Another Poem for Advent

Christmas Miscellany

  • Candycane Sufjan Stevens has a very nice animated Christmas music video posted on YouTube here.  Give it a look.
  • Though I did not think I would enjoy it, I am in fact enjoying the new Christmas album by Clannad singer and elder sister of Enya, Moya Brennan, entitled (what else) An Irish Christmas.  I was surprised because I find most Irish music on the dark side, and some of the Irish Christmas albums I have heard are not of good cheer.  This one is.
  • Another Christmas record I have enjoyed is Wintersong, by Sarah McLachlan.  It's a mixed bag of seasonal tunes and a couple originals and one not so Christmasy song by Joni Mitchell ("River"), but it's quite good.  And there's that ubiquitous and one and only John Lennon Christmas song, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," that shows up just about everywhere.  I prefer the original.
  • I'm enjoying reading a bit of WinterSong, an older book by Luci Shaw and Madeleine L'Engle.  It's a collection of meditations and poems on Advent.  It's a welcome contrast to the Advent collection entitled Watch for the Light, much of which was not very helpful.  I like the personal feel of this collection, and its consistency.