Story Behind the Song: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Today a friend shared this post from Our Daily Bread, about the origin of the song, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by one of my favorite poets: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

After losing his wife in 1861 he found Christmas a difficult holiday to celebrate without her. Two years later, during the Civil War his son was seriously injured and Christmas was a sad time again. That was when he wrote this song, with it’s beautiful seventh stanza after several sad and dark verses.

About Julia

Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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