Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Cat and Walking Shoes.

Santa offered me a cat for Christmas.  Here’s how it happened:  On the way home from the dentist, Red Car and I stopped at the Humane Society, and I found a perhaps good cat.  A friendly cat, an active cat.  A cat that had been sponsored so that there is no adoption fee.  I went home, thought about it, and decided no.  Then I accepted Santa’s gift of new walking shoes.  A cat to anchor home or shoes to walk away?  Maybe both if the cat is not yet adopted?  There are two days until Christmas Day.

Brass at Christmas.

There will be a brass quintet at Christmas Eve Mass.  Brass is appropriate for Christmas.  Brass instruments are good for Proclamation.  At Christmas: He is born!  At Easter: He is risen!  In ordinary time: He is Lord!  I appreciate the art work of herald angels holding horns.

Assault on Christmas?

The only assault on Christmas is if Christians do not celebrate it in worship and deed.  It is the holiday season, with several special holidays: Christmas for Christians, Hanukkah for Jews, Kwanzaa for African-Americans, Solstice for pagans.  Most of us celebrate at this time of the year the gods of the market place.  That others celebrate at this time and have appropriate greetings for their celebrations is no assault on Christianity.

Listening.  Two Seasonal Novelty CDs.

John Denver and The Muppets, “A Christmas Together.”  LaserLight Digital, 2001.

There are varied selections, 9 songs and a medley of two songs and a story.  My favorites are the non-seasonal “When the River Meets the Sea,” in gospel style, and “It’s in Everyone of Us,” noting wisdom through observation and knowing one’s heart.  I also like the gentle rock-n-roll of “Little Saint Nick,” the spoken story of “Alfie: The Christmas Tree,” the smooth jazz of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (featuring Rolf the dog on piano), and the telling of the story of the writing of “Silent Night.”  Miss Piggy hams it up in several songs, especially “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

“The Christmas Revels: A Victorian Celebration of the Winter Solstice.”  Revel Records.

Beginning with street cries, the revels include traditional carols, music hall novelty songs, and parlor dances.  My favorites are the hilarious “Miss Hollihan’s Christmas Cake,” the music hall songs, “Down at the Old Bull and Bush,” “Don’t Have Any More, Mrs. Moore,” and “Let’s All Go Down the Strand.”  It’s a program for imagined entertainment, a real treat.

And now for another Christmas.  Have a Merry one!

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About billwednesdayblog

Retired high school English and French teacher.
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3 Responses to Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  1. Mitch Cox says:

    A delightful seasonal essay, Bill. I’ll have to check out “The Christmas Revels.” Sounds promising for next year’s Christmas CD purchase. And really liked your part on the assault on Christmas, not. Gods of the market place indeed, Christmas in America.

  2. Sallt says:

    Merry Christmas to you Bill….. and a Cat would be great company. Always happy to see you.

  3. MICHAEL & BETTY COLLINS says:

    Gotta ‘ love this!..>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Miss Piggy “hams” it up in several songs

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