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I highly recommend Bob for any occasion or activity where a Santa is needed.  It will be a magical wonderful experience for all. - Margaret Buckley
2016-12-29T01:39:38-05:00
I highly recommend Bob for any occasion or activity where a Santa is needed.  It will be a magical wonderful experience for all. - Margaret Buckley
The BEST! - Stacey Heap Vitallo
2015-01-01T17:47:40-05:00
The BEST! - Stacey Heap Vitallo
I totally agree with Brian and Steve! You two look amazing! How fun! - Jennifer Aldred
2015-01-01T17:46:34-05:00
I totally agree with Brian and Steve! You two look amazing! How fun! - Jennifer Aldred
Best Santa and Mrs. Claus we have ever seen. - Steven & Nancy Wright
2015-01-01T17:44:51-05:00
Best Santa and Mrs. Claus we have ever seen. - Steven & Nancy Wright
If you are looking for a Santa and Claus, please look no further. You have found them. - Lexington Square Senior Residence
2014-04-26T10:05:29-05:00
If you are looking for a Santa and Claus, please look no further. You have found them. - Lexington Square Senior Residence
His ability to transform into a truly convincing Santa Claus is beyond words. - Blue Island Park District
2014-04-26T10:07:11-05:00
His ability to transform into a truly convincing Santa Claus is beyond words. - Blue Island Park District
Robert and Carol are absolutely the most kind and caring people to work with. Matthew S. Ciesielczyk
2018-12-18T10:25:35-05:00
Robert and Carol are absolutely the most kind and caring people to work with. Matthew S. Ciesielczyk
We can’t say enough in terms of how happy we are with their performance. - Jim and Tely Nagle
2016-12-28T08:14:40-05:00
We can’t say enough in terms of how happy we are with their performance. - Jim and Tely Nagle
This is not your average mall Santa. Robert has a wonderful full real beard and an authentic wardrobe that brings him into character.
2016-12-20T20:29:21-05:00
This is not your average mall Santa. Robert has a wonderful full real beard and an authentic wardrobe that brings him into character.
What a real Santa and Mrs. Claus - Brian Anderson
2015-01-01T17:43:36-05:00
What a real Santa and Mrs. Claus - Brian Anderson
"Best Santa ever! Talks to each individual, he is jolly and has a great Santa laugh. Makes young and old BELIEVE. If you need a Santa and Mrs. Claus look no further. " - Tracey Reich
2015-01-01T17:36:42-05:00
"Best Santa ever! Talks to each individual, he is jolly and has a great Santa laugh. Makes young and old BELIEVE. If you need a Santa and Mrs. Claus look no further. " - Tracey Reich
We want to thank you for making our family Christmas celebration so special. - Barb and Jim Holmes
2016-12-29T01:27:50-05:00
We want to thank you for making our family Christmas celebration so special. - Barb and Jim Holmes
We are true believers because of you and I am sure we will be seeing you both for many years to come. - Michelle Blaszynski
2016-12-28T08:20:35-05:00
We are true believers because of you and I am sure we will be seeing you both for many years to come. - Michelle Blaszynski
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Santa’s story of the Wooden Coin

How do you encourage compassion for others? 

As Santa Claus, I needed a way to remember special children I met during my yearly travels.  Over the years I have met many children that I have seen do special acts of kindness: being kind to those in need or to animals in distress or just being kind to and respectful of others.  I needed something for those children that stood out among all the others that I would see.   Something needed to be done right then and there to say how nice it was to see children behaving in a way that brought positive attention to them.   I would always tell them how wonderful it was to see them doing positive things and going above and beyond the norm.

What would be a way for me to remember them at Christmas when I was delivering their presents?  The idea of a coin popped into my head.  What kind of a coin should I create?  Should it be made of metal or wood?  I decided on wood.  A wooden coin!  What a perfect idea for a toy maker who makes wooden toys.  A Wooden Coin from Santa it shall be.

I gave out my first Wooden Coin in 2013, and this is what I told the child:

“Mrs. Claus and I want you to know that this coin is special.  We want you to place this coin under your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.  It will remind me that you and I have met; therefore I will be able to leave you a special gift.  It may be anything from your favorite candy bar to the gift you really want.  You will know this is from us because the coin will be either in your stocking with the candy or on the gift that you wanted.  The coin will remain with you as a gift from us.  Also if you continue to be good and a true believer in me, you can place the coin under your tree every year, and you will continue to receive something special from us.  Mrs. Claus and I also want to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.”

