No easily-accessible internet service for the last week has attributed to the silence here. But now I want to share one of my favourite readings of the season. Thanks to aunts and uncles with good music taste, I grew up listening to “Christmas in Velvet.” I still love the swoopy, vibrant arrangments. Every time I hear “What A Merry Christmas Party!” I want to grin like a child. This is the very effective reading they include with “The First Noel.” It takes great poetic license, and I love it.
Back in the throne room of heaven plans were being made to announce the birth of God’s son. Michael the archangel had just finished describing his display of heavenly comets and falling stars. Gabriel went on with his musical plans, a great angelic choir of tens of thousands of voices tuned with heaven’s finest and latest harmonies, ready to serenade the earth.
God interrupted the conversation. “No,” He said, “That’s not really what I had in mind. I planned a small gathering in Bethlehem, actually. We don’t need all the trimmings.”
“But, oh, my stars!” said Michael. “What will I do with them?”
“And my music?” Gabriel added.
Just then, Jesus stepped through the pearly gates and out onto the red carpet of Time. He started down the stairway of stars.
Michael pled, “Father, let us do something! He can’t go unannounced!”
“Well, alright,” God said. “Gabriel: a few angels. Michael: just…one star.”
–source unknown, narrated in “Christmas in Velvet” by Derrik Johnson and The Regeneration