The Big Lego Advent Calendar Finale

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All 24 days at once. You can find the daily picture in my Twitter photo section.  Here’s the last day: Unresolved: why we got an extra, naked Santa (taking a shower, with a back brush no less). Mysterious. [Read more...]

Adelaide Procter: The Church in 1849 … And Now

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I intended just to share one of Adelaide Procter’s Christmas poems, but “The Church in 1849″ seemed too relevant to skip. We all think we’re sailing through unique trials that will shake the church, but every generation faces such trials. We will have our difficulties, particularly since a majority of our coreligionists voted for a [Read More...]

Adelaide Procter: Catholic Poet

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Adelaide Procter is almost forgotten today, but she was Queen Victoria’s favorite poet, and in her time (1825-1864) she was second only to Tennyson in sales and popularity. She was admired and published by Dickens, and if today she is remembered at all, it is either for their work together, or for Arthur Sullivan‘s setting [Read More...]

“Coventry Carol”: A Bit of History

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From France to England, and a beloved Christmas song that takes on added poignancy this year. One of the things ultimately killed off in the English Reformation were the regional “mystery plays”: local pageant cycles in which the common folk performed dramatized Biblical stories. (The York cycle is the most famous.) Many of the surviving [Read More...]

“Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle”

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Okay, so I said I was signing off for the rest of the pre-Christmas season, but I think I’ll post some more uncommon Christmas songs and poems for the next few days, such as this dandy little French ditty. “Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella” (also spelled Isabelle in some copies) dates to 16th century France, and [Read More...]

Harry on Mary

“Sorry Excuse for Blogging” goes into it’s fourth straight day! Held over by popular demand! Who knew that nasty colds and 10 years of immunosuppressants were a bad combination? Anyway, here’s one of my favorite seasonal songs, just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten you: Harry Connick’s “Mary’s Little Boy Child.” I like it because it’s unabashedly Marian [Read More...]

Ecownomics

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F. Paul Wilson (author of The Keep and the Repairman Jack series) shared this one on Facebook (forwarded from a reader), and since I’m still whacked out on hi-grade cough medicine and spending my days drifting in and out of a codeine haze in which I celebrate the seasons by frolicking with a gummi baby [Read More...]

Grace

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