Drive the Cold Winter Away

All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
as well for the poor as the peer!

Good fortune attend each merry man's friend,
That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbors together do meet

To sit by the fire, in friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;

Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;

The old and the young doth carol and song
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmas' tide comes in like a bride,
With holly and ivy clad,

Twelve days of the year much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had;

The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play,
Whereat the young men do the best that they can
To drive the cold winter away.

When white-bearded frost hath threatened his worse,
And fallen from branch and briar,

Then time calls away from husbandry halls
And from the good countryman's fire,

Together to go, to plough and to sow
To get us both food and array,
And thus will content the time we have spent
To drive the cold winter away.

Photos were taken last Saturday when Felicity, Colette, and I attended Old Sturbridge Village's "Christmas by Candlelight" program.  A lovely evening!


  1. I would LOVE to be able to attend this! How wonderful! Blessings!

  2. How beautiful Kate and I wish you had told me , I would have gone and met you...I live close by:-)

  3. That would've been fun, Suzanne! Have you been to the program before? We go every year. LOVE it! Maybe next year?


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