I wish every one of my readers the very best of the Christmas season when it starts tomorrow.
Enjoy yourself, but remember, all things in moderation (that’s especially for you Alex!)
It is a pleasure and a privilege to see so many people reading the blog, and I am delighted to see so many contributing too, with comments and posts.
I will be blogging over the holidays and have various things half-written or planned, which might end up as posts. Some, or indeed all, of them might be of no interest to my readers – but they are of interest to me as the writer, so they will be here.
- Some thoughts on the American Constitution, the Right to Bear Arms and the most recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Second Amendment
- The Protest for Justice campaign by Scottish solicitors against the most recent Legal Aid changes
- The “Not Proven” Verdict, Corroboration, Double Jeopardy and other Attacks on the Scottish Criminal Justice System
- Lord McAlpine’s Twitter Litigation – Could It Happen in Scotland?
- A Recent Corporate Insolvency Where Lord Hodge Criticised the Insolvency Practitioner (and no – it is NOT Duff & Phelps)
- Some More Thoughts on Free Speech
- Jerry Rice and Dan Marino (My favourite American Football players)
- the New York Yankees (My favourite baseball team)
and maybe there is a possibility that I might find something to comment on from an Ibrox direction too! (Of course, as a PLC CEO, Mr Green requires to exercise restraint in public statements to avoid accusations of releasing market sensitive info inappropriately – though that is an error into which I am sure he would never fall).
So I will leave this post with a picture of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
and with the words of my favourite Christmas Carols
Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.
He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.
And through all His wondrous childhood
He would honor and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.
For he is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us He grew;
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew;
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.
And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him; but in heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.
Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte, Regem Angelorum;
Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
gestant puellae viscera.
Deum verum, genitum non factum; (refrain)
Cantet nunc io chorus Angelorum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Ergo qui natus, die hodierna,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria.
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum;
En grege relicto, Humiles ad cunas,
vocati pastores approperant.
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus;
Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum,
velatum sub carne videbimus.
Deum infantem, pannis involutum;
Pro nobis egenum et foeno cubantem,
piis foveamus amplexibus.
Sic nos anamtem quis non redamaret?
Stella duce, Magi, Christum adorantes,
aurum, thus, et myrrham dant munera.
Jesu infanti corda praebeamus;
Posted by Paul McConville