Christmas 2015

Newgrange is an ancient structure in Ireland so constructed that the sun, at the exact time of the winter solstice, shines directly down a long corridor and illuminates the inner chamber. More about Newgrange here and here.

Grim has an Arthurian passage about the Solstice.

Don Sensing has thoughts astronomical, historical, and theological about the Star of Bethlehem.

Vienna Boys Choir, from Maggie’s Farm

Lappland in pictures…link came from the great and much-mourned Neptunus Lex

Snowflakes and snow crystals, from Cal Tech. Lots of great photos

A Romanian Christmas carol, from The Assistant Village Idiot

In the bleak midwinter, from King’s College Cambridge

Rick Darby has some thoughts on the season. More here.

A Christmas reading from Thomas Pynchon.

The first radio broadcast of voice and music took place on Christmas Eve, 1906. (although there is debate about the historical veracity of this story)

An air traffic control version of  The Night Before Christmas.

Ice sculptures from the St Paul winter carnival

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, sung by Enya

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Jeff Sypeck on a winter garden

Mona Charen, who is Jewish, wonders  what’s going on with the Christians?

2 thoughts on “Christmas 2015”

  1. Re: Lapland in Pictures

    Presumably the Laplanders have a diet almost devoid of fruits and vegetables, but I will venture to guess they suffer not at all from heart disease or other forms of arterial disease.

    Ditto for the eskimos of 125 years ago and before; and the masai of Africa, and of course, ALL humans prior to 10,000 years ago.

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