Holidays

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows Music by Eric Pazdziora, 2016 Text by G. K. Chesterton, from Poems, 1916. Premiered September 9, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, NextNOW Fest / TEMPO New Music Vivian Wang, soprano Sarah Best, mezzo-soprano Jonathan Clancy, percussion   Program Notes “A Child of the Snows” was written by […]

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was the Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations by Eric Pazdziora Here is a brand-new album of Christmas piano improvisations, Half-Spent Was The Night, which I recorded this week. It started as a small side project and quickly became something that I thought other people might enjoy as well. I improvised solo piano arrangements of fifteen traditional […]

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

It’s now officially the time of year — i.e., Christmas —  when people find my website by searching for such unlikely things as “Is Christmas Pagan?” and “The True Meaning of Christmas Trees” and “Tacky Nativity Scenes” and, of course, “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella). Ah, the joys of being an unsystematic theology […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Hey, everybody! It’s the last day of Kistchmas, so let’s play Holiday Mashup! Here’s how it works: You take the Nativity story and something else that’s nothing at all like the Nativity story, and you put them together and see what you get! Ready? Go!   The prophets fortell the chosen one Who makes my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]