‘Tis the time of Yuletide Glee! This is also the song of the day.

This is a nice madrigal, said to have been written by Thomas Morley, the main man of madrigals, in the 16th century. However, the lyrics make this implausible:

‘Tis the time of Yuletide glee, all the world should joyful be
Let us sing right merrily.
Though the frost may chill the ground, and the snow lie all around
Let your song most mirthful sound.

Be ye then cheery, no man be dreary, let none be weary,
This day should joyful be,
‘Tis the time of Yuletide glee.

There are carols in the air happy music everywhere
Bidding us to banish care.
From the houses all alight shine the Christmas trees this night
And the world is all aright.

Be ye then cheery, no man be dreary, let none be weary,
This day should joyful be,
‘Tis the time of Yuletide glee.

There were no Christmas trees in England in the 16th centry, since the were introduced by Queen Victoria as a loving tribute to her Albert, or perhaps the other way round. In any case, they were a German custom unknown in England at that time. So the words have changed since Morley wrote it, or he didn’t write it, or perhaps “Christmas trees” had some other meaning in those days.

No matter. Tis the time of yuletide glee and there’s no reason for us to be troubled by these little things. I have already baked some cookies this morning. In fact, I have already burned some cookies this morning. I think I should dress and shower and have breakfast and otherwise wake up properly so I won’t burn any more.

I plan a domestic day today, with just a few hours of work and much celebration. That’s the plan. and here’s a hat I made for #1 daughter.