“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...]

What Is This I Don’t Even?!

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The glorious period of waiting that is Advent begins today, which means a sense of anticipation of the coming of the Lord, no Gloria at mass, lighting the candles on the wreath, deep meditation on the mystery of the incarnation, and the annual abomination that is the unveiling of a new Breaking Bread book from OCP. This year, [Read More...]

It’s Advent in Lego City!

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It’s the 1st of December, which means all over the world eager Catholic kids are digging into door #1 of their Advent calenders for an undoubtedly disappointing piece of tiny, low-grade chocolate. Here at Casa McD, we roll a bit differently. I’m going to be tweeting the next 24 days of offerings from the Lego Advent Calender, [Read More...]

“The Christmas Shoes” is The Worst Song Ever

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. I don’t want to hear it until the day after Thanksgiving, and it must be gone by the time the tree is taken down, 12 days after Christmas. In between those two periods I have a few things I like well enough, such as: … as well [Read More...]


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