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Merry Christmas
24-12-2010, 08:44 PM,
In Sydney we have awoken to a brilliant blue sky and intense sunshine – it promises to be a wonderfully hot and typical Australian Christmas Day! A sharp contrast to the traditional British Christmas.

So from the other side of the world I offer my prayers and best wishes for my brothers and sisters in Britain – may He Who was born on earth at this time bring you joy and peace!

There are, you may be surprised to know, some traditional Australian Christmas carols reflecting our climate. My favourite is this:

The North Wind

The north wind is tossing the leaves
the red dust is over the town
The sparrows are under the eaves
And the grass in the paddock is brown
As we lift up our voices and sing
To the Christ child the heavenly king.

The tree ferns in green gullies sway
the cool stream flows silently by
the joy bells are greeting the day
And the chimes are adrift in the sky
As we lift up our voices and sing
To the Christ child the heavenly king.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find a good recording of it on the web, so I offer another one I particularly like – a sort of Australian equivalent to “We Three Kings” - “The Three Drovers”. An excellent rendition of it can be found at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""> ... re=related</a><!-- m -->

In Xto

Fr Gregory

Messages In This Thread
Merry Christmas - DanielM - 23-12-2010, 11:10 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 23-12-2010, 01:41 PM
[] - Fr Gregory - 24-12-2010, 08:44 PM
[] - vrc - 24-12-2010, 09:01 PM

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