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Holiday Company

Seamus by the tree

Sis’s dog Seamus has a boo-boo on his paw, so he can’t go to doggy day care. He’s come to visit two days early so he can rest up and have his Aunt CB and Uncle BK spoil him. He needs to be in good shape by the time Santa Claus leaves his stocking!

Christmas Joy, courtesy of Mariah Carey

What a wonderful child!

It’s kind of silly to talk about a favorite movie, book, song, or whatever, for me, anyway. They’re subject to revision. That said, one particular Christmas song is really speaking to me this year. You can dance to it. And you should. I recommend standing as you listen, so that when the spirit moves you, you can dance along. Sing, too, if you’re so inclined.

Here it is: Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child

O Holy Night


DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church Candlelight Service

One musical highlight is shockingly (!) missing from my previous holiday music posts.

Allow me to explain. Every year for I don’t know how many years, DUUC looks forward to hearing Curt Johnson play O Holy Night. Usually he plays during the special holiday music service which is always the second Sunday in December, but this year, Curt thought he would be out of town. There was disbelief and mourning.

Then the glad tidings came.

Curt is playing for the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. I haven’t gone to that service in several years, preferring to attend a vigil mass closer to home. But this year, you’d better believe I’ll be there. Here’s a video of Curt playing last year, in the old sanctuary.

Merry almost Christmas. Tomorrow I share my (current) favorite Christmas music. Hint: dust off your dancing shoes.


We interrupt the holiday hit parade for a different seasonal topic.


Patrick Rothfuss, best-selling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, is working via Worldbuilders this year – as he does every year – to raise funds for Heifer International. There are any number of rewarding ways to help out, and I encourage checking them out.

Personally, my plan is to order a 2014 calendar when I get a spare moment, but you also have the opportunity to snag some Rothfuss fanfic/erotica, authored and read by award-winning author and professional audiobook reader Mary Robinette Kowal. Fun for the whole family! Sorry, I meant to say, fun for any members of the family who are above the age of consent.

Merry almost Christmas. Tomorrow I share my (current) favorite Christmas music. Hint: dust off your dancing shoes.

Holiday Feast


Borrowing a page from Mary Robinette Kowal’s book – I mean, blog. She posted an absolutely gorgeous holiday menu a couple of weeks ago. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I’m posting our Christmas dinner menu. These are  mostly dishes we’ve enjoyed for many years. This has been a busy few months, so I’m sticking with the tried-and-true.

This menu might seem unusual. See if you can spot what I mean.

Vegetable Birds Nests with Dipping Sauce
Assorted Cheeses and Crackers
Veggies and Dip

Spinach Soufflé Crepes
Orange Scented Beets
Mashed Golden Potatoes
Green Beans

Christmas Cookies
Peppermint or Vanilla Ice Cream

Did you figure out how this menu differs from much traditional Christmas fare? Leave your answers in the comments section below. Christmas cookies will be awarded to the first five who answer, if you’re willing to provide an address.

Ding Dong Merrily on High


One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Ding Dong Merrily On High”, because you gotta  love a song with all those glorias. This one even beats out “Angels We Have Heard On High”, if you ask me. I especially like this version by Kings Choir.

However, if you want to get a sense of what it takes to sing all those glorias in one breath, you should check out this version: Julie Andrews from Christmas in Washington, 1992