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Dec 7 / Zack

A Season for Singing

Christmas comes early in a country without Thanksgiving to stop it. And in the country of A Christmas Carol and Yule, the traditions of celebrating the holiday are immense. Just add snow (as the weather has over the past few weeks) and you’ve a nation overjoyed to be singing and humming and dancing and shopping for Christmas.

The Cambridge Market, lit for Christmas (from a BBC photo).

At Selwyn, the annual snowball went down this past weekend with my dear girlfriend Colleen flying in from New York just for the occasion. The previous Wednesday had been the “Christmas Formal” where the undergrads (and a few graduate hangers-on including myself and Colleen) were encouraged to eat mince pies, wear those silly Christmas crowns, and conduct a rabble-rousing rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The weekend finished with a Christmas service in Selwyn’s Chapel based on the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols. The supremely talented choir sang some wonderful pieces including a magicalĀ  “I Saw Three Ships.” The evening concluded with the room lit only in candles as the entire congregation sang out “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” but featured plenty of good singing before that.

In keeping with the season, the weather outside was frightful. But in my warm room, the MacBook and down comforter were delightful.


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  1. M. Smith / Dec 9 2010

    That all sounds really fun. The New York City Christmas appears to be the placement of a hasty electric menorah and a plastic tree in the lobbies of the apartment buildings. It has a strange charm.

  2. Zack / Dec 10 2010

    Cheers Smith!

    It has been fun. The New York electric-holiday sounds very Ginsberg. What you should be on the look-out for is a nice Christmas Jazz event in the city. Preferably “Big Band” style, with jackets required. It will be cocktails and sleigh bells and little black skirts and kissing under mistle toe in elevators up to a penthouse for activities worth of the magazine. :)

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