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Advent 2009: “A Child’s Merriest Christmas,” Lula Greene Richards, Willy Reske

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 21, 2009

Lula Greene Richards (1849-1944) (have you noticed how long-lived some of our song writers are??), a great-niece of Brigham Young, sold the very first poem she ever offered to a newspaper. She was the first editor of The Woman’s Exponent, and a turn-of-the-century editor of the Juvenile Instructor. Her poetry appeared in virtually every church publication in existence during her lifetime.

We’ve already met Willy Reske, the German-born, New York City-based Latter-day Saint organist and composer.



2 Comments »

  1. What an interesting sentiment in the text of this song. I kinda like it. The music is nice, too.

    Comment by Hunter — November 21, 2009 @ 8:23 am

  2. Oh, I like this one, too. The music and text go well together, are very sweet, and follow the very common hymn pattern of A-A-B-A’. The text describes exactly what the progression of understanding should be regarding Christmas for a 10 to 14 year old child. (Compare the Christmas chapters in L.I. Wilder’s “By the Shores of Silver Lake” and “Little Town on the Prairie” describing celebration in the late 1870s. Compare also with that ubiquitous LDS video about the boy who helps his dad in the barn for a Christmas present.)

    Comment by Coffinberry — November 21, 2009 @ 9:02 am

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