The Wonder of Christmas

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The poem by Theodor Storm is very interesting, because it presents a secular and earthly view of Christmas time, which is an uncommon theme for a Christmas carol. It delights in the wonders and miracles of nature rather than taking Christmas to be simply about the birth of Jesus or the sappy commercialism of Santa Claus. It is a very evocative poem, conjuring the sights and smells of snow-laden fir trees bathed in the soft light of a lone star in the night sky. There is a childlike innocence shown in the appreciation of the beauty of nature and this is a reflection on the blindness of many adults to the miraculous things around them.

Score ID
Year of composition
Theodor Storm
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Modern classical music

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