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Letter to the Editor: Carolers bring true spirit of Christmas

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Santa Claus came to my door last night with Carolers from Wesleyan college. What a joyful experience for all of us!

I did that when I was young.

Then it occurred to me that viewing from my nine decades of music, the Christmas Carols are the only songs we all have in common. They connected us with each other, past generations and centuries ago.

As I expressed my delight with their Christmas gift to me, I also shared the importance of what they were doing that night.

Christmas carols originally came into being to teach of the birth of Jesus, the savior of the world, of sin, His death, resurrection — all the essential beliefs in the Christian faith — to everyone, even people who might not read or write but could sing. Christmas carols are sung around the world by all generations. They are the songs that have been bound us together, churched and unchurched, young and old, near and far.

“Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!“ This is the call to sing of the miraculous birth of Jesus. So “Deck the halls with boughs of holly” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!“

Janice Gravely

Rocky Mount

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