Earworm Wednesday:  The Holly and The Ivy ~ The Mediaeval Baebes


So some one pointed out to me that they didn’t know the rules regarding Earworm Wednesday.  So…

Rule #1 The song can’t be lewd in nature.

Rule#2 If the song is popular I try to find someone who has done a cover of it.

Rule #3 It has to be rattling around my skull at least for two hours.  But can also be a suggestion from a reader of this blog.

Rule #4 When all of this fails I choose something that amuses me.

Enjoy this Christmas Carol from the Mediaeval Baebes

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Merry Christmas 


​Luke 2:1-20

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.  

Merry Christmas to you and may God bless you in the coming year. 

Christmas Movies 


So it’s that time of year when a certain group of movies appear on movie channels and cable TV channels.  And I  won’t deny that I have a list of films that I will watch when it gets close to Christmas.  And so without further ado and in no particular order:

Holiday Inn 

The movie where Bing Crosby first sang White Christmas.  And in my  opinion when he was in his best voice.  

Hogfather 

Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. What can I say about film that has a world which is flat laying on the back of four elephants that stands upon a giant turtle swimming through the galaxy. How about here’s a chance to see Michelle Dockery in her first film roll. Or what about taking a look at a very different Santa Claus (he has boar tusks!). Or maybe here is a fantasy film that puts it’s tongue in its cheek and keeps it there. Give it a try.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This has been remade a couple of times but I think that the original is still the best.  And for me Edmund Glenn is perfect as the little old man who claims to be the one and only Santa Claus.  

A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) 1951 Alastair Sim

This film is found under both names and again in my humble opinion is the very best version of Charles Dickens story.  Alastair Sim is the best Scrooge.  There is a colorized version of this film but the black and white version is the best.  

White Christmas 

OK I said Holiday Inn is Bing at his best voice, not going to take that back.  But Danny Kaye is at his manic best in this movie.  As the Davis to Crosby’s Wallace when he looks at Bing and says “I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that’s forty-five minutes, and I’d at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.”I die laughing.

It’s a Wonderful Life 

Frank Capra’s classic tale of how one life can affect so many others is a classic Christmas tale of redemption and friendship.  And is a must see at my house.  

Advent Sunday


Matthew 21:5

Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. 

Those of you who hold to the RPW probably won’t be having an Advent service today.  But those who have come from a liturgical calendar tradition recognize that this is the season of Advent.  

Advent is the season that proceeds Christmas.  During this time we look forward to Christ’s return and at the same time we look back to Christ’s first coming, his incarnation.  So today take some time to meditate on what it means to prepare for the coming of Christ how we like Israel looked forward to his coming.  And how we can rejoice that he did come. 

Good News of Great Joy


In those days  a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to  the city of David, which is called  Bethlehem,  because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,  who was with child.  And  while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and  wrapped him in swaddling cloths and  laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and  the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For a unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Earworm Wednesday: Handel’s Messiah ~ King’s College Cambridge Choir


Based upon a libretto composed by Charles Jennens which using passages from the Old Testament and Revelation the libretto dealt with prophecy of Christ’s coming, his birth, death, resurrection and victory over sin and Christ’s second coming Handel made it into an oratorio.  The speed in which he composed this is legendary and in composing the famous Hallelujah Chorus he said that he saw the heavens open and beheld the face of God.  It was first performed on Easter, since then it has been a Christmas favorite although mainly the highlights of the oratorio not the entire work.

This is the King’s College Cambridge Choir doing this classical work.