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Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution

CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and now broadcast on national television every year, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are the UK’s flagship science series.

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December 27, 2020 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Noël Nouvelet

December 14, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Christmas at Sea

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;
The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand;
The wind was a nor’wester, blowing squally off the sea;
And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.

They heard the surf a-roaring before the break of day;
But ’twas only with the peep of light we saw how ill we lay.
We tumbled every hand on deck instanter, with a shout,
And we gave her the maintops’l, and stood by to go about.

All day we tacked and tacked between the South Head and the North;
All day we hauled the frozen sheets, and got no further forth;
All day as cold as charity, in bitter pain and dread,
For very life and nature we tacked from head to head.

We gave the South a wider berth, for there the tide race roared;
But every tack we made we brought the North Head close aboard:
So’s we saw the cliffs and houses, and the breakers running high,
And the coastguard in his garden, with his glass against his eye.

The frost was on the village roofs as white as ocean foam;
The good red fires were burning bright in every ‘long-shore home;
The windows sparkled clear, and the chimneys volleyed out;
And I vow we sniffed the victuals as the vessel went about.

The bells upon the church were rung with a mighty jovial cheer;
For it’s just that I should tell you how (of all days in the year)
This day of our adversity was blessèd Christmas morn,
And the house above the coastguard’s was the house where I was born.

O well I saw the pleasant room, the pleasant faces there,
My mother’s silver spectacles, my father’s silver hair;
And well I saw the firelight, like a flight of homely elves,
Go dancing round the china plates that stand upon the shelves.

And well I knew the talk they had, the talk that was of me,
Of the shadow on the household and the son that went to sea;
And O the wicked fool I seemed, in every kind of way,
To be here and hauling frozen ropes on blessèd Christmas Day.

They lit the high sea-light, and the dark began to fall.
‘All hands to loose top gallant sails,’ I heard the captain call.
‘By the Lord, she’ll never stand it,’ our first mate, Jackson, cried.
… ‘It’s the one way or the other, Mr. Jackson,’ he replied.

She staggered to her bearings, but the sails were new and good,
And the ship smelt up to windward just as though she understood.
As the winter’s day was ending, in the entry of the night,
We cleared the weary headland, and passed below the light.

And they heaved a mighty breath, every soul on board but me,
As they saw her nose again pointing handsome out to sea;
But all that I could think of, in the darkness and the cold,
Was just that I was leaving home and my folks were growing old.

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December 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Christmas Trees

What Christmas Trees Looked Like 100 Years Ago

December 26, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

More Joys for Your Christmas

More joys for your Christmas
Than words can convey,
And then a lot more
For New Year’s Day.

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December 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Noche de Paz

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor.
Entre sus astros que esparcen su luz
Bella anunciando al niñito Jesús
Brilla la estrella de paz
Brilla la estrella de paz

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor
Sólo velan en la oscuridad
Los pastores que en el campo están;
Y la estrella de Belén
Y la estrella de Belén

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor;
sobre el santo niño Jesús
Una estrella esparce su luz,
Brilla sobre el Rey
Brilla sobre el Rey.

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor
Fieles velando allí en Belén
Los pastores, la madre también.
Y la estrella de paz
Y la estrella de paz

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December 24, 2019 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

Christmas: A Story

A Happy and Peaceful Christmas!
By Eleanor Roosevelt

“The times are so serious that even children should be made to understand that there are vital differences in people’s beliefs which lead to differences in behavior.
This little story, I hope, will appeal enough to children so they will read it and as they grow older, they may understand that the love, and peace and gentleness typified by the Christ Child, leads us to a way of life for which we must all strive.”

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December 24, 2019 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Wreath for Christmas

December 23, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

CATALONIA: Caga tió

Caga tió
Caga torró, avellanes i mató
Si no cagues bé
et daré un cop de bastó
Caga tió

.en translation

Poo log
Poo nougat, hazelnuts and mató (cheese)
If you don’t poo well,
I’ll hit you with a stick
Poo log!

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December 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

In the Bleak Midwinter

January 15, 2019 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

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