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A Christmas Post


A Christmas Post

It’s 10 o’clock in the morning. Still dark, gloomy, and wet; very wet. Well it is where we live anyway. And looks set to stay that way. Even the birds are mostly silent. Yet ...

distant bells 
deep in the holly
a robin sings

‘Tis the shortest day - the Winter Solstice - when bells are rung to ward off evil spirits and demons. And a carolling (virtually) we will go ...

We all have our tried-and-true favorite songs, carols and tunes to listen and sing along to – “Deck the Halls,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Let it Snow” and “Jingle Bell Rock” to name a few.

Here’s some of mine ...

Ring Out Solstice Bells - Jethro Tull


The Holly and the Ivy - Maddy Prior


That’ll be Christmas - Thea Gilmore


The Winter Fair - Rosie Meeks


What are your favourite Christmas songs, carols or poems ... I’d love to know.

Wishing you safe and well.

Happy Christmas


Artist Credit

A Winter's Tale, Victorian Christmas card (colour litho) by Robert Dudley


The Winter solstice 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 10:02 on Monday 21 December

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GP Cox
December 21, 2020 10:32 am

All the very best in the coming year as well!
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Deborah Vass
December 21, 2020 11:22 am

A beautiful post to celebrate the Solstice. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas.

December 21, 2020 11:50 am

That was a lovely haiku. Don’t know of any Christmas song except Jingle Bells:) need to listen to these songs later. Wish you a Merry Christmas.

Clive Pilcher
December 21, 2020 1:04 pm

A lovely post, Clive. I knew all of the songs except Rosie Meek – she has a beautiful, warm voice. As for my choices – you’ve been following those! Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2020 2:52 pm

Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you.

December 21, 2020 2:59 pm

Yet again, we share similar taste Clive….Jethro Tull, Steeleye Span and Thea Gilmour are very much on my Christmas music list, in fact I’ve been playing Jethro Tull (a favourite for well over 40 years…), and not just the Christmas songs, a great deal this week while painting. I will have to explore Rosie Meek. Sting’s album If on a winter’s night is also an old if unexpected favourite in our home. Wishing you a very peaceful Christmas and optimistic New Year, with hopefully a few cracks in the cloud cover.

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Josie Holford
December 21, 2020 3:24 pm

Hi Clive – Not trying to be a curmudgeon here but for me, it’s been such a relief not to hear the usual so-called music that gets drummed into everyone at every turn in shops and etc. Being hunkered has had its blessings! That said good seasonal music is something else and to be enjoyed. And a very happy Christmas to you. And we all seek a better new year.

December 21, 2020 5:15 pm

Bright solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Love those little robins!

December 21, 2020 6:23 pm

Have a lovely Christmas Clive, whatever the weather and mud! and more discoveries during 2021

December 21, 2020 7:14 pm

I still love the Thea Gilmore and Rosie Meek songs, but no longer listen to much Christmas music. It’s strange really because I come from a family that was filled with music. I suspect that if I were to attend a carol service (if) I would probably sing happily and with a full voice! Perhaps this post will nudge me to listen again! Have a bright mid-winter.

December 21, 2020 8:16 pm

Greeting to you too. I love the Robin in the holly. Deserves a song.

December 22, 2020 4:18 am

Jethro Tull!! That brought back memories. The distant bells must be the solstice bells. Nice haiku, Clive.

Tish Farrell
Tish Farrell
December 24, 2020 9:54 am

So pleased you found my blog. And now I’ve found yours. Happy landings all round 🙂

Andrea Stephenson
December 26, 2020 8:45 pm

You’ve introduced me to some new songs Clive. My favourite is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Hope you’ve had a good Christmas.

December 30, 2020 9:50 pm

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