There was a kid called Joseph
He’d been dealt a bad hand
Was born poor and a bastard
But grew up to be a preacher
Made a new friend called Franz

Joe went over to Franz house
Said: see this poem I once wrote
I feel like it’s got something
Can you please put some music
To my words

Looking down at the paper
And the title read:
 Silent Night

Today is the 200th anniversary of the first performance of Silent Night, and the best Christmas hymn of 2018 is Annika Norlin’s meta-song about how it was written and popularised. It’s beautiful.

(If you want more Christmas music, here is my 2018 mix.)