Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Friday, December 28, 2007
Feast of the Holy Innocents, anciently called Childermass.

Christmas is a season in which joy and grief are mixed. It's not like Lent/Easter, where mourning gives way to rejoicing: they're on both sides of the seasonal dividing line. Advent contains Gaudete Sunday, and Christmastide contains numerous martyrs' feasts, including this one, so integrally linked to the Nativity itself. Even secularly speaking, so much of our merrymaking masks -- just barely, and sometimes not at all -- an undercurrent of anxiety. But cheer up -- Christ is born.