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Merry Christmas

To all.

As I did on Thanksgiving Day, I was going to post the words of a hymn, followed by a link to a video performance of it that I especially like.  However, when I Googled this particular hymn, every different version that I clicked on was different.  There is apparently no agreement on this. In fact, in the video below, at one point the words (subtitles) on the video clearly differ from what the people are actually singing!

So, I will settle for just the first verse, upon which there seems to be universal agreement:

O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant
Oh come ye O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him born the King of angels;
Oh come let us adore Him,
Oh come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

And the video. It’s a nice one. Of course, given the sheer variety of versions of this hymn, I suppose it’s a tossup whether this version will be doctrinally congruent with the beliefs of a random reader here. However, in the spirit of Christmas, I imagine we can all live with that. :)

Thanksgiving Wishes

It’s Thanksgiving Day today. Rather than getting into anything political, I wanted to post the words to a hymn that’s been going through my head quite a bit today. I heard it earlier this afternoon on public radio, of all places. I was expecting to hear the usual afternoon classical music, but instead they were broadcasting an afternoon of special programming to celebrate the holiday. Some of it was quite enjoyable.

Here are the words:

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, was at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

If you want to actually hear the song, I particularly enjoy this rendition, which was apparently recorded with someone’s camcorder during a church service.

I hope you enjoy, and have a happy Thanksgiving Day, whether you are an American like me, or not.

(And now, I am set to indulge myself in a bit of pumpkin pie.)

Pre-holiday workload

The third week in November can be such a joy.

That’s sarcasm.

The fourth week in November is the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday (for many of us), which means the three days prior to that end up being slack-off days for so many people that even the ones who are perfectly happy to work those days have a hard time getting things done due to the slackers. Many people, in fact, actually take the whole week off, so if you have any business with them, it won’t get done in the fourth week of November.

In practical terms, all the work of the month of November needs to be done in the first three weeks of the month, i.e. four weeks of work done in three weeks, and most of that extra gets crammed into the third week.

However, I take some solace in the fact that next week will likely be a cakewalk. (And I hope I don’t have to eat my words four days from now.)

For the time being, it’s back to the grindstone. I, unlike some people, will at least be able to play catch up next Monday.