New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay) falls during the twelve days of Christmas. A carol that refers directly to the change of year is Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly. I like Kate Rusby’s rendition from 2014’s Angels And Men. “Fast away the old year passes, Hail the new, both lads and lasses…” Blessed New …

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While the future is ahead of us, we find ourselves facing the past; there is a comfort in focussing on what we know more certainly that bids us orient ourselves toward what has been rather than the uncertainties of what will be. Facing the unknown and uncertain future results in us looking in a direction …

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Continuing through twelve days of Christmas, one text that is part of December 29 is Luke 2: 25-35, the Song Of Simeon, also called the Nunc Dimittis (from Latin ‘Now You Dismiss’). It’s also a feast day of Thomas Beckitt, but that’s not so exciting for singing about. There are many song versions of Simeon’s …

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