The Final Countdown to Christmas

Well, Christmas is next week–next week, people! Honestly, how did that happen? When I was younger, the wait for Christmas seemed forever, and now it’s just next week. I’m not ready to give up my Advent penances; I’m enjoying this!

Ahem. If you’re like me and having some trouble quite grasping that Christmas is so close, then perhaps some early Christmas cheer in the form of “Reno erat Rudolphus” is just what you need. What is “Reno erat Rudolphus”, you ask? Well, it’s kind of hard to explain; just watch the video. It should become obvious as the song progresses; I don’t want to give it away. ;)

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Reacting to the “Once Upon a Time” Winter Finale *Obviously Spoilers*

Not sure how coherent this is going to be, but here goes:

I’m glad to see the Frozen storyline is finally over. Although the OUaT versions of Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff did grow on me, I was skeptical of introducing such a recent release into the pantheon of established classics. Also, I wasn’t completely sold on Ingrid’s motive for casting the Spell of Shattered Sight in the first place. Yes, I know love is an important role in the show, but it would be nice to have a variation on motives for Evil Schemes of Evilness once in awhile!

Fortunately, Rumpelstiltskin is never short on motives–even though his plans cost him dearly this time. It was fascinating to see him revert to his villainous tendencies despite the knowledge that this couldn’t end well…and it didn’t. I knew things would not be pretty when Belle found out he’d been lying the entire time, but that scene was completely unexpected (if you’ve seen the episode, you’ll know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, I’m not about to spoil it).

I’m not particularly anxious about the March premiere mainly because I already know Rumple will find his way back, but I’m definitely intrigued with this whole Author scenario. More and more I’m beginning to suspect that the Sorcerer and the Author are one and the same. And maybe–just maybe–we’ll get a halfway decent explanation for how and why Ursula is in New York City…or how and why Maleficent is back when Emma killed her in season 1.

And as an afterthought…I was way too amused when Belle used the phrase “my turn to talk”. Because I am geeky like that.

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Something a Little Different for the Feast of St. Nicholas…

By now most of you are aware of one of my favorite St. Nicholas stories out there, the story of how he punched Arius at the Council of Nicea (cliffnotes version of the story is below).

At the aforementioned Council of Nicea, St. Nicholas punched Arius, founder of the Arian Heresy, for denying the Divinity of Christ. This naturally caused a shock–whether he was a heretic or not, you simply didn’t punch people at ecumenical councils. The other bishops at the council stripped Nicholas of his bishop’s garments and had him thrown in jail for assault.

“But how did he go on to become Santa Claus?” you’re probably asking at this point. Well, that night the Lord and the Blessed Virgin visited St. Nicholas in his cell, and when asked why he was in jail, the bishop responded that it was for love of his Lord. This response pleased Christ, and he gave St. Nicholas a book of the Gospels; the Blessed Virgin gave him a stole that represented his status as a bishop.

Here’s where it gets really interesting–the emperor and the bishop who was presiding over the council both saw this visit in their dreams that night, and in the morning they went to visit St. Nicholas to determine if what they had seen was real. When they saw his reading the book he had received from Our Lord the night before and wearing the stole that Our Lady had given him, they were convinced. St. Nicholas was released from jail and returned to the council.

This year I decided to go with something a little different for this feast. Today I bring you “Not-so-jolly Nicholas”, a parody of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” which I think has a few more awesomeness points than the original.

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The St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the start of a new liturgical year, and I am out of clever and insightful things to say about it this year. Maybe next year I’ll have better luck for a good post about it. In the meantime, though, I thought it would be a good idea to direct your attention to the St. Andrew Christmas Novena.

A novena is usually a prayer said once a day for nine days, and we get the nine days tradition from the Apostles, who spent nine days in the upper room waiting for the Holy Ghost. The St. Andrew Christmas Novena (which I’ll hereby be abbreviating as SACN) is different, though–it’s said fifteen times a day from November 30 (the feast of St. Andrew) to December 24. That’s a lot longer than nine days, so I don’t know how they can still call it a novena, but I don’t make the rules; I just report the facts.

http://www.fisheaters.com/customsadvent7.html

There’s another Christmas novena that’s recited once a day for the traditional nine days, going from December 16 to the 25.

http://www.fisheaters.com/customsadvent8.html

It’s been a long time since I’ve done the SACN–mainly because I lost my copy of the prayer–but I’m glad I found it again. I hope you find it beneficial if you decide to pray it.

 

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Thanksgiving 2014

It’s that time of year again, the time when we take a break from our busy lives and give thanks for everything in our lives. I’ve got some pretty cool stuff to be thankful for this year, like getting to see The Phantom of the Opera in person, building my own violin (an exciting escapade that will have its own post a little later), and, more recently, that I back up my computer files on an external hard drive–I turned my computer on this morning, and my files were gone. Then they came back after I uninstalled my antivirus. Antivirus is back on my computer now; everything is still there, so that’s a crisis I’m thankful is averted. Let this be a lesson to you all–back up your files!

One of the things I am grateful for, today and every day, is that you people out there in the land of memes and GIFs continue to read and subscribe to my blog. It’s a blog about nothing in particular and yet seems to incorporate a little bit of everything. It brings me great pleasure to know that there are people out there who enjoy visiting my little corner of randomness.

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what you’re grateful for at Thanksgiving. To help with that, I turn to the fine people at Blimey Cow.

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Promo Pics for the “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” Christmas Specials

Normally I’m a stickler for not celebrating Christmas until we’re closer to the actual holiday, but this is cause for celebration–we have promo pictures for the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special and the 2015 Sherlock Christmas special. Well, maybe celebrating the Sherlock special is a bit premature since the powers-that-be have said it might not actually air at Christmas, but, hey, Sherlock is Sherlock.

First up we have the Doctor Who Christmas special. The title is “Last Christmas”, which, of course, is leading to wild speculation as to whether or not Jenna Coleman is returning in season 9.

The Doctor, Clara, and Santa Claus in

We also have a clip that was released during the Children in Need charity special:

Now, as for Sherlock–we have no title and no real guarantee that it will actually air on Christmas Day 2015, but we have this:

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Victorian-era Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Watsonstache lives again! Also, I am getting serious Jeremy Brett vibes from this picture. Who cares how they end up in the Victorian era; we just know it’s happening!

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Doctor Who Day!

Doctor Who turns 51 today! Can you believe it’s been one year since this?

And the show continues to go strong, with Peter Capaldi knocking it out of the park in the lead role and Jenna Coleman really getting a chance to shine as Clara this past season. What will the next year bring? Only time will tell–but if time is any indication, it will continue to be extraordinary.

Happy birthday, Doctor.

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