Attic Diving and The Coventry Carol

Some of the houses around here have had their tree up for three weeks already so I thought I should at least try to track down some of our Christmas decorations. Easier said than done because of course if everything had gone to plan we would have moved house by now, so I didn’t put the boxes where I could get at them easily in the attic, then I put a lot more boxes in front of them as I’ve been trying to declutter prior to putting the house up for sale. I really should bite the bullet and get rid of things.

So it took me the best part of the day to locate everything, in fact some stuff is still missing but it’ll just have to be. I couldn’t feel less Christmassy, but that’s about normal for me at this time of the year, at some point the whole spirit of the thing might appear, hopefully around about the winter solstice on the 21st. I’m more of a Celtic pagan than anything but I do love Christmas carols. Do you know the Coventry Carol? I think the tune is beautiful but melancholic but it matches the words well. Who knows, by the time we get close to the 25th I might be feeling in the mood for Deck the Halls. I might require some spirit of an entirely different sort mind you!

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

8 thoughts on “Attic Diving and The Coventry Carol

  1. I’m quite a humbug myself. I just keep telling myself ‘wait for it, wait for it’ right now I don’t think it’s going to show up this year though:(
    Beautiful song and voices!

    • Peggy Ann,
      Well you never know, something might just click and you feel festive all of a sudden, but I know it’s a difficult time for you at the moment, with your mom.

  2. I have no religious affiliation but I grew up Methodist in the deep South and I love Christmas carols. All Christmas music really, but especially carols.

  3. I’m a firm believer in the ‘fake it til you make it’ school of thought. Works for me. It’s been harder since losing my Dad (the soul of Christmas in our family) and my sister (its heart). But letting it get me down is a disservice to their memory. So I put on my Christmas playlist (a very eclectic 13+ hours ranging from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols to Dean Martin to TransSiberian Orchestra!) and let it wash over me til I’m feeling the spirit. Helps.

    And how can you be gloomy grinch listening to the Nutcracker? That’s thirty kinds of lovely!

    • Pearl,
      We never did much at Christmas when I was wee because my mother’s father had died on Christmas Day 1961 I think. I could never understand her attitude, after all he was dead all year round, I don’t think he would have wanted his grandkids to be miserable at Christmas. I’ll be digging out the carol cds soon and looking forward to the family coming, what more could you want!

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