The stories behind 6 Christmas carols

Learn about the authors and what inspired them


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December 09, 2020

Every Christmas season we cherish the Christmas carols that articulate a Biblical understanding of God’s incarnation as the Baby of Bethlehem. But do you know the stories behind them?

Based on the research of Kenneth Osbeck, author of 101 Hymn Stories and 101 More Hymn Stories, guest host Adam McManus gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” and “Joy to the World.”

About Your Host, Kevin Swanson

Homeschooled himself in the 1960's and 70's, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits.