‘Holiday Musings’ Archive

The Strange American Inversion of the Liturgical Year January 6, 2015 No Comments

Historically in Christian liturgy, Advent was supposed to be a sort of penitential time, a little Lent leading up to Christmas, as Lent led up to Easter. Anglican hymnbooks have an Advent section and a Christmas section. Songs like “O Come O Come Emmanuel” are in the Advent section; most major Christmas carols, from “Silent […]

What "Luck of The Irish?" March 17, 2010 1 Comment

This is a time of the year when the phrase “luck of the Irish” is often heard.  What “luck”?  Except for the golden age before 1171 AD, and the “Celtic Tiger” years from 1990 to 2007, I would not wish the “luck of the Irish” on my enemies! The luck of the Irish, for most […]