November 23, 2018

Don’t be ‘silent’ about your Christmas song; tell us why it’s your favorite

This year marks the 200th anniversary of “Silent Night,” the Christmas song that was composed in 1818 and first performed on Christmas Eve of that year in a small parish church in Austria.

In recognition of this perennial Christmas favorite, The Criterion is inviting our readers to tell us their favorite Christmas song, and why that song resonates with such meaning for them. If there’s a personal story associated with the song or a preferred singer of the song, readers should also share these details.

Please send your responses to assistant editor John Shaughnessy by e-mail at or by mail in care of The Criterion. 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Please include your parish and a daytime number where you can be reached. †



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