Here’s a quick list of some of the best Christmas posts I’ve seen in the last 24 hours:
To start, we must have Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma doing the Wexford Carol!
A couple key posts by Caitlin Green (of course; read her writings, people!)
–Josiah King, The Examination and Tryal of Old Father Christmas, 1686 (courtesy of Dr. Green)
Kathryn Warner, Edward II’s Christmases (always a pleasure reading)
Michael Livingston, The Medieval Origins of Xmas (great post)
The usual treasure-trove of items from Peter and Sandra at Medievalists.net:
—Bah! Humbug! Complaining about Christmas gifts 1600 years ago (Asterius of Amasea’s New Year’s sermon decrying pagan gift-giving)
—How to Party Like its 1399, by Danièle Cybulskie
—Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as a Christmas Poem, by Jean Louise Carrier
–and The Medieval Magazine, which is devoted mostly to Christmas in the Middle Ages.
— Euan Roger (@euanroger) December 23, 2016
And several gems from the British Library, Medieval Manuscripts Blog:
Alexander Murray, Medieval Christmas (from History Today, 1986)
And a couple of more modern items, a photo from 1870, and a meditation on the hope of Christmas in the Frankfurter Allegemeine
— Josef Yousef Meri (@josefmeri) December 24, 2016
Daniel Deckers, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Licht im Dunkel der Nacht
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, On Losing Faith. (a very moving piece)
There is much to worry about, and mourn, and anticipate as 2016 comes to an end. But still I say, Merry Christmas, frohe Weihnachten!