Riu Riu Chiu

Riu Riu Chiu is a 16th century Spanish Christmas carol I have enjoyed over the years. Its syncopated, dance-feel gets hands and feet tapping! Recently, I was reading the lyrics, and was struck afresh by their power. Protestant readers will have to overlook the Marian theology in the first two verses, but I think any…

Christmas Kick-off

Christmas has officially begun at our house. ┬áMy wife has one rule–not a sprig of holly, a whiff of fir, or a snatch of caroling until after Thanksgiving. ┬áToday being the day after Thanksgiving, we will hearken unto herald angels, deck the aural halls, and dream of a white Christmas until we sleep in the…