Daughter of the Stars....the ancient legend...
After the Great Spirit had made the world, the morning stars came together on the shores of a quiet silver lake bordered with blue mountains, the most beautiful place they could see.
Hovering above the quiet waters and lighting the mountain tops with their robes of fire, the stars sang their songs of joy and pledged to gather here every thousand years.
One time when the stars were singing, there came a mighty crashing!! A great rock in the mountain wall tore asunder, and through the deep opening the lake waters began to pour out and rush to the sea.
As time passed the stars looked over the earth for another place to meet. They finally agreed upon a lovely valley through which a winding river ran.
Suddenly the stars realized that this valley had been the bed of their beautiful lake and the blue mountains around it were the same ones upon which they had cast their robes of light in ages past.
The stars were so joyous they placed the brightest jewels from their crowns in the river where they still lie and sparkle. And ever since that day, the river and its valley have been called....
........Shenandoah, Daughter of the Stars.
Listen for a moment to some lyrics of a song written by Donna Lou Shickel in 1985 and you will know why God's Spirit always hovers over this valley.
'There's something about the Valley when Christmas time comes near
That reaches beyond the yuletide glow and usual Christmas cheer;
But we don't wait till December for family, friends and song.
Family gathers at the homeplace, cups of hot cider are poured;
Children around the manger sing "Happy Birthday" to our Lord.
The richest gifts are moments shared in a Christian home.
The beautiful Blue Ridge mountains border this peaceful land,
Where neighbors care for each other, always ready to lend a hand;
The legacy of generations, a brotherhood held strong;
'Cause the Shenandoah Valley keeps Christmas all year long.'
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