decided that since he was going to die, a good spiritual renewal was in order. Once he recovered he wrote the words to this carol and a number of other pieces. He titled this The Manger Throne, and it began with a rhetorical question that was answered in the second verse and the third verse was a call to all to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. 

It can be called haunting, soulful or any other airy description, but it was dropped onto an English folk song titled Greensleeves. Thus, What Child is This? is sung to a tune already being used by the English. It is not known who actually paired the song with the poem, so we don’t hold Mr. Dix responsible for that since it was published in a book of carols about six or seven years after he wrote it, and that compilation author may have done the pairing.

The focus is the wonder of the shepherds who are marveling at the baby Jesus and murmuring among themselves that this must be the Christ child.

It truly is a beautiful song, and my 40 year old son won’t remember that this was a lullaby that I sang to him when he was tiny.

I promise you, my son’s lullaby sounded nothing like this rendition of What Child is This?

This sweet tune will have you humming all day long, and while you do, here are some things that you might enjoy.

Put them in your shopping cart and hit BUY NOW.


Blue Sugar Skull Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

Shades of Mauve, Green, and Brown Handmade Fabric Handbag


Glamour Girl Over-the-Collar Dog Bandanas


Red & Pink Millefiori Flower Fused Glass Oval Pendant

Resetar Glass Art 

Copper Sunset Wire Wrapped Dichroic Fused Glass Cabochon Handmade Pendant


Pink Tulip Ring - Round Table Topper Crochet Art Decor

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Hand Felted Decorative Wool Bowl

Wyvern Designs 



Hand Knit Vintage Rose Lace Shawl

Crafting Memories 1



Bridal Hair Comb – Pearls for Weddings


Bumble Bee Thimble

Blue Morning Expressions 

Baby Girl Elephant Water Bottle Labels

Adore by Nat 

Rose Pink Moonstone Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Glass Charm Large Hole Lampwork Bracelet Bead Red Pink Bubbles Dots


Silver Threader Earrings


Pink Bracelet for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Advertisement for Kranich & Bach Pianos Vintage Postcards


Pink Pearl Crystal Necklace Three Strands Half Chain Swarovski

The Singing Beader 

Bubblegum Pink Handmade Lampwork Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 


Kumihimo Dragon Scale Salmon Pink Plus-Size Handmade Bracelet


Pink Rhodonite Oval Gemstone Sterling Size 8 Ring

Dianes Dangles 

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
Week 11

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
O Little Town of Bethlehem

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  1. Thank you Julie! Another interesting post. Thanks for including my pink bracelet!

  2. Thanks Julie for the music origins. Thanks for including my bridal comb. Will share.

  3. This is such a pleasing selection of gift ideas! Thank you so much for including my pendant!

  4. Thank you Julie and Blu for including my shawl. I love reading your posts, your humor always puts a smile on my face. Shared

  5. Lovely selection of gifts for Christmas or any occasion! Thanks for including my large hole lampwork bead.

  6. Here is Donna's link!/Glamour-Girl-Over-the-Collar-Dog-Bandanas-Med-Large/p/71061108

    I fooged :D

  7. Thank you for including my ring in your wonderful selection of gift ideas, will share.

  8. Such pretty pinks! Enjoyed looking at all these beauties and reading about one of my favorite Christmas carols. Thanks, Julie! Will share...

  9. This is my all time favorite Christmas carol (along with O, Holy Night) - and I'm very partial to "Greensleeves," as well. Maybe it is the melody (: As always, a fascinating read as to how this beautiful song came about. And so many beauties to choose from for that special person. Many thank, Julie and Blu, for including my pink lampwork earrings. Will share the post far and wide. Seamus says to tell Blu that lizard chasing is not happening too much here anymore (we had our first freeze last night) but he is keeping his eye out for the dratted, cheeky spotted ground squirrel that has the audacity to come into the yard to drink some water!

  10. Thank you Julie, love the gorgeous pinks. Love your choice of Christmas carol. Now off to share.

  11. How sweet! Singing this as a lullaby to your baby boy! Thank you Julie for an interesting post, and for including my dragonscale bracelet. Will be promoting.

  12. Oh I love that song, thank you for sharing the the history behind it. Beautiful pink collection as well. Will share.

  13. Love Greensleeves - and love What Child is This? Thanks for the interesting background, and for more wonderful gift ideas! SPecial thanks for including my sugar skull earrings. Will be sharing! (Treats to the Beautiful One from Gonze!)

  14. Thanks so much for including my vintage postcard in this wonderful post. Promoted :)
    Have a blessed day

  15. Tweeted link and added all to my board on pinterest. Thanks so much for including my purse. Appreciate all the promos.

  16. Love your gift guide in sweet pink :) Have pinned all at

    Thank you!