The Season after Pentecost
sometimes called "Ordinary Time"
This Christmas, for most of the U.S. (and it sounds like most of Europe as well), it was absurd to be singing about snow. There was a high temperature of nearly 70˚F in New York City! The climate is changing, and so let's focus for a moment on those carols that are particularly well-suited to warming weather.
Now, some carols we could stand a bit more of:
Sed Angli points out that Wells Cathedral sang this carol twice on Christmas Day. They're on the right track! (Let's just agree to call it "I saw six ships").
The close flower contenders: One might be tempted by "Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming", but with the line "amid the cold of winter" the effect is lost. "A tender shoot" suffers from the same problem ("cold bleak winter"). And, heartbreakingly, "A spotless rose" is out ("amid the winter cold" -- twice!). We get it! It's amazing when flowers bloom in the cold. Well, guess what? It's not so amazing any more - BECAUSE IT'S NOT COLD AND IT NEVER WILL BE AGAIN! Where did that White Witch of Narnia go when you need her?
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