The Fourth Day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, in the famous counting song, the singers true love gave four collie birds (blackbirds--not "calling birds" as is commonly sung today). Blackbirds are generally accepted to be negative omens. No matter who's looking. Perhaps the one notable exception is the song "Blackbird" by the Beatles, where Paul McCartney writes of the freedom of the [...]

The Third Day of Christmas

After two days of celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas, I've definitely realized that it's a good idea not to do any eating or celebrating before the feast time, because it's a lot of celebrating and feasting. :) So today, I went a bit of a different way. Because I got the fruit-of-the-month club for Christmas (from Harry and David--I [...]

NWTK: Christmas Tree Coffee Cake

This was a staple of my childhood. Every Christmas morning, there would appear on the breakfast table, a Christmas Tree Coffee Cake. It has a very particular look and taste and is unlike anything I've had before. There's a shortcut version I often see made out of cinnamon rolls, but it just isn't the same. So this year, I decided [...]

The Second Day of Christmas

If you've read the previous two posts on my Twelve Days of Christmas, you'll know that I'm trying to celebrate each of the feasts of the Christmas season this year, one by one. Yesterday was the Feast of Christ. Today, the second day, is the Feast of Steven. (Of course, as it would happen, there's a Dr. Who episode called [...]

The First Day of Christmas

Of course, the first day of Christmas is the feast of Christ. Christ Mass. The day dedicated to observing the birth of Christ. In the liturgical calendar, it is the second most important feast. Easter first. Christmas second. There are massive theological implications of this liturgical importance, but I'm not going to get into those right now because there are [...]