Well, it’s that time of the year again, the time when we bid adieu to the old year and open welcoming arms to the new one. I hope people didn’t have too terrible of a year–and if you did, well, chances are it will get better in 2014. No, really, I’ve seen it happen before.
Okay, I’m going to stop attempting to be encouraging and just post my video of “Now and for Always” from The Lord of the Rings Musical. The world tour is happening in 2015, so I’m hoping it will come to my area at some point.
I’ll be seeing you all next year…and I’d just like to thank everyone who began following my blog this year. I was stunned to see how many of you started following my blog, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my posts.
And finally, as a Public Service Announcement for any Catholics who might be reading this, tomorrow is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God and a Holy Day of Obligation, so get thee to a Mass.
I’m really not sure how to put my thoughts on the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special into words–there was just something very special about it. We were sad, of course, to bid Eleven farewell, but at the same time Twelve had me smiling as soon as he started complaining about the color of his kidneys.
It was nice to have so many plot threads tied up at the end (although some of the tying seemed a bit slapdash), and knowing more about Gallifrey’s current location certainly adds a new level of intrigue to Doctor Who‘s subsequent seasons. But it was sad, too, to watch as the Doctor declined in his old age. Even when the regeneration energy made him young again, it was bittersweet to hear his farewell speech.
All things considered, though, I handled this transition better than David Tennant’s departure in 2010. In fact, I’m actually looking forward to Peter Capaldi’s performance as the Doctor.
Well, Christmas is tomorrow, and I just wanted to take the time to give all of you my warmest wishes for tomorrow’s holiday. As an extra treat, I’m including a video of American violinist Lindsey Stirling’s beautiful rendition of “What Child is This?”, one of my favorite Christmas carols. I almost did a violin recording of this myself, but I still have trouble hitting a couple of the notes right, so I figured I’d share a recording of someone who knows what she’s doing.
Christus natus est! Glorificate Eum!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
I survived another year of National Blog Post Writing Month! There were a couple of close calls throughout the month, but I still managed to deliver. So if you don’t see any posts from me for awhile, it’s because my brain is recovering.
Today is also the First Sunday of Advent.
Sherlockians, rejoice! We can now confirm dates for the long-awaited broadcast of season 3! The first episode, “The Empty Hearse”, premieres on January 1 on BBC1 in the UK and January 19 on PBS is the US. This is momentous news because this time there will not be any insanely long waits for the US fans; we get the new season in the same month! Finally we’ll know how he survived his fall!
Boy, we get a Doctor Who regeneration at Christmas and a brand new Sherlock episode a week later! This is fantastic!
…Although I don’t know why we get so excited over this because we’re only getting three episodes again.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, the mad rush of Christmas preparations is set to begin–okay, in some places it’s already begun. For what it’s worth, I’m going to ask people to please be less nutsy this year! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more aware of how Christmas ads keeping popping up further and further away from Christmas itself–seriously, I was seeing Christmas ads two weeks before Halloween this year! Does anyone even start their Christmas shopping that early!? (If they start showing up in September, I’m absconding to one of those furnished caves in Arizona.) But even if no one actually starts shopping that early, it’s at least getting them into a frenzied buying mindset.
I guess what I’m trying to say is stop trying to celebrate Christmas so early! It gets here when it gets here, but rushing into it can make us less appreciative of the other holidays.
It’s Thanksgiving once again, that wonderful time of year when we all take time out from your lives to be grateful for everything we have. It would be even more wonderful if I hadn’t started seeing Christmas commercials two weeks before Halloween, but that’s another story.
As I said last year, you don’t just have to be grateful for the big things–it seems that every year people talk about how their thankful for God, friends, family, good food, good housing, etc. Don’t get me wrong; those are all super-important things to be thankful for, but just don’t forget about the little things as well, things like favorite TV shows or good times with friends. For example, I’m thankful I had the chance to watch “The Day of the Doctor” in a theater with my friends, for discovering the musical likes of Gregorian and Lindsey Stirling, for having an opportunity to learn the violin, and for falling in love with Redwall all over again over the summer.
So give thanks for everything today! Just don’t forget the small stuff.