‘Tis The Season for Holiday Music

As Thanksgiving has passed, we have reached the time of year for holiday music – including but not limited to Christian music. And so let me herald the arrival of that season with a classic: “Vader Did You Know?”   [Read more...]

God and Santa

I thought the video below was a clever challenge to the notion of God as an oversized Santa. I’d say, from my own perspective, that it doesn’t go far enough in moving away from anthropomorphism altogether. But it may be helpful in getting those whose idea of God is one particularly crass form of big [Read More...]

Happy Black Thursday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. The name of the holiday is self-explanatory – or it should be. But in fact, it sits oddly beside the custom of “celebrating” Black Friday – i.e. making the day after Thanksgiving a day of special sales in which people have been trampled to death trying to get [Read More...]

Doctor Who Christmas Special Prequel and Trailer

Now that I am back from the conference I was attending this weekend, I could finally watch the Children in Need Doctor Who minisode, which is also the prequel to this year’s Christmas special. It is called “The Great Detective,” and it is followed by this trailer for the Christmas special itself, “The Snowmen“: [Read more...]

Crowdsourcing the Best of Recent Science Fiction

I’ve been asked if I can come up with a list of the best recent science fiction books for publication in November, as a sort of Christmas shopping list. I am very conscious that I have lagged behind in my reading of fiction, even in this beloved genre, and am worried that something may have [Read More...]

Manger in the Workplace

It isn't even Christmas, yet I just came across a photo of a manger on display in a workplace (at The Mills River Progressive). I think this is a manger that Christians, atheists, and everyone else will agree that it was appropriate to display in a workplace in this way…   Posted with Blogsy [Read more...]

The War on New Year

Apparently the forces of darkness are mounting an attack, this time on the Christian holiday of New Year’s Day, which commemorates and worshipfully celebrates the anniversary of the day on which a Romanian monk miscalculated the year in which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born. In addition to the anticalendricals, it seems that the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

The 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe,” is full of all the magic one expects from a Doctor Who Christmas special. If you have yet to watch it, do not read on (but do click through and watch the prequel before watching the episode, since it depicts the moments [Read More...]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!* also… Crăciun Fericit! Joyeux Noel! Fröhliche Weihnachten! عيد ميلاد مجيد חג מולד שמח کریسمس مبارک Boldog Karácsonyt! மெர்ரி கிறிஸ்துமஸ் मेरी क्रिसमस Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus! Feliz Navidad! Buon Natale! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! God Jul! Sretam Bozic! Veselé vianoce! С Рождеством! Nollaig Shona Daoibh! Krismasi Njema! 和當然,聖誕快樂 * DISCLAIMER: These Christmas wishes are offered in accordance with the [Read More...]

Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres!

This is the epilogue from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Christmas cantata “Hodie,” which adapts the words from Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity“: Ring out, ye crystal spheres, Once bless our human ears, If ye have power to touch our senses so; And let your silver chime Move in melodious time, And let the bass [Read More...]

Domnuleţ şi Domn din cer

This is a Romanian Christmas carol that I love, composed by Gheorghe Cucu. The sheet music is available online. There are a number of different recordings of it available online. One absolutely stellar rendition, by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir, is available on YouTube only in a version that has the very last note cut off, [Read More...]