A few days ago, Nadezda and Satu challenged me to answer four Christmas questions and Rosemary nominated me for a Liebster blog award. The Liebster blog award requires that I say 11 random things about myself and nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers to do the same. Thank you for thinking of me in this way. I will try to answer Nadezda and Satu's questions in a way that will allow 11 random things about me become obvious.
1. What is my favorite flower at Christmas? Poinsettias are wonderful but I think my favorite flower at Christmas is red and white roses. I know that they're out of season but they fit with a lot of Christmas legend like the German Maria durch ein dornwald ging, which tells of Mary walking through a thorny wood that had not had a leaf in years. When the thorns realize what Mary is carrying "unter ihrem hertz" (under her heart) the thorns begin to bear roses. Then there's one of my favorite hymns, "Lo, How a rose e'er blooming" and of course Jesu Bambino by Pieto Yon - "Twas born the child, the christmas rose." Probably doesn't hurt that we celebrate our anniversary on Dec. 21st and our song is a setting of the Robert Burns poem O my luve's like a red, red rose.
4. Which song makes my Christmas? Oh so many... the Christmas part of Messiah by G.F. Handel,
One of my new favorites is written by Brendan Lord and is called "Nativity" This isn't the best recording but it is one of only two on youtube. The words are pretty spectacular though.
Imagine holding the child of God within like Mary.
And in holding the child of God, holding God.
How would it feel to hold the child of God so close to your heart?
How would it feel?
Do not imagine for it is real!We are all children of God.
We are all heirs like Jesus.
The spirit of God lives in our hearts.
So on this most holy Christmas night and always,Let the light of Christ that is within shine as brightly as the star over Bethlehem.
As God’s only child burst forth from Mary’s womb,
Let us celebrate this gift within ourselves
As we celebrate the birth of the child.
And to wash it all down, the 12 Daze of Christmas.
Here's a great reworking of two rose songs, "The Rose" and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming."
Hugo Distler's setting of "Lo How a Rose" always gives me a thrill!
Here's another random thing about me: I'm not savvy enough to figure out who on my blog roll (you know that long list of blogs I read over on the right of this) has less than 200 followers and I LOVE all of those blogs. So I'm nominating all of you for a Libster Blog Award!
Thanks again Rosemary, Satu, and Nadezda for the challenge. P.S. I can't believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away - YIKES!