It's Advent, the beginning of the new year for Christians around the world. Phillip recommends this short article by Tish Harrison Warren for learning how the season might not mean what you think it means.
He'll also gladly take this opportunity to share his top five December albums:
Snow Angels (Over the Rhine) – No one does "reality Christmas music" like Karen and Linford.
Christmastide (Jessye Norman) – The legendary dramatic soprano from Georgia belts essential carols backed by full orchestra and multiple choirs. There's no better "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" on offer.
The Light Came Down (Josh Garrels) – A tapestry of folk, gospel, medieval hymnody, the Sanctus, and even an obscure fifteenth-century carol. The more you listen, the better it gets.
Behold the Lamb of God (Andrew Peterson) – The twentieth anniversary re-recording of AP's narrative folk classic in which we learn of "the power of death undone by an infant born of glory."
Messiah (John Eliot Gardiner, et al.) – Swift, clean, and blessedly intelligible. Not your grandmother's Handel.