The Ninth Day of Christmas

Last year at Easter Matt and I learnt that a season of celebration is always going to be interrupted by sorrow and trauma. The season of Advent might be over, but the principles of Advent are still true: Christmas has come but we are still waiting for Jesus to come back! By the ninth day into Christmas celebrating you might have learnt this lesson too. Your celebrations might have been interrupted by sickness, maybe family struggles, maybe all kinds of difficult things. It’s impossible for a season of celebration to be untouched by the sin and corruption that still exists in ourselves and in the world. Today’s collection of resources kind of captures the sadness intermingled with Christmas joy.

Read Isaiah’s prophecy about the end of death and tears. Read T.S. Eliot’s whimsical rememberings of childhood Christmases and Jamie Harrison Dunk’s poem about the dark history of southern hemisphere Christmases. Make bittersweet lavender and citrus cordial. Listen to The Oh Hello’s suite of mashed-up Christmas carols circling from O Come O Come Emmanuel, through the darkness of the massacre of infants in the Coventry Carol through to the explosive rejoicing of Joy to the World and back to the beginning again. Dance with all your might to the joyful strains of the banjo.

     

The Seventh Day of Christmas

It’s the Seventh Day of Christmas, also known as New Year’s Eve in the Western calendar! We are just over halfway through Christmas now.

Today’s resources include one of my favourite hipster Christmas albums by the Californian band Branches. There are two beautiful poems: a new poem by Lauren Smith and the classic Bleak Mid-winter of Christina Rossetti, so evocative and yet also so foreign for those of us celebrating Christmas in the height of summer. There is a recipe for making ice cream out of fruit if that will help to cool you down.

     Make Icecream