QUESTION for 9th Day of Christmas Past

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Christmas of Past 2011 | 2 comments

Christmas Past contest going on now, see 11/22 post for details.  Welcome back to our Israel Tour, this day’s question is in honor of all the special memories you have made of the Holy Land this Christmas!

On the NINTH Day of Christmas Past, the QUESTION is to be –

6.  What Christmas hymn was written by a Harvard-trained minister who based the hymn on his pictured memories of a visit to the Holy Land in 1865.


  1. Answer: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

  2. O Little Town of Bethlehem (1868)

    Phillips Brooks, rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, wrote the lyrics. Brooks gained the inspiration for this composition by visiting the Holy Land in 1865. He wrote the song as a Christmas gift for the children of his church in 1868. The organist, Lewes Redner, composed the melody on Christmas day.

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