Christmas music

23 Dec

Well, it’s nearly Christmas and I ought to be packing… I love Christmas carols, mainly because they all have rather rubbish and contrived rhyme schemes/content.. Seriously, The Holly and the Ivy:

The holly bears a prickle
as sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
on Christmas day, in the morn.

Are you kidding me? Amazing primary school poetry right there. But you’ve gotta love it. And some of them actually have amazing lyrics and I wish we sung them more often… Hark the Herald, I’m looking at you (but I expect nothing less from Wesley):

Mild he lays his glory by;
born that man no more may die …

That whole carol is awesome.

But anyway, if you’re a fan of the former (‘Pray wither sailed those ships all three… O they sailed into [landlocked] Bethlehem’), may I direct you to James’s new blog, where you can sing along to a song about eating a boar’s head… oh yeah and it has something to do with Christmas (maybe).

Enjoy Christmas. The incarnation is far too ridiculously amazingly awesome to write anything about when I need to go and pack some socks. But make sure you spend some time failing to get your head around this:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

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