The Wicked Fairy at the Manger, a strategic mistake

Last night the church of All Souls Langham Place came alive with the students’ Christmas dinner. One highlight was Hugh Palmer, the rector, who dressed up as Father Christmas and told a poem – rather subversively, I should think, overturning the traditional roles of patron-client involved in dealings with the big fat man – outliningContinue reading “The Wicked Fairy at the Manger, a strategic mistake”

Realizarea potentialului hristic în colindul “La Viflaim colo-n jos”

M-am trezit cu un gând in ajunul Craciunului. Colindul românesc “La Viflaim colo-n jos” pare sa se deschida spre o hermeneutica hristologica interesanta insa, din pacate, nu realizeaza decat jumatate din potentialul teologic. Sa examinam putin versurile: La Viflaim colo-n jos/ Cerul arde luminos, / Preacurata, Naste astazi pe Hristos Naste-n ieslea boilor Pe-mparatul tuturor / Preacurata, Sta si plange-ncetisorContinue reading “Realizarea potentialului hristic în colindul “La Viflaim colo-n jos””

Yule and the spread of Christianity in medieval Norway

The Saga of Olaf Kyrre (in the Old Norse Heimskringla cycle) has an interesting account of king Haakon I’s(920-961) attempt to impose Christianity in Norway. In chapter 15, we find out that… “King Hakon was a good Christian when he came to Norway; but as the whole country was heathen, with much heathenish sacrifice, and as manyContinue reading “Yule and the spread of Christianity in medieval Norway”

Yuletide and Wassailing

The 8th century Anglo-Saxon historian Bede wrote that in pre-Christian England ‘The first month, which the Latins call January, is [called] Giuli’; February is called Solmonath; March Hrethmonath; April, Eosturmonath; May, Thrimilchi; June, Litha; July, also Litha; August, Weodmonath; September, Halegmonath; October, Winter¢lleth; November, Blodmo- nath; December, Giuli, the same name by which January isContinue reading “Yuletide and Wassailing”

Pre-Victorian English Christmas food

This is something I found lying on the web. ON CHRISTMAS DAY BRITAIN crackles to the sound of 14,000,000 roasting turkeys. Henry VIII takes the credit for being the first to tuck into a turkey for Christmas dinner – but Henry made a meal out of most things anyway. For more than 300 years gooseContinue reading “Pre-Victorian English Christmas food”

The first Christmas card dates back to 1843

When London’s John Calcott Horsley invented the first Christmas card in 1843 as a favor to Henry Cole, neither man had any idea of the impact it would have in Britain and later in America. Even the early Christmas card manufacturers believed Christmas cards to be a vogue which would soon pass. They operated onContinue reading “The first Christmas card dates back to 1843”