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Must be all the residue left from Purcell's Christmas anthems. ¬R

After the shepherds washed their socks by night.

Original, Irwell? It gave me a laugh.

Regards,
Chuck Riggs
Near Dublin, Ireland
Not only is God dead, thus ending all hope for ... Depression has put the kibosh on Christmas shopping, 2008 style.

Not in England, it hsan't. The retailers are so panicked that they have reduced prices to an unheard-of extent. The crowds are apparently up about 30% on last year (according to the press - I certainly haven't ventured out to see for myself).

I wish I could say the same about Irish shoppers. Crowds are noticeably down, if not nonexistent in Dublin, I gather from hearsay and news reports. The meat scare, added to the fact a European bailout of the farmer is unlikely after Irish voters gave the Lisbon Treaty the boot and the season could be a merrier one.

Regards,
Chuck Riggs
Near Dublin, Ireland
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After the shepherds washed their socks by night.

Original, Irwell? It gave me a laugh.

You never, know. Irwell might have originated it many many many years ago.

http://www.carols.org.uk/whi1e shepherds watched.htm

The carol While Shepherds Watched dates back to 1703. The words for While shepherds watched were written by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brody. Only the Psalms of David were sung in the Anglican Church prior to that time. The familiar melody used for While Shepherds Watched was taken from "Siroe," an opera by George Frederick Handel. On a lighter note children love to parody the words "While shepherds watched their flocks by night" and replacing them with "While Shepherds wash their socks by night!"

Versions:
http://forums.abrsm.org/lofiversion/index.php/t19812.html

While shepherds washed their socks by night
All seated round the tub,
the angel of the Lord came down
and said "let's have a scrub".
While shephards washed their socks by night
All seated round the tub
A golden bar of soap came down
(or A bar of Sunlight soap came down)
And they began to scrub
http://forums.abrsm.org/lofiversion/index.php/t4057.html

While shepherds cooked their food by night
All seated round the pot
The angel of the Lord came down
And quickly ate the lot
While shepherds watched the box by night
The news on ITV
An angel of the Lord came down
And switched to BBC.
http://www.christianmums.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=3065

While Shepherds washed their socks by night
all seated on the ground
the angel of the Lord came down
and said those socks are mine
Feel free to invent your own.
Found at one of the above URLs:
This is a true story, although I may not have all the details right.

The youth worker at our church in Oxford went on a youth weekend organised by (well, probably for) the then ArchBishop of Canterbury ... George Carey. She told us all about it the following Sunday. At the final service (they'd had a fantastic weekend) there was a liturgy written especially for the occasion with a responsive blessing. The AB would say a line and then it would be repeated back to him. Can you imagine 1,500 young people, responding to the blessing, 'May the joy of the Lord light up your face' .. 'AND UP YOURS!' ?

Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.english.usage)
Not in England, it hsan't. The retailers are so panicked ... - I certainly haven't ventured out to see for myself).

I wish I could say the same about Irish shoppers. Crowds are noticeably down, if not nonexistent in Dublin, I ... farmer is unlikely after Irish voters gave the Lisbon Treaty the boot and the season could be a merrier one.

I've just returned from shopping at Sainsbury's, Lisburn, Northern Ireland (90 miles from Dublin). There were lots of cars with Dublin number plates in the car park.

Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.english.usage)
Peter Duncanson (BrE) wrote, in

I wish I could say the same about Irish shoppers. ... the boot and the season could be a merrier one.

I've just returned from shopping at Sainsbury's, Lisburn, Northern Ireland (90 miles from Dublin). There were lots of cars with Dublin number plates in the car park.

A couple of weeks before your Mr. Darling cut VAT our Mr. Lenehan had put it up! That and the continuing fall of the pound against the Euro has made shopping in the North very attractive. With motorway nearly all the way from Dublin to Newry it is very easy. The pound sterling is now worth less than the old Irish pound will fetch at the Central Bank here if you happen to find one.

Nick Spalding
BrE/IrE
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Reading some blog or other recently, I noted a complaint from a pagan that his ancestors' festival of song, dance, ... the Saturnalia, more power to them, but let's not let them guilt the rest of us out of our fun.

I agree. I'm all in favor of participating in both celebrations.
In the spirit of the season, I wish y'all a joyous celebration of whatever you celebrate.

I, too, hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday season, no matter what holiday or holidays you celebrate.
Bill
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Wassailing away

Wassail away!
Wassail away!
Wassail away to Jesus.
I ain't got long to stay here.

Mike.
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Wassailing away

Wassail away! Wassail away! Wassail away to Jesus. I ain't got long to stay here.

Drinkhail!

Peter Duncanson, UK
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(In sig) Wassail away! Wassail away! Wassail away to Jesus. I ain't got long to stay here.

Drinkhail!

All hail! Actually, I just tuned in to comment that I seem to have got "Steal away to Jesus" mixed up in my head with that odd song, "Sail away", sung by that odd woman, Enya. At the time I was agog for news of her maritime progress between New Delhi and Khartoum if she'd made it, it would certainly have hit the papers.

Mike.
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