With Christmas approaching fast now, I’d like to wish all readers of The Shakespeare blog a very happy festive season. I hope it will be everything you could wish for, and more.
To maintain the usual Shakespeare theme, here are some Shakespearean Christmas carols posted in 2014 by the folk who go under the name of Good Tickle Brain. As ever, the words are amusing and the cartoons clever. I’ve included the illustration of one of them but do go to the site to see the others.
The weather forecast is for a mild Christmas, and in Stratford-upon-Avon recently I’ve spotted daffodils and roses in bloom, and heard birds singing as if it’s spring: I’m sure you know those lines spoken by Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, about how everything has its proper time:
why should proud summer boast
Before the birds have any cause to sing?
Why should I joy in any abortive birth?
At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows.
Maybe we’ll get snow next May. Whatever the weather, have a very Happy Christmas!