Io Saturnalia

I like my Christmas carols in Latin or at least the original language rather than the gospel style favoured by Sinc. Here are two of my favourites so Merry Christmas or in my time io Saturnalia (unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip of an Ancient Roman carol). And of course it is also time to remember the great Luciano Pavarotti.



About Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

I'm a retired general who occasionally gets called back to save the republic before returning to my plough.
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19 Responses to Io Saturnalia

  1. Mak Siccar

    Thanks for these and Merry Christmas LQC.

  2. You’re two days late for Saturnalia.

  3. Diogenes

    And a happy yule to all ! Although I suppose here it should be Midsummer / Litha

  4. A Lurker

    Not in Latin, but this is my go-to Christmas song.

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The turkey is in the oven, there’s pork to go on the fork, and the ham is arriving soon, done by a friend who knows how to properly glaze them. Vegies are ready to go and a sensible gravy maker will arrive in time for my lumpy efforts (as in years past) to not be required. Our big dining table is set for ten and two smaller ones in an adjoining room are set for five each. Place cards are being done now according to a plan worked out last night with Hairy – who is talking to whom with no worries, and who should talk to whom and get over their previous spats, so we’ll throw them together. Our home looks like a boutique restaurant and I am glad we are indoors as it is cold and blustering in Sydney. The harbor thus present as a dull steel grey but no matter, because the house is lit up like … like Christmas!

    Good cheer to all Cats, Eat plenty, raise a glass, and thank your lucky stars for whatever good has ever come your way. Tis the season to be grateful as well as merry, but that done, let the merriment take over. Thank you to Sinc and the team of posters who keep us entertained and informed as we comment, and sometimes squabble, to our heart’s content on this great and friendly site.

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Forgot to mention there is also a little table for three very small people, who will wander around anyway. We have put most of the kids and teens in the bigger room where wandering is easier. Shame that the weather isn’t conducive to swimming; we were rather counting on that to keep kids and teens busy. Global warming bothering us again with inexplicable coolth; the rellies in the UK and Ireland and close friends in Europe, who usually all ring in later, expect us to all be boiling hot and at the beach during our Aussie Christmas.

  7. Thank you Lizzie for that wonderful word picture of your family Christmas. Can picture it clearly. This is what Christmas is all about.

    We have returned to our Sydney abode for Christmas, trusting that the cows will be ok now that we have had some rain. Just returned from beautiful Balmoral beach where we always meet friends on Christmas morning for a glass of champers & a friend’s traditional egg & bacon pie. About 20 of us raising our glasses to friendship in these troubled times. As Lizzie has said, the harbour city is grey but plenty still braving the cool to have a dip. Under one of the huge harbour side figs a family of Pacific Islanders are slowly waking up – having stayed overnight to bag a prime position. Ah multiculturalism! Still – last year I chatted with a similar group who gave me special holy blessings for Christmas. Again – what Christmas is really about.

  8. Infidel Tiger

    Happy Christmas, Lucius.

    Good tidings and felicitations of the season to all.

  9. mizaris

    A Happy and Holy CHRISTmas to all Cats and Kittys.

    What a thoroughly entertaining year it has been here, hope for the same, or more, for 2018.


  10. Bad Samaritan

    Forget this maudlin virtue-signalling. Who’s been following my Nigerian Princes’ advice to send all your worthless fiat currency over to Lagos so’s they can load you up with the local Bitcoin?

    I’ve just opened a pack of the Golden Choco-Coin Cryptos they sent me and am stringing them together to wear as a Christmas Blockchain around my neck whilsy boozing on with the rellies this arvo.

    “Albatrosses” they’re called. Get ’em while they’re cheap I tell’s ya! Merry Xmas y’all.

  11. Megan

    If you hate organ music, look away now. On my first long trip away from home, I heard this amazing Noel by Daquin being practiced early on Christmas Eve in a tiny Scottish village church. I play it every Christmas and I am instantly transported back to that moment – the freezing air, the warm lights of the organ loft in the looming dark, the Nativity scene in the front corner and the magnificent sounds of the organ echoing through the empty church.
    It was my one and only white Christmas. The Sicilian Prince finds ice and snow too hard on his mediterranean blood. Typical ethnic diva.

  12. Bad Samaritan

    Please open a non-Christmas thread…’s we can discuss…..

    “Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette and his team sent a research note to clients a few days ago suggesting that the real value of bitcoin might be … $US0.

    That’s zero dollars. (Bitcoin stood at around $US14,400 at the time of writing.)”

    Faucette backed his argument with a chart of online retailers who accept bitcoin, titled “Virtually no acceptance, and shrinking”: was 5 out of 500; is 3 out of 500.

    Get on while you still can Catsters. Only $18,000 OZ for this investment gem.

    Unlike fiat money from Weimar republic days, or Zim Dollars you cannot use bitcoin as wall-paper. But, perhaps a vending machine will give you a can of coke for one sometime in 2018? Or for two?

  13. JohnA

    Unlike fiat money from Weimar republic days, or Zim Dollars you cannot use bitcoin as wall-paper. But, perhaps a vending machine will give you a can of coke for one sometime in 2018? Or for two?

    Hey, Bad Samaritan, maybe you could try them in the Adventure Game vending machine. It is now on the web as the Colossal Cave Adventure.

  14. win

    As Iwatched and listened to the exquisite singing of your video ,superimposed on its pomp and ceremony were the images of the first Christmas Mass in Mosul with its bombed out windows and machine guns guarding the entrance.
    The photos of the people attending the service will live in my memory for ever as Christianity at its most inspirational .

  15. Bad Samaritan

    John A (10.48am) Been out all day, but that’s a great tip so I’m looking into it now.

    My Nigerian Prince intermediaries are now assuring me that virtual Naira (currently about 300 for an Oz Dollar); known as Naira-Coin, or Albatross….is the next big thing. I’m therefore splitting all my outmoded fiat fortune into a mix of Bit and Naira for that CCA Game Vending Machine of yours.

    BTW; I’m no slouch when it comes to being fleeced, old mate. If God didn’t intend for it to happen this way He wouldn’t have made me, and so many others , sheep, would He, eh? Thanks again.

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