- I enjoyed reading about the exchange of intercessory prayer in The Burden of Friendship.
- For the Little Women fans out there: Vintage Little Women Paper Dolls! So cute! A glance around this blog reveals a lot of sweet, paper goods goodies.
- Now that the Christmas season is finally upon us, there will be plenty of chances for singing those beloved Christmas carols, verse after verse. (If you don’t currently see these chances on the horizon, generate some for your family and friends! Don’t let the season pass without carols! And do take the time to sing the second and third verses.) This article contains a reflection on how each of those beautiful old carols is a mini Theology lesson in itself: The Inauthenticity of Christmas Carols (perhaps you can explain the title to us?).
- For those of you who read the article last week about the origins of Santa Claus, you might enjoy this, a kind of follow-up from Real Clear Religion: The Real Santa Claus. Some more fun history of the evolution of the myth we have today.
A miscellany of fun videos:
(And when I say miscellany, I mean miscellany)
- OK, for starters, let’s just go ahead and celebrate the video that is easily the best of the week: Coca-Cola’s amazing ad about having a baby. It has been buzzing around everywhere, so I’m just posting it in case you missed it. And if you have already seen it, you should probably watch it again; it seems to get better each time. How is it so good? I’m all teary-eyed as I write this because I just re-watched.
- This one will strike you either as fascinating or creepy/scary, depending on how you perceive bugs. But fear not: there are no actual bugs pictured. It’s just a video demonstrating what you get when you pour molten aluminum into an ant colony. You’re welcome – I knew you were wondering.
Anyway, the boys in your household will probably like it, even if you don’t.
- Rudolph goes modal: Reno Erat Rudolphus, the chant version of the song! Don’t worry, it’s not actually sacred music, so it’s just a bit of nerdy fun. Read more about it here.
- An Arabic Christmas chant: Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity. It’s a long one (5 min) – you could turn it on and fold the laundry…
- Also from the vault of unexpected but seasonally appropriate music: the Monkees sing an a capella song about… the Immaculate Conception in Spanish. Maybe you’re familiar with this already? Some of the translation is here. I recommend listening rather than watching… because, sorry, they just look weird.
From the archives:
- One of those rare posts from Habou: Wonder and the Nativity
- Speaking of seasonal music (and I should have linked to this a week or two ago), there are still a few days of Advent left in which to enjoy quality Advent music! If You Will Go Nuts Listening to ‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas’ One More Time, Read On! (Yes, that is the actual title of this blog post back from 2009.)
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