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A lesson in carols

This entry was posted on Saturday, December 24th, 2011 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: scotland, music, lessons, happy, friends, faith, entertainment, celebrations, catholic, birthday

Being a guest in someone’s home at Christmas means the joy of participating in the traditions of the family. It’s a chance to experience new things and to learn new lessons. In fact, today’s tradition shared was a lesson, indeed. A lesson in carols, that is.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a radio programme recorded at the King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. It has run since 1918 and is the traditional start to Christmas for Rebecca’s family. As I sat there curled up in a chair, the fire crackling on the other side of the room, I listened with joy as the readings were read and the carols were sung. I don’t know if future Christmases will include a lesson in carols, but I am glad to have had the opportunity to participate in what is obviously an important part of someone’s Christmas tradition today.

Then, after the programme we enjoyed a light Christmas Even meal before Rebecca and I headed off to Midnight Mass (held at 8 o’clock, funnily enough) where we got to do some carol singing of our own. Because, after all, as a Good Catholic Girl, I can’t pass on my tradition of Christmas Eve Mass.

So, how about you? Are there any new traditions you’re participating in this year?


we’ve just finished listening to the carols from Kings, allbeit 8 hours later

by pomomama at 6:46am (GMT) on December 25th, 2011

Sounds like you had a great time.  I’m glad that you have a friend like Rebecca to share the holidays with! :)  We’re getting ready to head out to Javier’s sister’s for a nice meal and good fun before heading to Midnight Mass (at 11:00) to sing some carols.  Merry Christmas, sis!!  Love you!

by Royann at 6:50am (GMT) on December 25th, 2011

Along with the tradition of gathering with my cousins & Josh’s family, I think we may have started a new one this year of having Grandma & Grandpa(Josh’s folks) come stay Christmas Eve & then wake up to do presents & Christmas breakfast!

by Ramona at 10:21am (GMT) on December 27th, 2011

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