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Silent Night

A Different Sort of "Silent Night"

James D. Tabor | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
James D. Tabor

December 25th as the date of the birth of Jesus can be traced back to the early 3rd century CE although it did not achieve more universal recognition ...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Austria

Rick Steves | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The festive swirl of heartwarming sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas abound in the land where the season's most-loved carol, "Silent Night," was first performed over 200 years ago: Austria.

Miley Cyrus Singing 'Silent Night' Will Fill You With Holiday Spirit

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 12.05.2015 | Entertainment

Say what you will about Miley Cyrus, but underneath all the glitter, beads and prosthetic penis outfits, there's a woman who can really sing.&nb...

How "Silent Night" Became the World's Most Popular Christmas Carol

Markus Giesler | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Markus Giesler

Why did only "Silent Night" become a century-spanning Christmas hit while Franz Gruber's other tunes, "Joyful Christmas" and "Holiest Night," land in the dustbin of history?

Ding Dong Merrily: The Ridiculous Theology of Christmas Carols

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.

A Silent Night

John McCormick | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

Christmas morning broke clear and cold. All the soldiers waited quietly in their trenches. When it seemed that no one could stand the waiting any longer, one soldier climbed out of his trench. He waved a white flag.

Behind the Scenes at Germany's Famous Markets

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Some make pilgrimages to find the first orange leaf of fall. But I am in search of December. North Pole workshops could be gearing up at this very moment. But that is secret stuff. Since I can't get a visitor's pass there, I've got a different plan.

Reliving My Christmas In Vietnam With Bob Hope

Doug Bradley | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

It wasn't until I was 23 years old that I spent my first Christmas away from home. I sure as heck didn't expect to share it with Bob Hope, Johnny Bench, Lola Falana, the Gold Diggers, Miss Universe, and 30,000 screaming GIs. But there I was in a war, in Vietnam, a lonely soldier far away from home on America's holiday of holidays.

Here's A Harley Playing 'Silent Night' (You're Welcome)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.18.2013 | Comedy

This caroler goes vroom. All isn't calm when a Harley's engine revs, but the motorcycle can still play a moving "Silent Night." Watch and liste...

Searching for Peace in the Not-So-Silent-Night

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Now that I'm older -- and perhaps wiser -- I've been thinking about my favorite Christmas carols and what they actually say to us theologically and spiritually.

The Christmas Carol That Fed the Hungry

William Lambers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Many winters ago in a tiny village in Austria, the Christmas Carol "Silent Night" was born. In a small church in Oberndorf, the song of peace and heavenly love was first played. Peace would not last though in the land of music. The World Wars came.

WWI Opera Staged In Philly

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts

PHILADELPHIA -- A melancholy sense of lost opportunity pervades "Silent Night," an opera that tells of a moment in World War I when soldiers from host...

YouTube Horror Directors Share Top Creepy Holiday Movies (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

YouTube's favorite horror directors Michael Gallagher (Totally Sketch, "Smiley") and Tony V (BlackBoxTV) dish on the scariest horror movies of all ...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Holiday Horror Roundup

Dan Persons | Posted 02.02.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This week, depending on where you live, you could spend time with a sadistic murderer with a penchant for elaborate death traps in The Collection, or with a sadistic murderer with a penchant for weeding out who's been naughty and who's been nice in the Xmas-themed Silent Night.

Silent Night, Deductible Night

Charlie Carillo | Posted 02.22.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It was Christmas Eve, and to mark the anniversary of this sacred night before our savior's birth I was upstairs with my father, helping him do a touch...

WATCH: NYC Cult Holiday Tradition: Unsilent Night

The Huffington Post | Grace Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Since 1992, New Yorkers have been serenaded one evening in December by the ambient auditory expression of artist Phil Kline and his Unsilent Night pro...

Claude Kelly: A Beast With the Pen

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Timothy Cooper

Claude Kelly's writing talents have attracted the likes of Akon, Leona Lewis, Chrisette Michelle and two of music's biggest stars--Whitney Houston and the late Michael Jackson.