Away Team in a Manger

A blog commenter¬†as well as someone on Twitter drew my attention to the #SciFiXmas hashtag that had been trending on Twitter. There were some clever mash-ups of science fiction names and titles with Christmas carols and other such things. One of my favorites was “Away Team in a Manger.” Not surprisingly, there have been several [Read More...]

Romanian Christmas Music

It doesn’t feel like Christmas without the Bucharest Madrigal Choir singing Romanian Christmas songs like “O Ce Veste Minunata.” My family performed what may be the first bluegrass-influenced rendition of that carol at the Christmas Eve service at our church yesterday. [Read more...]

Critical Christmas Carols from Horrible Histories

While I intended for the series “Critical Christmas Carols” to offer my own creations, there’s no need to ignore those that others have produced. IO9 shared these videos from Horrible Histories: For those who are interested, it seems that the entire Christmas episode can be watched online: [Read more...]

Critical Christmas Carols: O Little Town Of Nazareth

Having written a song that appreciates the traditional Christmas story as story, I feel like I need to counterbalance it with some other songs which take into account historical criticism and other scholarly methods and their conclusions. I have a few ideas already for new lyrics to traditional Christmas songs – and so let me [Read More...]

Controversial Christmas Carols

In groundbreaking but controversial research, historians are challenging this historicity of the account of the arrival of the magi offered in “I Saw Three Ships.” Archaeologist and New Testament scholar Bob Carlung, who has spent his life investigating the historic topography of the Holy Land, said in a recent interview, “It is simply unfeasible that [Read More...]


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