That was how my tradition of handing out wooden coins was born.  From that day forward, whenever Mrs. Claus and I see a child being kind or they ask us, “Are you Santa and Mrs. Claus?” we stop to talk.   We ask if they have been good and are true believers in us.  If so, we give them a coin and tell them the story of the Wooden Coin.  This brings a smile to their face and to their parents’ faces knowing that their child has been caught being good and is a true believer in Santa and Mrs. Claus.

One encounter stands out as being very special.  Last December, Mrs. Claus and I met “Amy”, a smiling nine year-old patient, at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Oak Park, IL.  Amy has been a patient at Shriner’s for eight of her nine years of life.  We first met Amy in the dining area with her parents and sister.  We asked her what she wanted for Christmas.   She smiled broadly and told us that she really, really wanted glitter slime, a dolly and anything else that I would like to leave for her.

Amy and the other children who were there for the Christmas party at the hospital went into the auditorium to pick out any presents they wanted.  We continued visiting with other families and then went into the auditorium to see the children selecting their gifts.  The auditorium was lined with hundreds of toys as families helped their children find the ones that they wanted.  Mrs. Claus and I were talking to staff and families when a nurse at the hospital came up to us and told us of a young girl that did something extraordinary.

This young girl gave up the present she really wanted to a younger child who was crying because there was no more glitter slime.  The nurse told us that this girl saw the crying child and said, “Here, you can have my glitter slime.”  She did this without prompting from any adult.

When the nurse pointed out the very kind child, I immediately recognized Amy, the nine year-old I met in the dining area who really, really wanted glitter slime.   I walked over to her, knelt down, took her hand, and told her that what she had done was what Christmas is all about.  Her act of kindness was so wonderful and special that Mrs. Claus and I wanted to do something special for her.

We asked the parents to come over because we wanted to give their daughter something special.  We told the story about my tradition of handing out wooden coins and how special it was.  Because she was so kind, she was getting one from us.  The auditorium fell totally silent as I told her the story.  The parents were in tears and the staff and the families in the auditorium cheered and cried all at the same time.  This was a very special delivery to a very special and beautiful young girl.

Mrs. Claus and I would like to say, “Be kind to each other, respect each other and always help each other, for this is the real reason for the season.”

Remember, it is how we treat each other every day that makes us who we are for the rest of our lives.  Try to make cultivating kindness an important part of your daily life.

Merry Christmas,

 

 

 

©2019 Robert W. Hildreth and Carol L. Hildreth

Thanks for another Great Year!

To everyone,

Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to “Thank You”, for another great Christmas season. We enjoyed visiting with every child, family and organization. To all the families we visited, “Thank You” for letting us into your homes and for letting us be a part of the events you attended. To all the boys and girls we met, it was delightful to hear all your Christmas wishes. Your wishes and requests brought a smile to our faces and warmed our hearts: from the special requests of certain toys, to one child wanting peace on Earth and love for all, and others that said, “I have all I need, I have my family”. Mrs. Claus and I hope we were able to make most of your wishes come true. To the companies and organizations that included us in their events, we want to express a heartfelt, “Thank You”, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to being a part of your events in 2019.

Visits of 2018 season:

  • Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Senior Star Weber Place, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Baird and Warner, Naperville, Illinois
  • Pluto T.V., Chicago, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Andrew Young Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Cornerstone Photography, Algonquin, Illinois
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Misha Media Photography, Inverness, Illinois
  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Thermon Law Office, LTD, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Geneva Bank and Trust, Geneva, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Advocate Health Care/Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • and all the homes and private parties we visited.

Public Event Schedule for 2018

This is our public only schedule.  We hope that we see you at one or more of our events, to take pictures, update wish lists and enjoy in the celebration of Christmas.   Mrs. Claus and I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

October 2018:

October 14thA.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run, Starts at 11:00 am at Knuckleheads, 108 E. North St. Elburn, Illinois, 60119 and ends at  Batavia VFW, 645 S. River St. Batavia, Illinois, 60510, for food, and fun.  This event is a Motorcycle run and charitable event, you must bring food or toy for entrance into the event.

November 2018:

November 6thElgin Police, 151 Douglas Ave., Elgin, Illinois. Pictures with Pets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Charity Event.  Pictures with your pets must bring a food item, beds, toys for pets in order to get the picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

November 17thDowners Grove Polar Express, Downers Grove Park District 8:30am–3:00pm. Please see Downers Grove Park District website for more information. (www.dgparks.org)

 December 2018:

December 1stPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Wasco Nursery, 41 W. 781 Il. Route 64, St. Charles, Illinois 60175, 12:00 noon-4: 00 pm. For more information see WASCO Nursey website, www.wasconursery.com.

