On Christmas morning 1863 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow found himself in a darkened place at odds with the solemn joy of the day.
He had never recovered from the death of his second wife, Frances. She died an agonizing death two years earlier after her dress caught fire in a freak accident while Longfellow napped. He managed to snuff the fire with his own body, but she lingered in that state, succumb... More
[Note: I posted the bulk of this one on a long-since-defunct blog I did a number of years ago. It's another consideration of a favorite Christmas carol.]
The “Christ Child Lullaby” is a beautiful, lilting Christmas carol sung from the perspective of the Blessed Mother. You can hear a snippet from the album at Amazon (an album anyone who appreciates traditional Irish music must have).
The lyric... More
I hope you will indulge a few posts in which I share some spiritual insights I’ve come to based on some of my favorite Christmas carols and hymns. The first one, which has always been one of my favorites even before I realized what I discuss below, is Little Drummer Boy.
One of my favorite interpretations of this piece is that by Lena Horne. Soft but intense, thoughtful, and plaintive but ho... More