Like Silent Night and Christmas Eve/Sarajevo, What Child is This? is a well-known Christmas carol that has a pretty cool story attached to it.
When he was twenty-nine years old, William Chatterton Dix, an English writer, contracted a near-fatal disease that kept him bedridden for quite a while. He became depressed, as most people probably would, but he used his time in bed rest, not knowing if he would survive the night, to write hymns and poems. The most famous one he wrote was What Child is This?, which he put to the tune Greensleeves (if you play any sort of instrument, you've probably had to learn Greensleeves as some point. I know I did).
The carol was written in 1865 and asks the listeners who Jesus was and why He came to earth as a human. But Dix doesn't just ask and leave his audience hanging. He answers his own question by explaining how Jesus died for our sins and, as our King and Savior, deserves our praise and adoration. It's a very poignant song with a beautifully contemplative tone.
And on the 5th Day of Christmas 20th Century Fox gave to me an Epic trailer.
Well, Epic is the title of the movie, but it's also epically beautiful looking as far as I'm concerned (and, yes, this is another pre-Hobbit trailer).
- Edessa, signing off