For the Commemoration of the Holy Innocents

The Coventry Carol

15th Century


I spent four slow hours cleaning the house today, sprucing up and gently setting to rights, refreshing candles and putting away gifts. But we’re by no means ‘done’. I’ll be sweeping pine needles and picking up fallen holly berries for another good week and a day, for we keep Christmas right up to the very chime of midnight on Twelfth Night around here. 😉

Wishing you all a very lovely Fourth Day of Christmas!!

6 Responses to “For the Commemoration of the Holy Innocents”

  1. Deanna says:

    Beautiful tree!

    I love to keep the season as long as possible! We start right after Thanksgiving and usually end at New Years.


  2. Holly says:

    Lanier – I love it when you post. It’s always inspiring; always relevant. I’ve actually linked to you from my own website. Prayers to you and your great guy for a wonderful year – the best year yet! ~ Holly & John

  3. Lanier – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of your Christmas posts this year. I’m so glad to see you posting regularly. You are a true blessing! 🙂

  4. Nancy says:

    Your Christmas posts (and the accompanying songs) have been so lovely! Such an inspiration!
    Best wishes for a wonderful New year!

  5. Josie Ray says:

    Lanier, I am at least three posts behind on visiting with you, due to the holidays, and am supposed to be running off to in-house festivities even now! But I look forward to the pleasure of browsing at my leisure in January.

    Your cyber-sharing has been a true joy for me in 2009, and I thank you from my heart.

    Many, many blessings for a joyful 2010 for you and yours (including all of God’s creatures surrounding you)! May you be blessed as you bless, and more.

  6. Jayne says:

    I’m having a pyjama day today, I’ve got a cold and the rain is pouring here in the English Midlands. I thought you might like to know something magical about The Coventry Carol. I live in Coventry, where our fine old Cathedral was bombed in November 1940, 75 years ago. Just before Christmas 2015, my family and I went to a BBC Carol Service at Coventry Cathedral (my son is a BBC producer, so we had seats reserved right at the front!).

    A recording was played of the Coventry Cathedral Choristers sing the Coventry Carol in 1940, amidst the ruins. After the first verse, the recording gradually faded, and the current choristers took over the carol. Oh my word, the tingles down my spine! Music spanned an historic bridge of 75 years in the life of our City.

    Coventry is not the most beautiful place in England, it is a post-industrial city after all, but we have a beautiful new Cathedral, as well as the remains of the old one. Also. the poet Philip Larkin was once a librarian in Coventry, and the novelist Susan Hill went to school here, which you can read about in a marvellous book of hers called ‘Howard’s End is on the Landing”.

    Sorry for such a long ramble! Your blog is keeping me entertained and inspired on my pyjama day, many thanks!

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