According to the account in the New York Times, it was just before Christmas several years ago that David Storch, a music teacher, borrowed a copy of the score of Handel’s “Messiah” from the Brooklyn Public Library. Through a clerical error, however, the transaction was not recorded. There were several other requests for the score, and the library staff, unaware that it had been checked out, spent many hours searching in vain for it through the stacks.
A farmer and his family up north were preparing to head out to the Christmas Eve service. They’d have to navigate their way to church through a snowstorm. The snow had been falling since morning. Now, with night falling, the snow was deep and the air colder.
“O Holy child of Bethlehem, descend on us we pray Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angel, the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. -From “O Little Town of Bethlehem”