This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.
Wonder and worship are perhaps the words most associated with Christmas. Wonder in the sense of wonderful, not meant sarcastically but innocently, leads people to worship. The magi from Letter M had come to worship the new-born king. Children learn the Christmas carol, We three kings of orient are, with its chorus: Star of wonder, star of light and it is part of many Nativity plays.
There are many Christmas carols with the word wonder. As a member of a Church choir and another choir which has included a concert of Christmas songs and carols in its annual activities, I am familiar with many carols.
I wonder as I wander and No small wonder* are two with the word wonder in the title. The Incarnation is something to wonder about and marvel at.
*The words are below the video.
While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4
Maiden Voyages: Women and the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel caught my eye in the library. I had already renewed it once before I began reading it, but once I began it I was hooked.
Siân Evans has done a huge amount of research to discover the stories of many women in the 20th century, who worked or travelled on transatlantic ships. Some of the stories are tragic; others have surprising outcomes in the way they have affected history.
While I was reading Maiden Voyages we heard the news of the P&O Ferries’ redundancies. This was another example of how badly seafarers have been treated historically. In the past there were no laws to protect workers. Now there is no excuse.
Before I had finished reading Maiden Voyages hubby began reading it. He is also finding it extremely interesting.
The strapline on American editions of this book is Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women who Traveled and Worked aboard them.
Please note: For the month of April Sue’s Trifles will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. There will be themed posts every day except Sunday. Read more about my A to Z Challenge 2022.
In my A to Z posts for 2020 I looked at the Easter story, which was appropriate for the time of year. Easter was midway through April that year.
This year my posts are not synced with the season as I have decided to look at the Christmas story. Unlike Easter, which is a movable feast and can fall in March or April depending on the cycles of the moon, Christmas Day is always 25th December.
Many writers find themselves writing about events at other times of the year due to the lead time required for publication. Blogging is different, although for a project like this I usually prepare my posts well in advance. Although I began preparing before Christmas 2021, writing in the relevant seasons, these posts will appear in a different season from the subject-matter.
I am writing for people of any faith or none to explain what the Christian festival of Christmas is all about. I hope you will find this interesting whether you know everything or hardly anything about Christmas.
Christianity is a faith, not a philosophy. Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.