Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

All Green Things


“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in his name, let us remember that he has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans – and all that lives and moves upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused – and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us himself.” – Sigrid Undset, Christmas and Twelfth Night (1934)

(Undset won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928 for her epic medieval novels including Kristin Lavransdatter).

Merry Christmas, Bacon friends! Xoxo

Here’s a beautiful rendition of the Wexford Carol featuring Alison Krauss and Yo Yo Ma…


  1. Exactly what I needed this Christmas morning. Thank you, Jennifer.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Jennifer. Merry Christmas!

  3. Such a beautiful reminder! Merry Christmas, Jennifer, to you and your family!

  4. Beautiful. And here’s to less quarreling and misuse and more blossoms and fruit in 2023! Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas, Jennifer.

  6. When daughter Eleanor was, maybe, eight, she found somewhere and copied this beautiful piece onto a sheet of notebook paper, decorating it as an eight year old artist might, and gave it to her mother and me for Christmas. Every Christmas now, for roughly a half century, it comes out and gets carefully taped to a library shelf. It says it all.

    Wishing your readers and YOU a blessed Christmas.

  7. Merry Christmas to you and yours Jennifer!

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