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Why Christmas Music Matters

Updated on December 19, 2016

Was it really more than 30 years ago? I sometimes wish for a time machine to go back, just once more.

Stille Nacht by Mannheim Steamroller has been a Christmas favorite for more than 30 years.

Its fitting to remember this beautiful piece of music on the day that our son got engaged and our daughter moved into a beautiful, new home. Fitting because they are all grown up and gone, but I still have my memories of 4 little Mullinger's.

As I grow older and become the generation which looks back more than forward, those days of long ago become more precious. We continue to make new memories, but the memories from those halcyon days are the sweet days I never want to forget.

Long ago when they were all little and still under our roof, coming home from Grandma Mullinger's house on Christmas Eve, we would play this song on the tape player in the car. All 4 kids would be snuggled in their coats, some asleep in the back seat as we drove the hour back from Cincinnati to where we lived.

I doubt they ever knew, but I would look out my car window, while listening to this beautiful song, and look up at the dark, cold Christmas sky and I would imagine that night centuries ago when Mary cradled her sleeping Son and I felt a mother to mother kinship with her.

It cannot be explained but all mothers know that feeling of overwhelming love.

Once home, we tucked them all into their beds and kissed those sweet, little faces goodnight.

Silent night.

Stille Nacht.

Mannheim Steamroller Stille Nacht

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    • Sallie Mullinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Sallie Mullinger 

      19 months ago from Ohio

      You are very welcome and Merry Christmas to you too!

    • Sallie Mullinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Sallie Mullinger 

      19 months ago from Ohio

      You are very welcome and Merry Christmas to you too!

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile image

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      19 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Silent Night was the first song that I learned in German. It was back when I was about 14 and I have never forgotten it. I studied German for a year, but it is such a gutteral language that I could not handle it, and had to stop. However, that song has stuck with me.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Merry Christmas!

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