Winter Blogfest: Karen Michelle Nutt

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Hark! Ye Merry Readers

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In my short story, Fake Marriage with a Dash of Desire, featured in Hot Western Nights, my heroine of the tale loves to sing, and at Christmastime, would surely partake in good cheer by playing Christmas carols. Believe it or not, some of our most popular Holiday songs were written in the18th and 19th centuries.


Charles Wesley wrote Hark! the Herald Angels Sing in 1739 and appeared in John Welsey’s collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems. The original hymn began with “Hark how all the Welkin rings”; however, in 1782, the lyrics became “Hark! the Herald Angels sing/ Glory to the newborn king”, which is how we sing it today.


O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree), written in 1824, was a German Christmas song based on a folk song. Tannenbaum is a fir tree, and though the lyrics speak of faithfulness and the symbol of constancy, this song became a favorite at Christmastime.


Joseph Mohr composed Silent Night in 1818. Sometime before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought his ‘Silent Night’ Lyrics to Franz Xaver Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass. (A river flooding had damaged the church organ.) It is unknown what inspired Mohr to write the lyrics, or what prompted him to create a new carol. An interesting tidbit: It wasn’t until 1995 that researchers uncovered that Mohr had written the words in 1816, and Gruber composed the music in 1818. Until then, they thought Haydn or Mozart had been the composer.


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Enjoy the rendition of the song on YouTube performed by Annie Lennox. The imagery is unique with its Victorian Christmas-card-feel but with a twist of medieval and pagan qualities.


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Jewel ran away from home, not wanting to marry a man twice her age. Nash stands to lose his inheritance if he does not find a bride in three months when he turns thirty. Both are at the mercy of their families, but the two concoct a plan that just might work.

A fake marriage. Later, a quick annulment. What could go wrong? Blame it on the hot summer nights, or toe-curling kisses, but pretending to be married isn’t as easy as it sounds.


Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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  1. Audrey Stewart says

    I found it so interesting to read that the Christmas Carols were written so long ago. I had never really given it much thought. I look forward to finding out about Jewel and Nash.

  2. Debra K Guyette says

    Thanks for the great post. Christmas Carols are amazing. I love them

  3. Interesting post. I enjoy hearing Christmas Carols and had no idea these were composed so long ago.

  4. I enjoyed the post.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Diane Sallans says

    Christmas Carols are an annual joy!

  6. I didn’t realize that Hark! the Herald Angels Sing was written so long ago. That’s fascinating.

  7. Jean Patton says

    What an interesting post, I always enjoy listening to Christmas Carols.

  8. Love the sound of Christmas carols, instrumentally or vocal. Thanks for the history tidbits.

  9. Great post.

    I hope you had a great Christmas.

    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year.

  10. Mariah Lynne says

    I enjoyed the history of some of my favorite carols and the tie-in to your story which sounds great. Best of luck.

  11. Karen, I loved your story in the anthology! Very original and fun! I have always loved Christmas and Christmas carols. When I was young and had to take piano lessons, I always looked forward to the coming of Christmas because I KNEW I would get to practice songs I loved! LOL

    • I’m so glad you loved the story! I had fun writing it.
      I love Christmas carols, too. I used to play the records I had at Christmastime and attempt to play them on our organ, and now I have a playlist on Spotify. lol

  12. Great post! I know some German Christmas carols, as I was born in Switzerland. Oh, Tannenbaum was my favourite.

  13. Shirley Emitt says

    I sure enjoyed the post, I do love Christmas Carols.

  14. Linda Romer says

    Hot Western Nights sounds great! Thank you

  15. Kenna Corona says

    Love the old Christmas Carols. Your books sounds great.

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