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O Holy Night: Christmas Memory of a Child

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  1. Bill Bolte says:

    Truly, an awesome Christmas hymn…I had heard it many times before I had truly “heard it“. That impactful time of “hearing” O Holy Night actually came to me with my then-girlfriend/one-day-to-be-my-wife at the Lied Center in Lincoln in which a sign-language interpreter so eloquently and beautifully signed the song along with the choir. Honestly, I had never “heard“ the song in such a powerful manner! Thanks for sharing, Terry!

    1. Terry Dittmer says:

      How cool!!! Thanks for your memories! God bless your Christmas!
      TKD

  2. David Meggers says:

    I can still smell the orange in the bag along with the peanuts. We got ribbon hard candy along with the chocolate drops. No observing any fire marshall rules; folding chairs lined the center aisle, even squeezed them into the side aisles of Zion Lutheran Church, Arcadia, IA circa 1961. And I love the revitalization plan.

    1. Terry Dittmer says:

      Thanks for your memories! God bless your Christmas!
      TKD

  3. Richard sejba says:

    I also love the hymn “O Holy Night” and consider it my favorite Christmas hymn. I have since I was a little boy. I’d like to share an interesting story about this hymn . I don’t remember my exact age but we were starting to practice for our SS Christmas Eve program at Bethany Lutheran church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and I asked my SS teacher if we could sing O Holy Night in the program. Her responce was no, that it was too Catholic. I believe her take on this was that the term Holy is only applied to the Godhead himself and not a night. Interesting!!! I still love the hymn.

    1. Terry Dittmer says:

      Thanks for your memories! God bless your Christmas!
      TKD

  4. Judi says:

    I just want to thank you for this beautiful Story. As I read it , I could feel the excitement from a 5 year old child, See the magic unfold with each word. Thank you for Sharing it and thank you for the reminder. My husband and I have 4 children in our home this Christmas and It sure made me think about What will your children see, What will they hear? What will they feel? What will they taste? Thank you for that.

    1. Terry Dittmer says:

      Thank you! May God bless your Christmas richly!
      TKD

  5. Sandra Kohrt says:

    for 8 years I walked into the Christmas Eve service singing O Come All Ya Faithful (1954-1961) and oh yes, I remember those candy bags. My husband and I visit that congregation every Christmas Eve… Wonderful memories for both of us.

    1. Terry Dittmer says:

      Thanks for your memories! God bless your Christmas!
      TKD

  6. Linda Kronsbein Lowe says:

    Thank you for the memories, Terry. I loved growing up at Immanuel. Just today I was talking about the Candle Light Services with all the choirs – from the grade school, girls high school age, and adult. We sang our praises to the Lord, some on key and some not so much, but all beautiful to Him. A blessed Christmas to you.

    1. Terry Dittmer says:

      How very cool to hear from you! Thanks for your memories! God bless your Christmas!
      TKD

  7. Jeanette Hartmann Lampe says:

    I was a member of Immanuel and sang in the Choir for about 15-16 years. I returned to Nebraska in 1970. I well remember the beautiful church and the Christmas Concerts we gave. Wonderful memories, I always loved that beautiful church. How wonderful to see a picture of it again.