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Christmas pondering, 2015…

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Is this  what Jesus looked like?   We don’t know,  of course,  but a British anatomical artist has taken a reasoned shot at figuring it out.   Jerry Newcombe tries to figure out if Christmas has all the  pagan roots  it is reported to have.   As Kevin Williamson points out,  the  real story  is a very strange tale.   George Weigel looks at  a larger  picture.

Artsy.net examines  Nativity scenes  in art through the years.

How would you like to spend 74 years being asked about  a letter  you wrote as a child?   Virginia O’Hanlon was.   If you’re a fan of the movie  “It’s a Wonderful Life”,  you’ll be interested in the  real man  the character George Bailey is based upon.

Compare this year’s  Christmas address  of His Oneness with  one by Ronald Reagan.   Shocking difference,  isn’t there?

What if Charles Dickens were a Trekkie?   A  stage production  of  “A Klingon Christmas Carol”,  presented in the made-up Klingon language, attempts to answer this question.   You can also  acquire Star  Wars cards for the Christmas season if you’re so inclined.

Back to more serious matters,  Victor Davis Hanson urges us to revive the tradition  of gratitude,  which Cicero viewed as the parent of all other virtues.

Kevin Williamson reminds us that capitalism is the true provider of gifts,   and that  government is  not Santa Claus.

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December 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

Santa Bush, Scrooge Obama…

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For the eight years of his presidency,  the family of George W. Bush never went further than Camp David during the Christmas season,  until the day AFTER Christmas,  thereby allowing Secret Service,  White House staff,  journalists,  and others to spend Christmas Day with their families.

Every year the Obama family jets off to Hawaii well before Christmas,  so Christmas with family and friends is out for many of those people.  The Obamas feel so entitled that they need not be considerate of others,  which is why they are so often late for events.   The Bush family was rarely late for anything at all,  and this is but one example of the consideration  they showed for the people whose lives were affected by their travels.

Class does indeed tell,  and if historians are truthful,  the Obama Administration will be known as one of power and cunning and ruthlessness and corruption,  but utterly bereft of class.

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December 26, 2015 at 11:34 pm

Some Christmas cheer…

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Andrea Shea King provides  some cheer  for us with the world’s largest Christmas stocking,  and some wonderful choir work.

 

 

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December 25, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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Global Christmas 2015…

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Here is what Christmas dinner  looks like  in 13 different countries.   I’d be very happy eating any and all of it!   I’m less enthusiastic about some of these dishes.   Here are some  rather strange  Christmas customs around the world,  though I heartily endorse this  family’s new  tradition.   You may be familiar with some  of these  traditions,  but probably  not this one.   I think I’d be fairly comfortable with  a British  Christmas.

For amusement,  take a gander at these very  odd nativity  sets,  courtesy of Debby Witt at The Corner.   Do you know  where Rudolph  came from,  or when Santa became  associated with  the North Pole?   I just saw the classic Hershey’s Kisses ad,  so I  dug this  up for you.

Did you know there  are monsters  associated with Christmas?   I had heard of Krampus and Frau Perchta,  but none of the others.   Another type of monsters,  the Nazis,  put a  different spin  on Christmas.

If your family is fond of perennial jokes about Aunt Martha’s hard-as-a-brick fruitcake,  these facts  may cause you to have some respect for this ancient treat.   No food?   What about some Christmas  animals and plants?   Poinsettias aren’t  as dangerous  as you you’ve been told,  and mistletoe is  more unsavory  than you know.    The USA isn’t the only country which insists on having  pets join in the festivities.

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December 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

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Grinch at Christmas 2015…

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Someone stole a thousand Christmas  trees from  a Costco.   Chicago’s official Christmas tree in Millennium Park  was vandalized.   Harvard is too busy serving up  social justice  to educate its students.   A Kentucky school district removed  all religious  references  in an elementary production of  “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.   Cornell prohibits  angels and mistletoe.

Here are the  customary warnings  about Yuletide hazards to household pets at this time of year.   One Santa  was very  disobliging.   Somalia has banned  Christmas altogether,  along with New Year’s celebrations.

Bethlehem,  NY did  not install  its traditional  “Merry Christmas” sign this year.   The seasonal songs we’ve all long enjoyed  are offensive,  don’t you know.   The Washington Post  frets that  commercialism has devoured Christmas,  as if those grinches care about a Christian holiday.

For balance,  Newsmax put together a list of  great places  to visit over the holidays.   Pure Wow has another list with  some spectacular  photos.

There will be a  full moon  this Christmas,  assuming you live in a place which has skies clear enough to allow you to see it for the first time since 1977.   It won’t happen again until 2034.   Perhaps moon madness is infecting some of us.   Do you remember when no one  was afraid  to wish you a Merry Christmas?

 

 

 

 

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December 24, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Paying Christmas forward…

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One woman  started a  pay-if-forward chain at McDonald’s  in Lakeland, Florida,  which continued for 250 cars before someone clueless ended it.

 

 

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December 13, 2015 at 11:44 pm

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Charlie Brown at 50…

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A Charlie Brown Christmas  turned 50 years old yesterday.   The charming  animation is  no less popular now than it was when it premiered.   I am cheerfully among the millions who faithfully watch it each and every year,  because who doesn’t need some light-hearted entertainment?

 

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December 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm

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