Sentimental Deer by T.L. Ryder (c) 2017
It’s Christmas time
sleigh bells ring
in the city
The carolers sing
Are you listening?
joy to the world
The bells ring
eyes all aglow
O holy night,
The angels sing
In the manger
flocks by night
to cradle run
The friendly beasts sing
In thy dark streets
come and worship
the newborn king
The holy star sings
((I cobbled together lines from various Christmas songs to make this pastiche like holiday ode. Give it a try if you dare! And drop me a link in the comments if you do.))
Not your childhood pageant version:
Los Magos de Oriente:
All About 3 Kings Day: Three Kings Day Resource Guide
3 Kings Day Puerto Rico: History and Meaning of 3 Kings Day in Puerto Rico
For the Feast of the Holy Innocents
Wikipedia: Massacre of the Innocents
Giotto Scrovegni Flight into Egypt PD-US via Wikipedia
Christmas Carols might be getting a bit frayed around the edges, now that we’re into the “12 Days”. If you’ve heard too many repeats of “Sleigh Ride” this season, this lush and gentle thing will fix you right up.
. . .on the Feast of Stephen
There are so many wonderful versions of “O, Holy Night”. Here are two that I like.
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawai’ian Christmas Day. It’s currently 71F/21C where I live, and the weather will probably hold through the week.
Here’s a great article from JStor on how Mele Kalikimaka is the Hawai’ian equivalent of Merry Christmas. It’s weird, fascinating, and totally worth your time!
And here’s the legendary Bing Crosby singing the song for you:
Boar’s Head Carol for the Boar’s Head Feast