SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - For millions of Christians around the world, and right here in the Carolinas, that "Silent Night" is here.
In the Charlotte area thousands gathered in churches on Wednesday night for special services to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. The services included prayer, perhaps a sermon or meditation, and the singing of familiar hymns like "Joy To The World," "Away In A Manger," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
For many those services included the dimming of the lights and the illumination of candles.
Throughout Christendom, it's the acknowledgement of God coming to earth in the form of a child to take on the sin of the world, and the celebration of His humble birth as described in the Book of Luke: