I have to admit I'm getting a little Christmas sick. You know how you feel when you've had too much cake and get sugar sick? After reading around the blogosphere today I came away not sugar sick, but Christmas sick :-( I mean, I love Christmas, but I guess you can have too much of a good thing. Reading about everyone's traditions and seeing endless recipes, gift ideas, discussions of movies, give aways, etc etc has left me wanting to run away and curl up with a good book.
While I was reading blogs I did find a bunch of neat stuff I wanted to share, but then I changed my mind and decided I'd rather appreciate winter, snow, the cold, Winter Solstice, Yuletide, or anything other than Christmas. That's when I remembered King Wenceslas and the Feast of Stephen and I got curious. By the way I've never read the Wenceslas book pictured up there on the left, but I LOVE the illustration on the cover. Since I'm not writing a gift guide today, don't put it on your list! Maybe you could check your local library for a copy though and read it to your kids.
Herewith some learning links, information and activities related to King Wenceslas/Wenceslaus and St Stephen:
- The words to Good King Wenceslas and sheet music dating from 1871 at Hymns and Carols.
- I found several good sites with biographical information on the history and true story of King Wenceslas. Take a look at Gospel.com, Wenceslas.co.uk, Suite 101, and Orthodox America.
- A Czech Republic blogger on King W and a Squidoo site on King W.
- St Stephen's Day is usually celebrated on December 26th. Get more information on St Stephen's Day at Wikipedia, or read about how it is celebrated in Ireland.
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