December 8thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Geneva Bank and Trust, 514 W. State St. Geneva, Illinois, 60134 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. For more information please visit  Geneva Bank and Trust website www.genevabt.com.

December 8thPictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kane County Country Market, 4N250 IL-47, Maple Park, Illinois, 60151, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. For more information please visit their website wwwkanecountycountrymarket.com

December 15thBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Illinois 60022 from 8:00am-1: 00 pm. For more information please visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

December 16thBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Illinois 60022 from 8:00am-1: 00 pm. For more information please visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

December 16th:  Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kane County Country Market, 4N250 IL-47, Maple Park, Illinois, 60151, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. For more information please visit their website wwwkanecountycountrymarket.com

December 19thHigh Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 20thHigh Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 21ndBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 22rdBreakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road. Oak Brook Illinois, 60523, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon.  For more information please visit their website www.thedraeoakbrookhotel.com.

December 24thVisit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at, The Chapel Immaculate Conception, Church, 134 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 at 3:45 pm.  For more information please visit their website www.icelmhurst.org.

2018 Partnerships

Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward to another great season. We will be returning to a number of our events from the last few years as well as enjoying some new partnerships. Mrs. Claus and I are hoping to continue your traditions and start new ones. To everyone, we meet we want to bring joy, happiness and the true spirit of Christmas to you and yours. To the companies, organizations, and friends, old and new, that have included us in their events for 2018, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2019.

Partnerships for the 2018 season are:

  • The Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Senior Star Weber Place, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Advocate Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Pluto TV, Chicago, Illinois
  • Thermon Law Offices, LTD. Chicago, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, Batavia, Illinois
  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Baird & Warner, Naperville, Illinois
  • Geneva Bank and Trust, Aurora, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • And all the homes and private parties we will be visiting.

Thank you for your trust in us and continuing the Spirit of Christmas with your families and friends.

Best,

2018 Schedule

July 2018

July 15th: Ride for Kids, Kane County Cougar Stadium, 9:00am – 2:30pm Open to the Public
July 17th: Shriners Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Closed Event
July 27th: Christmas in July Swim Event, Hinsdale, Illinois. Closed Event

August 2018

August 7th: National Night Out, Elgin, Illinois, 5:00pm – 8:30pm. Open to the Public

November 2018

November 6th: Elgin Police, Pictures with Pets, Charity Event. Open to the Public
November 10th: Lens2Life Photographers, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Closed Event
November 11th: Lens2Life Photographers, 12:00pm-3:00pm. Closed Event
November 17th: Downers Grove Polar Express 8:30am–3:00pm. Open to the Public
November 18th: Photo Shoot Stacey Vitello. 9:30am-3:00pm. Closed Event
November 29th: Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Illinois, 9:00am- 1:00pm. Closed Event
November 30th: Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, 9:00am-3:00pm. Closed Event

December 2018

December 1st: Hinsdale, Breakfast with Santa 9:00am-10:00am. Closed Event
December 1st: Wasco Nursery, Wasco, Illinois 12:00noon-4:00pm. Open to the Public
December 3rd: Senior Star Weber Place, Romeoville, Illinois. 9:00am – 12:00noon. Private Event
December 4th: ReMax/Destiny, Private Event. Closed Event
December 8th: St. Charles Bank, St. Charles, Illinois, 9:00am – 12:00noon. Open to the Public
December 8th: Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois, 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Open to the Public
December 12th: Lexington Square Senior Center, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Private Event
December 13th: Thorson Law, Rosemont, Illinois, 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Private Event
December 15th: Chicago Botanic Gardens, Breakfast with Santa 8:00am-1:00pm. Open to the Public
December 15th: Home Visit 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Private Event
December 16th: Chicago Botanic Gardens, Breakfast with Santa 8:00am-1:00pm. Open to the Public
December 16th: Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois, 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Open to the Public
December 19th: Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook Illinois High Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus 2:00pm-5:00pm. Open to the Public
December 20th: Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook Illinois High Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus 2:00pm-5:00pm. Open to the Public
December 21nd: Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 9:00am-12:00noon. Open to the Public
December 22rd: Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 9:00am-12:00noon. Open to the Public

More to come. Hope to see you all.

