53,405 lights Synchronized to "A Soldiers Silent Night". The music is by Manhiem Steamroller. It was originally titled "Merry Christmas, My Friend" and written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986. The audio recording was done by Father Ted Berndt and his daughter Ellen Stout in one take. Father Berndt has since passed away (3/19/2004), but his life's mission lives on - "to touch lives and make a difference."