It’s snowing today. It was 50 degrees at 9:30 am on Sunday. By night, the wind chill was -20. Tuesday it started snowing. It’s supposed to snow all day. By my count, it’s the 3rd snowfall in the last 2 weeks. All of this wintry weather reminds me of the song, “In the Bleak Midwinter”.
in the bleak midwinter frosty wind made moan
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone
snow had fallen snow on snow; snow on snow
in the bleak midwinter long ago.
I’m a fan of Christina Rossetti’s texts, as well as Gustav Holst’s hymn tunes. However, this is just one of many unintentionally nefarious Christmas songs that cause me to ask lots of questions.
Was Jesus really born in the winter time?
Why was it such a bleak time of year?
Did it snow in Bethlehem? Was the ground frozen?
Maybe global warming really has taken over the West Bank. (Temps in Bethlehem are in the mid-60’s for this week and next.) If it was so cold, why were the shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night?
I’m so confused!