The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

November, 2007

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Feast of St. Martin (Martinmass)

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St. Martin's Fast Begins (43 days until Christmas)

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Feast of St. Philip the Apostle (see note)

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St. Philip's Fast Begins (40 days until Christmas)

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Arrival of Sinterklaas: Zie ginds komt de stoomboot

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Orthodox Hymns for Saint Nicholas

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas / Good Saint Nich'las

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Jingle Bells

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I Wonder As I Wander

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Thanksgiving (U.S.): Over the River and Through the Wood - Original Version

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Christmas is Coming / Welcome Yule

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The Holly And The Ivy

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 

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Wake, Awake, For Night Is Flying

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Ding Dong Merrily on High

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Now Blazing Yule Logs

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Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night

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Feast of St. Andrew.
Look How The Moon Shines Through The Trees

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The Every Day Book - William Hone: Advent

Advent - Dom Prosper Guéranger, OSB

John Inglefield's Thanksgiving
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Feast Days In November
November 11: St. Martin of Tours
November 21: Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 November 30: St. Andrew
Advent

These links are to articles in The Catholic Encyclopedia (1911), hosted by New Advent.
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Note:

The references to the beginnings of St. Martin's Fast and St. Philip's Fast mark the beginning of two (of several) Christmas "Lents" and Advent devotions. Currently, Advent Sunday is that Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew, Nov. 30.

St. Martin's Lent has a duration of 43 days, and begins at the conclusion of his feast day (i.e., Nov. 12). In a similar fashion, St. Philip's Fast begins at the conclusion of the his feast (in the Greek Church; in the Roman Church, it is observed on May 3, and is observed on May 1 in some denominations); it marks 40 days until the Feast of the Nativity.

In other traditions, Advent may be five Sundays, five weeks, six Sundays or six weeks. In many traditions, the requirement to observe a fast was, strictly speaking, only required of the clergy; in others, both the clergy and laity were required to fulfill the obligation.

Note: I have edited and will be shortly releasing a volume of poetry dedicated to the Advent. It's title will be "The Bridegroom Cometh." It will be available at  Lulu.com: Douglas Anderson's Christmas Storefront.

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