It’s the best known Christmas song in the world, but the story behind it less well known. Maybe that’s because so many myths, legends, and half truths have been added to the origin story over the years. With the help of Wayne Bronner of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, we’ll go back to 1818 for the birth of an accidental Christmas hymn and its unlikely ascent to history’s most recorded song in any genre.
- Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan
- The Silent Night chapel in Oberndorf, Austria
Music in this episode
- “Silent Night” — Kevin MacLeod, via Incompetech
- “Stille Nacht” — Don Maue, shared directly by the artist