Lyrical

Since I first heard it, this song by one of my idols – Chrissy Hynde – has been a favourite. This Yule it feels even more en pointe; 2000 miles, 9000 days, one kiss…

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Lyrical ~ Sounds Of The Season

Yule and Christmas wouldn’t be complete without certain carols and hymns. Like a lot of us, I have favourites that must be sung by the voices that I remember from childhood.

Here are a few more that are the favourites I’m listening to get me into the celebratory spirit. I’ll bet you’ll love them too!

From Canadian Songstress, Heather Dale, the ‘Huron Carol’. This is Canada’s oldest carol and Heather’s interpretation in Wendat (Huron), French and English, mirrors the bedrock our country was built on. It’s gorgeous!

From the pre-Christian celebration of Yule, ‘The Holly and The Ivy’. This version is by the incomparable Annie Lennox.

This is my all time favourite Christmas carol and it’s been helping people celebrate since the 17th century. This version by Blackmore’s Night is wonderful. Sting does a nice one too.

If I want to be four years old again this is the song. I learned this in junior kindergarten and so did my two bébés, who both attended a French school. Il Est Né, sung by The Chieftains and featuring Kate and Anna McGarrigle – a perfect pairing of Canadian and Irish music.

Last not least, this fabulous version of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ by Pentatonix. I love this so much, I can actually sing along with my bizarre soprana-contralta voice!

Hope you are all slowing, stopping, feeling completely and totally in the moment… this is the time and it wants all of us in it. Love, laugh, celebrate – completely.

~ kei
22 December 2015

Blessed Yule

Another year is closing.

This will be a very different Yule for me. My Dad and my Grandmother are gone, one of my babies is on the west coast, thousands of miles away. There is a new baby in the family – my Nephew’s daughter, just two weeks old and that’s a blessing. She is a beautiful and poignant reminder of how our lives and family connections are all circular.

Wishing all of my friends here a wonderful holiday season. May your observances and celebrations reinforce all the ties that bind and may we all enjoy the gifts of peace, hope and love.

~ kei
21 December 21015

“Midnight Messenger” by Anne Stokes

A Christmas Story

… of a different stripe

White Tiger, Snow, Humour, Big Cats, A Christmas Story

“NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a ‘triple dare you’? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.”

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A quote from my second favourite Christmas movie – Nightmare Before Christmas – being the first. In the interest of full disclosure, I stuck my tongue to the bumper of my Dad’s car one year. 1972 Impala… delicious!

~ kei
20 December 2015

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For the uninitiated:

From the movie 'A Christmas Story'.

From the movie ‘A Christmas Story’.

Merry Christmas WordPress Family!

I’ll be away like so many of you, enjoying family, friends and all the good stuff that Yule / Christmas celebrations are in my life.

Wishing all of you the joy of the season and the blessings of peace, health and prosperity as this old year wanes.

Ulnuelewi and Pusu’ Puna’ne

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Blessed be

~ kei

24 December 2014

Indian xmas

Lyrical ~ Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I celebrate both Yule and Christmas and this beautiful carol with Pagan origins has been my favourite since I was a child.

Wishing you and yours all the joy of the season, both the crazy commercial and the quiet introspection.

On your own with a good book or in the midst of family mayhem, you’ll find something beautiful, good and enriching if your heart is open to what we know is the true meaning of this time. I will be doing my little Cindylou Who à la Jack Skellington this year – making Christmas – in a new kind of way, with my heart wide open.

Blessed Be and Merry Christmas WordPress family!