Yule Hymn

150 plus Years Old

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”, this magnificent hymn, written by the Rev. Edmund Hamilton Sears, will be a favorite with children and older folks alike. It has been more than 150 Christmases: it was composed in 1849 and published a year later in a Boston magazine called the Christian Register. The editor of the Register Dr. Morrison, had received a copy of the hymn from the author soon after its writing. Long before it appeared in print, Dr. Morrison was giving it to his friends verbally. He read it, on one occasion, at a Sunday School Christmas festival where it attracted much interest and praise.
Rev. Sears’ hymn tells in beautiful words of how the singing angels came from Heaven to proclaim peace on earth to the Bethlehem shepherds. It gives assurance to a weary world whose people, troubled and oppressed were still awaiting the fulfillment of the angels’ promises, that the “golden age” foretold by ancient prophets was drawing ever nearer with its gift of universal peace:

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on earth, goodwill
To men,
From heaven’s all-gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! For glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing:
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.

For lo, the days are hastening on,
By prophets bards foretold,
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
In ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

By Rev. Edmund H. Sears
Portions of this were originally written by Horace B. Powell.

I believe that the singing or reading of the original lyrics brings the world’s difficulties into perspective. We need to have more faith in mankind to work towards a more peaceful world. Caring about our fellow man is very much a part of Christmas.

Thank You

To everyone,

Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to “Thank You”, for a great Christmas season. We enjoyed visiting with every child, family and organization.  To all the families we were touched by, “Thank You” for letting us into your homes and for letting us be a part of the events you attended. To all the boys and girls we met, it was delightful talking to you. Your wishes and requests brought a smile to our faces and warmed our hearts. From the special requests of certain toys, to one child wanting peace on Earth and love for all, and others that said I have all I need, Mrs. Claus and I hope we were able to make most of your wishes come true. To the companies and organizations that included us in their events, we want to express a heartfelt, “Thank You”, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to being a part of your events in 2018.

Visits of 2017 season:

  • Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
  • BMO Harris, Hinsdale Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Camping World, Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Marcus Lemonis, LLC, Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Art Van Furniture in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge, Illinois
  • B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Aurora Bank and Trust, Aurora, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Advocate Health Care/Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts, Illinois
  • Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Herbster Hockey School, Grays Lake Ice Arena, Grays Lake , Illinois
  • Promotional Network Inc., Berkley, Michigan
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • and all the homes and private parties we visited.

Things are looking up for 2017

Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward to another great season. We will be returning to a number of our events from the last few years as well as enjoying some new partnerships. Mrs. Claus and I are hoping to continue your traditions and start new ones. To everyone we meet we want to bring joy, happiness and the true spirit of Christmas to you and yours. To the companies, organizations, and friends, old and new, that have included us in their events for 2017, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2018.

Partnerships for the 2017 season are:

  • Village of Hinsdale Park & Recreation Department
  • Downers Grove Park District
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, Illinois
  • BMO Harris, Hinsdale Illinois
  • Lexington Square Senior Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Shriners Children’s Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Advocate Children’s Hospital, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • ReMax-Destiny, Elk Grove, Illinois
  • Camping World, Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Marcus Lemonis, LLC, Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Art Van Furniture, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Stacy Vitallo Photography, Batavia, Illinois
  • Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge, Illinois
  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, DuKane Chapter, West Chicago, Illinois
  • The Chapel at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • The Drake Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Aurora Bank and Trust, Aurora, Illinois
  • WASCO Nursery, Wasco, Illinois
  • Elgin Police, Elgin, Illinois
  • The Ride For Kids, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Lens2Life Photography, Gilberts , Illinois
  • Kane County Country Market, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Promotional Network, Inc. Berkley, Michigan
  • Gina Bacon, Nationwide Santas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • And all the homes and private parties we will be visiting.

Thank you for your trust in us and continuing the Spirit of Christmas with your families and friends.

Best,

Santa and Mrs. Claus

The First Noel

 

 

 

 

The first Noel the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far:
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from the country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

This star drew nigh to the north-west;
O’er Bethlehem it took it’s rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

Then entered in those wise men three,
Fell reverently upon their knee,
And offered there in his presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the kind of Israel.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind has bought.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

Here is an old English carol whose origin probably will remain forever in doubt.

Its words and music first appeared in a collection of “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern” published by William Sandys in London in 1833.

Several other Christmas favorites, including the song “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In” and “God Rest You, Merry Gentleman,” were in the same collection.

“The First Noel” is regarded as a true folk song. Its strength and charm lie in its simple message.

There is evidence that the music, a traditional melody, came from the west of England.

The song tells the Christmas story as it is found in the Scriptures, of the Bethlehem shepherds who first discovered the magic star in the eastern sky on Christmas Eve and of the Three Wise Men who followed the star as it led them to the manger birthplace of Jesus where they worshiped the newborn Savior and offered their gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.

Authored by Horace B. Powell