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Merry Christmas!

By Greg L | 21 December 2010 | Manassas City | 14 Comments

Courtesy of the fine folks at Historic Manassas, a Christmas movie featuring people many of you may know…

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  1. Anonymous said on 21 Dec 2010 at 3:07 pm:
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    Amazing! I had no idea all this happened in Manassas. This was that tree lighting thing they did earlier this month, right?

  2. thanks said on 21 Dec 2010 at 3:53 pm:
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    Very nice. Reminds me that lots of good regular people live ere.

  3. Ms. Claus said on 21 Dec 2010 at 4:55 pm:
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    Manassas is still the best city in NOVA, in spite of some issues, this city still rocks, thanks Greg for the reminder!

  4. Bud said on 21 Dec 2010 at 7:36 pm:
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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of the St. Pat’s Parade. Great folks, and music and community!

  5. es_la_ley said on 21 Dec 2010 at 7:53 pm:
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    Beautiful! My monitor got blurry for a second.

    Wonderful voices. Who are the singers?

  6. Greg L said on 21 Dec 2010 at 8:14 pm:
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    The lead is Jason Paul Curtis who also sang at the Manassas Arts & Wine festival. He’s absolutely tremendous, and I think you can get CDs of him at jasonpaulcurtis.com. If not, you can most likely catch him at the next festival in Manassas where they have live music and he usually has CDs with him. He also is going to be the vocalist at a Manassas Ballet Theater production in March. That’s going to be quite a show. I’ll be doing some work with Jason in the future.

    The other singer is Joshua Alfred, another local talent who I haven’t seen before but I’ll bet everyone in his church knows him rather well.

  7. MustangMarineWife said on 21 Dec 2010 at 8:30 pm:
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    That was really nice. Thank you for sharing. :)

  8. Get Bullwinkle! said on 21 Dec 2010 at 8:50 pm:
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    Very nice. You have a very cool town. Most of my Christmas were more like this http://vimeo.com/17985665

  9. Anonymous said on 22 Dec 2010 at 7:02 am:
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    Not gonna cry, not gonna cry…..simply rejoicing. Many thanks due.

    The REAL meaning of MERRY … It isn’t about happiness, gaiety, etc. It meant ‘strong’, ‘mighty’…so now, A Very Merry Christmas to ALL.

    “When modern people say “Merry” Christmas, the word merry means happy. When “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” was written, merry had a very different meaning. Robin Hood’s “Merry Men” might have been happy, but the merry that described them meant great and mighty. Thus, in the Middle Ages, a strong army was a merry army, a great singer was a merry singer, and a mighty ruler was a merry ruler.

    So when the English carolers of the Victorian era sang, “merry gentlemen,” they meant great or mighty men. Ye means you, but even when translated to “God rest you mighty gentlemen,” the song still makes very little sense. This is due to another word that has a much different meaning in today’s world and a lost punctuation mark.

    The word rest in “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” simply means keep or make. Yet to completely uncover the final key to solving this mystery of meaning, a comma needs to be placed after the word “merry.” Therefore, in modern English, the first line of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” should read “God make you mighty, gentlemen.” Using this translation, the old carol suddenly makes perfect sense, as does the most common saying of the holidays, “Merry Christmas.”

    You might wonder why, when most didn’t fully understand the real meaning of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” the old carol remained popular. The world’s love for this song is probably due to its upbeat musical piece paired with the telling of the most upbeat story the world has ever known. Those who sing it naturally get caught up in the celebratory mood of the message and embrace the same kind of emotions that those first to visit the baby Jesus must have felt. As the angel told the shepherds, “I bring you news of great joy.” That joy and the power of faith can be felt and experienced in every note and word of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” You just have to know how to translate the words into the language of the day to have a very Mighty Christmas!”



    God rest ye merry, gentlemen
    Let nothing you dismay
    Remember, Christ, our Saviour
    Was born on Christmas day
    To save us all from Satan’s power
    When we were gone astray
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

    In Bethlehem, in Israel,
    This blessed Babe was born
    And laid within a manger
    Upon this blessed morn
    The which His Mother Mary
    Did nothing take in scorn
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

    From God our Heavenly Father
    A blessed Angel came;
    And unto certain Shepherds
    Brought tidings of the same:
    How that in Bethlehem was born
    The Son of God by Name.
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

    “Fear not then,” said the Angel,
    “Let nothing you affright,
    This day is born a Saviour
    Of a pure Virgin bright,
    To free all those who trust in Him
    From Satan’s power and might.”
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

    The shepherds at those tidings
    Rejoiced much in mind,
    And left their flocks a-feeding
    In tempest, storm and wind:
    And went to Bethlehem straightway
    The Son of God to find.
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

    And when they came to Bethlehem
    Where our dear Saviour lay,
    They found Him in a manger,
    Where oxen feed on hay;
    His Mother Mary kneeling down,
    Unto the Lord did pray.
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

    Now to the Lord sing praises,
    All you within this place,
    And with true love and brotherhood
    Each other now embrace;
    This holy tide of Christmas
    All other doth deface.
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy
    O tidings of comfort and joy

  10. O. P. Ditch said on 22 Dec 2010 at 8:40 am:
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    Great job of video production Greg (JTC Media, and JTC, inc)

  11. Greg L said on 22 Dec 2010 at 1:40 pm:
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    Readers might like this one as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA&feature=player_embedded

    “The Digital Story of the Nativity”

  12. Steve Randolph said on 23 Dec 2010 at 12:53 pm:
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    Thank you Greg.

  13. Isophorone said on 24 Dec 2010 at 8:37 pm:
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    Even though I don’t celebrate it, I wish a Merry Christmas to all of you who do.

  14. Steve Thomas said on 25 Dec 2010 at 1:20 am:
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    Merry Christmas to you and your familyab

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