Jingle Bells at the Junction ~ Tracy Garrett


It’s almost time. Time for family, Santa Claus…and the celebration of the baby Jesus. All my life, my family has gathered at church to listen to the Christmas Gospel and sing together. Then the lights go down, a hundred small candles are lit and voices join in my favorite hymn.

 

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin Mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

From my house here on The Lake to yours,

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tracy Garrett
History, Texas, cowboys, horses—these are a few of Tracy’s favorite things. Check out her westerns at www.TracyGarrett.com.

17 Comments

  1. Beautiful, Tracy. And I love the German version. It reminds me of a long ago Christmas I spent in Hamburg, and those strong, beautiful voices.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a sweet, peaceful holiday.

  2. Merry Christmas Tracy.
    It’s Christmas Eve Eve. I need groceries today. 🙂
    And a tidier house.
    Then tomorrow the fun begins.

  3. Tracy! You live on a lake? I had no idea. Very cool, Christmas tree and all.

    Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend!

  4. Elizabeth, I grew up in a German Lutheran congregation so I know exactly what you mean about those wonderful strong voices.

    I look forward to this hymn every Christmas.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Mary, enjoy all the fun. Merry Christmas!

  6. Yes, Pam, I live on a lake. The view from our balcony is pretty amazing. I’m hoping for a few snowflakes for Christmas–it’s so beautiful, falling on the water
    Merry Christmas!

  7. What a lovely tradition, Tracy!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  8. Thank you for publishing the Greman word. I learned some 50+ years ago and could not remember it. My son-in-law is always surprised when I speak any German to him.

    Love the picture. Have a Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas, Tracy. What a lovely family tradition and the picture is fabulous. Who says there has to be snow at Christmas?

  10. Thanks Charlene & Renee. Merry Christmas!

  11. Connie J., you’re welcome. Merry Christmas!

  12. Merry Christmas Tracy, sounds like a beautiful way to spend Christmas. We use to go to the Christmas programs at Church also.

  13. Merry Christmas, Tracy! I love the German version of “Silent Night!” Beautiful tradition at your church.

    –Kirsten

  14. Merry Merry Christmas! 🙂

  15. Thanks for the post. Have a wonderful Christmas and a great 2013.

  16. Tracy, that is my favorite, too. It always has been, since I was a child. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas.
    That picture is just gorgeous!
    Cheryl

  17. Wow! That’s a beautiful view Tracy! Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas!
    Happy New Year! Maxie

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