Monday, December 16, 2013


If we could just keep some of the childhood innocence. Some like Lisa were lucky enough to learn the song in school. The rest of us have to be lucky enough to find the right Christmas album. 
Some children see Him lily white,
The baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily white,
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
The Lord of heav'n to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
With dark and heavy hair.

Some children see Him almond-eyed,
This Savior whom we kneel beside.
Some children see Him almond-eyed,
With skin of yellow hue.
Some children see Him dark as they,
Sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray.
Some children see him dark as they,
And, ah! they love Him, too!

The children in each different place
Will see the baby Jesus' face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace,
And filled with holy light.
O lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering,
Come worship now the infant King.
'Tis love that's born tonight!
The music was written by a jazz musician, Albert Burt. I believe the words were written by Wilha Hutson. The organist at Burt’s church. The poems were included in family Christmas cards and unknown outside that circle until at least the fifties. It’s been recorded by James Taylor among others. I have the Perry Como version.

The posting was prompted by the claims of Faux anchor Megyn Kelly that Santa and the baby Jesus were white. I’m not going to go through the various exchanges. Anyone bored enough to check it all out? Go for it. She did try to walk it back and claim she was joking.In my experience if you have to explain the joke it probably wasn’t funny in the first place. 

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