Today will be the last song on my Southern Christmas Song Play List, and since today is the most important day of the year, “What Child is This,” holds the honor of being my favorite.
The song lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, an Englishman, in 1865. At the time of composing the carol, Dix worked as an insurance company manager and had been struck by a severe illness. While recovering, he underwent a spiritual renewal that led him to write several hymns, including the lyrics to this carol that was subsequently set to the tune of “Greensleeves”, a traditional English folk song. Although it was written in Great Britain, the carol is more popular in the United States than in its country of origin today.
Since Mr. Dix isn’t a southerner, we must make certain that a true southerner performs it for us.
And who better than the beautiful and talented, Faith Hill?
Ms. Hill was born in the town of Ridgeland, north of Jackson, Mississippi. She was adopted as an infant, and named Audrey Faith Perry. She was raised in the nearby town of Star, 20 miles outside of Jackson. Her adoptive parents, Edna and Ted Perry, raised her with their two biological sons in a devout Christian environment.
As we have seen since her first step into the spotlight, she has a grace and charm that bear witness to her God given talent and righteous upbringing.
Now, sit back, close your eyes and turn up the volume while we listen to this beautiful carol that gives us the true meaning and joy of the Christmas holiday.