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Advent 2009: “The First Christmas Night,” Moiselle Renstrom

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 26, 2009

Moiselle Renstrom (1889-1956), born in Huntsville, Utah, and teacher in the Utah school system, had a knack of writing short, simple songs that small children love to sing and act out. At least a dozen of her songs remain in the children’s song book today, among them –

“Jesus Said Love Everyone”  (treat them kindly too)
“Once There Was a Snowman” (snowman, snowman)
“A Happy Family” (“I love mother, she loves me”)
“Rain Is Falling All Around” (on the housetop, on the ground)

When little baby Jesus
Came on the earth to dwell,
A lovely star up in the sky
The happy news did tell.

The shepherds and the wisemen
Were guided by its light
To where the baby Jesus lay
On that first Christmas night.


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