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Saturday, December 22, 2007

'Twas In The Moon of Winter Time

In honour of my Solstice Birthday today, Dec. 22nd, I'm posting my favourite carol! I love pictures of the moon and deer. The bottom two I took outside my door.






The Huron Carol ('Twas In The Moon of Winter Time)


'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering hunters heard the hymn,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.


Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found;
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round
But as the hunter braves drew nigh the angel song rang loud and high
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.


The earliest moon of wintertime is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free, O seed of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy who brings you beauty peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.


Words: Jean de Brebeuf, ca. 1643; trans by Jesse Edgar Middleton, 1926
Music: French Canadian melody (tune name: Jesous Ahatonhia)




For several years when I taught Gr. 3 Native Peoples of Canada and Pioneers, we would enact this carol for the concert. We got away with the religious content because it was related to curriculum. Everyone, imcluding myself, would dress as pioneers or natives of The Huron Tribe and sing this as some children moved on the stage. We had a giant silver foil moon and four blue floodlights focused on the whole scene. The kids thought it was cool, especially when the electric guitar solo twanged. They all sang their hearts out and were really "in role".


It was eerily beautiful, and to this day it is my absolute favourite carol.






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24 Comments:

Blogger Pauline said...

Happy Christmas, and a merry birthday, MOI!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

 
OpenID Coll said...

Happy Happy Birthday. :-)

I am a big fan of The Huron Carol. Seeing the concert by Tom Jackson every year used to be one of our seasonal highlights. Sadly this particular concert has retired... but I still love the song.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

 
Blogger Maddy said...

Very apt and quite lovely. Thank you.
Cheers

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

 
Blogger Bobbie said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, and wishes for a Merry Christmas full of joy, peace and wonderfully special times.

Beautiful pictures and a lovely post!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

 
Blogger Stephen Newton said...

Happy Birthday, Mother. And I hope you have a wonderful Christmas...with brand new knees under the tree.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Blogger Akelamalu said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY albeit late, sorry.

I've never heard this carol before - it's beautiful!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, may it be everything you're hoping for. x

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Anonymous RennyBA said...

Dear Solstice born child: you know I love the same - everything about the nature and the winterly views at Yuletide - thanks for sharing, your pics where great.

Wishing you A Wonderful Yuletide :-)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Pauline: Thanks so much. You too!

Coll: Oh, you got to see that concert?!! Wonder why they retired that event?

Maddy: Thanks...you really have to hear it and I don't know how to upload songs!

Bobby: Same to you and thanks for the visit!

Stephen: AH! Yes, I'm asking for those! Thanks!

Akelamalu: Thanks! I wish you could hear it. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too.

Renny: Thanks so much Solstice Kindred Spirit from Norway! Wishing you the same and burn that Yule log!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Blogger red dirt scribbler said...

happy birthday, solstice baby!!! and you posted MY favorite christmas carol of all time, too!! I remember singing this one in choir waaayyy back wwwwhhheeeennn!!!

much love and happiness in your new year!
xxx
rdg

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Blogger Lynette said...

Happy Birthday MOI and I love the carol and the photos of the deer and moon! I hope you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Blogger Bob said...

Happy Birthday! I hope there was much partying and general hedonism to be had.

I'm glad things are progressing with your health (knees) and hearth (three-sided fireplace? wow.) and that you and yours will have a Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

 
Blogger Gattina said...

I just pop in to wish you a Merry Christmas !

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

A very, very happy birthday and all the best for a Christmas filled with love, laughter, joy and good cheer.

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Wishing you ALL the Joys of The Season, my dear!
I hope your Christmas is a splendid one! And may all your dreams come true!

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger storyteller said...

Belated birthday wished from this bleary-eyed blogger. I discovered this carol while teaching 3rd grade more than 3 decades ago and love it still. As always, the photos are perfect! Early this morning while walking westward with the rising sun at my back I saw before me such a full moon just above the trees in the distance ... tried to take pictures and if they turn out will post them, but don't hold your breath.

I wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year.
Hugs and blessings,

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger urban-urchin said...

it is a beautiful carol. have a blessed christmas and yes belated birthday.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger GrizzBabe said...

You have the same birthday as my boyfriend!

Your birthday is also the same day as Global Orgasm Day. For world peace, of course.

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger GrizzBabe said...

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger red dirt scribbler said...

merry christmas, MoI girlfriend!

xxx
red

Monday, December 24, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

RDG: Ha! We're on the same wavelength! Thanks, babe!

Lynette: Thanks! I knew you'd love the painting!

Bob:Thanks so much! It was great! I'm so glad you're home for the big day and can eat turkey!!

Gattina: Thanks very much! have fun on the holidays!

Absolute Vanilla: Thank you! You too!

Old Old Lady: Thanks for the good wishes!

Storyteller: Ah, then you understand exactly what the feeling is! Thanks so much.

Urban Urchin: Thanks for all this. (I put the e-mail on..had forgotten it was off!)Sure is a tricky thing that thyroid.

Grizz: HA! Fun birthday! I wondered what all the shaking was but knew it couldn't be an easrthquake! Thanks!

RDG: HEY! You too way down there!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

 
Blogger mystic rose said...

beautiful pictures!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

 
Blogger GEWELS said...

Rats! I missed your birthday- I hope it was happy.

Lovely song and I loved your description of acting it out with the kids.

christmas night the moon was absolutely magnificent!

Happy New Year!!!
Hugs,
Gewels

Friday, December 28, 2007

 
Blogger Richard said...

Happy belated Birthday!

Friday, December 28, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Mystic: Thanks! I love the moon.

Gewels: Thanks! That's okay and it was a great birthday spent with friends out to dinner.
Yes, the moon was really neat that night!

Richard: Thanks! I never really notice my birthday much until it's over anyway...it's too close to the scurrying at Christmas.

Friday, December 28, 2007

 

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