Christmas

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

A year or two ago at Kitschmastime, inspired by the Crescat, I delved into the world of tacky nativity scenes. I don’t know what I was thinking. But, like all bad ideas whose time has come, it turned out there was far too much material to use in one year. So, speaking of bad ideas, […]

Choral: Away in a Manger

Choral: Away in a Manger

This is a choral arrangement I did for our church a while back. We performed it again this year in our Christmas program, and Jenna recorded this video. Like most live recordings it has a bit of background noise, but I suppose of all the pieces I’ve written, this one goes best with various interjections from […]

"Angels We Have Heard On High" now in print!

“Angels We Have Heard On High” now in print!

Is it too early to think about Christmas? Of course it isn’t. Because I just got a present that I think some of you might want to use for Christmas too: My choral arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High” is now in print and available from GIA Publications! Just got the package of […]

The Savior's Carol (George MacDonald)

The Savior’s Carol (George MacDonald)

“The Savior’s Carol” (SATB + Piano + Cello) Music: Eric M. Pazdziora. Text: George MacDonald. Piano: Ben Lynerd Cello: Clare Rothschild Director: Joan Allison Premiered December 16, 2010, at “Christmas On The Town” – Holy Trinity Church, Chicago IL. Available for: SATB + Piano + Cello SATB + Piano SATB + Harp SATB + Piano […]

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

First published Christmas 2009; newly updated for Quivering Daughters. I think I finally figured out what Christmas trees are really about. A while ago I found a blog article on the subject of our friend Mr. Tannenbaum. Apparently (the author observed) some folks believe that Christmas trees are pagan symbols that the church has adopted […]

Joy to the World (Psalm 98)

Joy to the World (Psalm 98)

“The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom” Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Psalm 98:4-8 One of our best-loved Christmas carols isn’t really about Christmas.(Technically, it isn’t even a carol.) It’s one of a set of paraphrases of the book of psalms, converted into hymn form by the 17th-century “Father of English Hymnody,” Isaac Watts: Joy to the world, the […]

My Favorite Offbeat Christmas Reading

My Favorite Offbeat Christmas Reading

For many of us book lovers, Christmas is a time when we can kick back and enjoy some classic little pieces of literature– A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, A Visit from St. Nicholas, and of course the Nativity stories themselves in Matthew and Luke. When I have time again for leisure reading, […]

Rudolph's Revenge: A Fractured Christmas Fable

Rudolph’s Revenge: A Fractured Christmas Fable

* * * * * * * * “Yes,” my visitor told me, glowering over the steam of his warm Christmas toddy.  “The whole thing was the fault of the reindeer.” “Reindeer?”  I said. “You know: Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donder and Blitzen.  But it’s amazing how many people don’t […]

Tales from the Kitsch: More Tacky (and Creepy!) Nativity Scenes

Tales from the Kitsch: More Tacky (and Creepy!) Nativity Scenes

I told you guys to stop me. You can’t say you weren’t warned this would happen. Ohhhh, man. Emboldened by the Crescat’s contest and your delighted reaction to my previous hilarious tacky nativity scenes, I pushed past my initial fear and kept searching through the dark and terrible world beyond the Kitsch. Now I’ve found it. […]