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Christmas crumbs…

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What if Bill Gates were your Secret Santa?   This lady  knows.  Most college students  do NOT  find ‘Merry Christmas’ offensive.   I bet  this teacher  is a progressive.   I wonder if any of  these folks  are her kin?   None of them  can take  a joke.   The climate Nazis  tried to ruin the holidays by switching from polar  bears to  reindeer.    Not to be outdone,  a biological male transgender  English professor  derides “conservatives” for missing that the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is all about “queer” people.   He has a mental disorder at the very least, and I pray he doesn’t teach where any students you care about attend.

Who’s  brave enough to say ‘Christmas’?  This guy  certainly was,  and also Justice Neil  Gorsuch was,  and the Left predictably  lost its  scrambled mind,  much preferring to  be surly.   Their even more emphatically anti-Christian  brethren in  the jihadi  ranks recorded the beheadings of Christians.   The Catholic Pope instructs us how to behave in the  post-Christian  world.  I often find myself wondering whose side he’s on.   He certainly  is not  on the side of the average American,  Catholic or not.

Hobby Lobby took out a  full-page ad  to celebrate the season and invited people  to explore Christianity.  or you could follow this fellow’s lead by  ringing the bell  for the Salvation Army.  Gary Sinise  lives it,  doesn’t he?  What an actor;  what a man!  Christmas saves some,  and shows  others that  God is always present.   Speaking of Whom,  do you play Christmas music?   I do  —  everything from Bing Crosby to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Mannheim Steamroller,  the last being my absolute favorite when there is actual work to be done.   Jane Chastain’s  poem is  right on target.   I may be recovered by New Year’s Day.   Or not…

Do you have a pickle ornament on your tree?  Do you  know why?  Why do we  kiss beneath  mistletoe?  Not big things,  but a reminder that life is full  of amazing  moments,  and you need not  live in  fear,  during this season or any other.   Let’s end with  a collection  of quotes for the season.   This post is filled with morsels  —  leftovers,  if you prefer,  but I hope you find them tasty.

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December 29, 2019 at 1:27 pm

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Naughty, not nice…

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Even little kids are tech-savvy these days.   I wonder what punishment  these two  received for their Christmas larceny?

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December 26, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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Yuletide has arrived…

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Do you hate Christmas?   Some people do,  but they shouldn’t  blame Trump  for their Yuletide misery.   Some associate the  season with a tragedy which has befallen them.   Many on the  Left correctly  view Christianity as its primary ideological and political enemy.   The only large-scale organized opposition to the Left comes from the traditional Christian community — evangelical Protestants, traditional Catholics and faithful Mormons — and Orthodox Jews. Leftism is a secular religion,  and it deems all other religions immoral and false.

Yet there  are thousands  of Christians celebrating Christmas in Aleppo after Liberation from ISIS and Al-Qaeda Islamists.  They know what a  marvelous gift  Christmas is.   More than half of the  state capitols  in the  U.S. feature nativity scenes this year.   Is the decline because so many of us  no longer  recognize God?   I think it is certainly something to ponder,  along with some of the  real magic  of the season.

And finally on this Christmas Day,  a  Rasmussen poll  shows that Americans are religious extremists and holiday bigots.  That is to say that  nearly 70% of adults say “Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus.”   Of course that marks us as religious nutjobs.   And a huge majority of us prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” so we are clearly intolerant and non-inclusive radicals.   Merry Christmas from a not-very-religious radical, and be warned that there will bed at least a couple of more Christmas posts.

 

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December 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm

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Operation Holiday Express…

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…swapped out a sleigh and reindeer for a CH-47  Chinook helicopter  to deliver Christmas gifts to hundreds of American troops based in five locations in Syria.  The soldiers received stockings stuffed with candies,  toiletries and other gifts.  Most were donated by military support organizations in the U.S.,  as well as churches and charity organizations.

Merry Christmas to U. S. military service members,  and thank you for what you do for the nation.

 

 

 

 

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December 25, 2019 at 7:40 am

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2019 Ebenezer Award…

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The city of Dunwoody, Georgia,  has been named  the winner  of the Ebenezer Award by Becket,  a public-interest law firm focusing on the free expression of religions.   The town banned all religious symbols and displays in common areas of city-owned buildings in response to an email from a single disgruntled citizen.   The Dunwoody City Council has certainly earned its bah,  humbug award.   I trust the sensible citizens of that town will reward the council with pink slips at the earliest opportunity.

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December 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

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Holy water for Christmas…

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Water donated  by parishioners from St. Anne Church was blessed,  loaded into a crop duster and sprayed over Cow Island,  a town about 32 miles southwest of Lafayette,  and the neighboring farms.   What a charming Christmas gift!

 

 

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December 24, 2019 at 9:09 pm

Christmas lights, 2019…

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For a variety of reasons,  my seasonal decorations this year are limited to a wooden angel chorus carving,  a wreath and a stained glass candle.   Here are sixteen  light displays  which will put you into the holiday mood whether you want it or not.   or try skating your way through an enormous Christmas light maze in St. Petersburg, Florida,  of all places.

Or you could just tour the White House decorations with our lovely First Lady,  here.   Enjoy your tours!

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December 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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