January 1 in the twelve days of Christmas can focus on Mary. Oddly, Mary is not particularly present in the Christmas Carol tradition. This may have been because the popular Christmas songs came from the protestant traditions, and Mary was consciously (or unconsciously) not focused upon. Gabriel’s Song (The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came) was …

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December 31 in the twelve days of Christmas marked in various places with celebrations of Hogmanay, New Year’s Eve, Saint (Pope) Sylvester. I’m staying up just so I can see 2021 gone. I know the song choices this year have been more idiosyncratic than usual. It’s been a singularly abnormal Christmas. Over The Rhine’s music …

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December 30 in the twelve days of Christmas doesn’t seem to have a strong or consistent theme. The Holy Family, a saint or so get a mention, but nothing really stands out. This song is Jesus, King Of Angels by Fernando Ortega. This version has accompanying vocals by Alison Krauss. With all my heart I …

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December 29 in the twelve days of Christmas is associated with Thomas a’Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered for challenging the King’s authority over the church. A day to remember a disciple of Jesus who chose faithfulness to Jesus above all earthly powers. A day to sing praises to Jesus our Saviour. Here’s …

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