Christmas Links

Photo: Inocencia’s Piñata (some rights reserved) Links related to Christmas presented in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesPope Francis’ Christmas message was about Mary, Joseph, and migrationSpare a thought for Bethlehem this Christmas as politics and tourism collide – Freya Higgins-Desbiolles/The ConversationThe Most Beloved Christmas Specials Are (Almost) All Terrible – Atlantic Día de la Candelaria …

Christmas Music

Photo: Boris’ Christmas Fairyland (also see: boris) Christmas Music from Tire Companies Selections of Christmas Music 12 Days of ChristmasLyrics – Huapala Silent Night Recommended Listening200 years of Silent Night -The story behind Franz Gruber’s beloved carol of Oberndorf Austria. Note – it begins and ends on a dissonant note, kind of rare for the …

Christmas in Mexico

Poster Christmas (Navidad) is a joyous holiday in Mexico celebrated from December 12 to January 6 (Puente Guadalupe-Reyes). CalendarDec 8 Juquila – Virgen de la Concepción, San Juanito ChurchDec 12 Virgen de GuadalupeDec 18 Virgen de la SoledadDec 23 Radish Night o Noche de Rábanos en el Zócalo (Oaxaca)Dec 25 NavidadJan 6 Mexico celebrates Epiphany …

Jólabókaflóð

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Jólabókaflóð = Icelandic tradition whereby people give books to each other in the months running up to Christmas — and especially on Christmas Eve Elsewhere on the Webjolabokaflod.org – founding story Embedded Tweets WikipediaJólabókaflóð Planeta.com

Posada

Photo: Radish Night Posada Posada =  a Mexican ritual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a lodging in Bethlehem, performed just before Christmas EssayLas Posadas are a celebration of Catholic worship before Christmas and consists of nine rosarios from December 16-24, collectively called a novena, which is commemorated in the holy family’s journey from …