Advent, traditions and an update on a TSOG ‘classic’

Well, here we are. Advent started yesterday, and now begins the Church’s second-biggest countdown of the year. If you’re like me, you are a bit amazed to find that it’s that time already. It’s a little humorous, given that the Advent fast always comes on exactly the same day every year — no need to look up ‘date of Christmas’ on the internet like you do with Pascha. How is it that…

TwoThree carols to sing after Christmas

I have run this little series for years — the traditional Christmas carols that really make more sense to sing after Christmas — and I can’t believe I missed the most obvious one — the 12 Days of Christmas. Whoops. So I’ve added it this year, and here are the two three carols you can begin singing now that December 25 is past:

Byzantine “O Come All Ye Faithful” — the 2015 update

Isn’t the internet a remarkable place? I originally posted my little fusion between Byzantine chant and a Christmas carol in 2010, but somehow, enough people have been making their way back to that ditty that I have gotten requests for written music and/or an mp3 file. I still don’t have the written music for it — sorry about that! — but if you click THIS LINK, you should be able to download an mp3 file. …