Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Shea King provides some cheer for us with the world’s largest Christmas stocking, and some wonderful choir work.
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.
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.
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.
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?
One woman started a pay-if-forward chain at McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida, which continued for 250 cars before someone clueless ended it.
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?