We heard the hymn.

I haven’t baked much yet this Christmas. I may start in a few days, to prepare for a couple of events coming up. I made two of my traditional treats for the cookie platter: Ginger Spice Cookies in a gluten-free version and Cranberry Jellies.

The one new kind I tried so far is from Dorie Greenspan’s book: Double Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies. Here are the last of those, in the cookie tin, at right. They are buttery and chocolaty, but I don’t think I will make them again. I did buy five kinds of Christmas cookies from Trader Joe’s, so we didn’t suffer.

Here are a few scenes from the last busy days:

I also want to share this poem again,  a song from Canada called “The Huron Carol.” Here is a video version of it sung by Tom Jackson.


’Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled,
That Mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead.
Before their light the stars grew dim, and wand’ring hunters heard the hymn:
Jesus, your King, is born;
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria!

Within a lodge of broken bark the tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped His beauty round.
And as the hunter braves drew nigh, the angels’ song rang loud and high:
Jesus, your King, is born;
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria!

The earliest moon of winter is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there.
And chiefs from far before Him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt:
Jesus, your King, is born;
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria!

O children of the forest free, O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heav’n is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy, who brings you beauty, peace, and joy:
Jesus, your King, is born;
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria!

~ Jean de Brébeuf, S.J. (1593-1649)

My grandson Pat and his wife came on Christmas Eve to hike and feast and play games with us for most of the day. This morning Soldier and Joy’s family came to church with me and that was lovely; we came home and had a lovely festal brunch before opening gifts. Christmas Day always surprises me, as the last few days of Advent are like being on a train that speeds up just before getting to the station.

Thank you for your Christmas greetings to me! If you are kneeling before the radiant Boy just now, I’m right there with you. Christ is born!

7 thoughts on “We heard the hymn.

  1. What a wonderful post. I swear I recognize that tablecloth, and I love the snowflakes. I came so close to re-posting this same hymn this year. I see a couple of the images have disappeared, but there might be some details in this old post that you’ll enjoy. One of my favorite bits of advice from the good father is “Don’t carry sand into the canoe!”


    1. Oh, Linda, thank you for linking to that post of yours. It was posted on a travel day for me, the year when I was away for eight weeks, and I probably did miss it completely. I don’t remember reading it. My own original posting of the carol was a passing-on of Mary’s blog post, and this time I took out all the interesting details of the sort you included.

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  2. Your sharing about your home and family give me feelings of peace and joy. I’m kneeling before the radiant Christ Child with you. Happy Christmas to you and your family.❤️


  3. What a beautiful hymn! Thanks for the link; the video is lovely & so different from the landscape and animals here. Christmas Day was just over 30 C but it’s cooled down since & we’re having a cooler summer than normal so far. All the best for 2022, Gretchen!


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