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Silent Night turns 200

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By Dave Taylor

This Christmas Eve of 2018 marks the bicentennial of the first performance of “Silent Night,” the Christmas carol beloved by millions around the world.

Many legends have circulated down through the years about the origins of this Christmas hymn — that it was written in one or two days by two men, first performed with guitar accompaniment because church mice had destroyed the bellows of the church organ and largely forgotten for many years after its first performance.


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