Merry Celtic Christmas

4th Sunday of Advent. We’re getting there…

4th Sunday of Advent.  We're getting there...
Celtic Christmas

Celtic Winter – Magical Christmas. Thanks to Derek and Brandon Fiechter who composed the Celtic songs in this video.

Classical Sunday: Carols From King’s

It’s the second Sunday of Advent. Time to rest and reflect.

Carols From King’s – The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

00:00:00 Once in royal David’s city
00:04:41 Rejoice and be merry
00:06:11 Ding dong, merrily on high
00:08:19 What Sweeter Music
00:12:37 O little town of Bethlehem
00:16:17 A Spotless Rose
00:19:25 Heer Jezus heeft een hofken (organ variations)
00:26:44 King Jesus hath a garden
00:30:10 The Lamb
00:33:39 Bogoróditse Dyévo
00:34:55 Infant holy, infant lowly
00:36:43 Illuminare, Jerusalem
00:39:12 While shepherds watched
00:41:54 Quittez, pasteurs
00:45:05 In dulci jubilo (organ prelude)
00:48:06 In dulci jubilo
00:50:46 The First Nowell
00:56:09 Coventry Carol
00:59:17 Personent hodie
01:01:49 O come all ye faithful

Artist: The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

Classical Sunday: Medieval Christmas and Advent Chorals

Enjoy your First Sunday of Advent, one and all.

Medieval Christmas Carols & Advent Chorals

Track title list included in the video.


Herbal Household Remedies: Feast and Fast

Feasts can only be significant if not every meal is a banquet.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  There is so much to be thankful for!  Enjoy your feast, enjoy your family time, enjoy the festiveness and all that happens in your family traditionally on this day.

It is good to celebrate the feasts in our lives, the special, significant meals that we share with those we love.  Thanksgiving is one of them, and so is Christmas dinner.  In between the two, there lies Advent, a time to prepare for Christmas.  Today, I would like to encourage you to follow an old tradition and fast during Advent in some way.

Feasts can only be significant if not every meal is a banquet.  Feasting as well as fasting are part and parcel of many (all?) religious traditions, and it should come as no surprise that it is good for us to not always eat as much as we can hold, and to not always abstain from most things.  It is also good to break routine every once in a while and prove to ourselves that we CAN do without coffee for four weeks, or without tea, or without chocolate, or without dessert, or without meat, or without fast food.

Simplify your dietary habits so that feasts like today stand out as significant.  Alternate feast and fast.  Enjoy the times of plenty, and the times of restraint.  It will strengthen your mind as well as your body.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Classical Sunday: Mozart for Christmas

A playlist of celebratory, uplifting and meditative classical music pieces to help you get in the holiday spirit.

For the first Sunday of Advent, we thought it would be fitting to have some beautiful Advent music.  And we settled on Mozart.  Enjoy!  🙂

Mozart for Christmas

Christmas time with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! A playlist of celebratory, uplifting and meditative classical music pieces to help you get in the holiday spirit.

1 Lucio Silla, K. 135: Ouverture. III. Molto allegro 00:00
2 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: III. Allegro vivace assai 01:39
3 Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 “Linz”: II. Andante con moto 08:25
4 Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314: III. Rondo. Allegretto 15:53
5 Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act I: “Non più andrai farfallone amoroso” 21:34
6 Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: “Madamina il catalogo è questo” 24:52
7 Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: “Voi che sapete” 30:13
8 Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major, K. 299: II. Andantino 32:27
9 Bastien und Bastienne, K. 50: Ouverture 40:37
10 Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 333: I. Allegro 42:34
11 Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 333: III. Allegretto grazioso 48:01
12 Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 “For Beginners”: II. Andante 54:39
13 Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, K. 570: II. Adagio 58:24
14 Ave verum corpus, S. 44 1:05:33
15 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante 1:07:50
16 Ave Maria 1:15:06
17 Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: Laudate Dominum 1:17:25
18 Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165: Allegro. Alleluja 1:20:14

# 1-4 & 15 performed by Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta
Piano on No. 2 & 15: Jorg Demus | Flute on No. 4: Andreas Blau
# 5-7 performed by Moldavian Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini
# 8 & 9 performed by Opole Philarmonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini (No. 8) and Werner Stiefel (No. 9) | Harp on No. 8: Ursula Mazurek
# 10 & 11 performed by Giovanni Umberto Battel
# 12-14 performed by Carlo Balzaretti
# 16-18 performed by Juliana Lubova, Imma Kamarian

Welcome Advent With Us!

Time to get ready.

Do you have an Advent calendar?  A few years ago a dear friend sent us an online Advent calendar as a gift, and ever since, we are hooked!  The scene below is from said calendar; this year, it is set in Edinburgh.  The fun starts tomorrow!

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And since it snowed this past week, we have the bird feeders out and filled again.  It didn’t take our feathered friends long at all to find them.  Here’s one:


And how about it, do you fast in any way, shape or form in the four weeks leading up to Christmas?  In any case, we have just under a month to go until the Winter Solstice and Christmas: Enjoy the darkest, lightest weeks of the year!


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