When I was a boy I was fascinated by the entry in the calendar that says of December 17 "O Sapientia". No one ever really referred to it or did anything on it.
It was only a dozen or so years later that I found it marked the beginning of the earnest Christmas preparation....and each day has a special song (or antiphon) to sing in Evening Prayer before the Magnificat which is sung (or used to be sung) each day during that service.
Welll....to cut a long story short these begin on December 17 with O Sapientia...O Wisdom and culminate on Christmas Eve with O Emmanuel...for obvious reasons.
So the earnest countdown begins today. The Blessed J who loves (or loveth) to sing plainsong will enjoy singing O Sapientia today so the music is provided.
I wonder what other O's there should be [the traditional ones are powerful see here if you are inclined).
But I think also of:
O Jeff!...who will probably not see another Christmas and who I must see tomorrow.
O Carol!...the carol service tonight needs to come out of my mind and into reality
O Dear!...yes there are still half a dozen presents to buy and I will have to brave O Traffic! and O Parking! at O Westfield!
O misericordiae!...have not yet connected with my confessor
O joy! O rapture! O love unbounded! (G&S fans will understand)...it's is such a hoot of a season. Really fun and really serious.