Christmas Messages

  Christmas messages from President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson.  Interesting that Johnson indicates that the persecution of Christians around the world will be a priority for his administration, something that has also been a priority for the Trump administration. 

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One Solitary Life

“There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials by a fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting

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Sleep Well America: Your Air Force and Santa are Awake

When I was a kid, perhaps because I was the son of an Air Force veteran, I always thrilled to the tracking of Santa by Norad (North American Air Defense).  I am happy to see that Norad is still doing

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Background Music for the Day

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Foxfier

When Was Jesus Born?

This is a two-fer, because there’s two questions; one, what month, and two, what year. The implicit question is more like “is it OK to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December.” The answer to that is yes, yes it

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Thirty-Eight Years Ago: Reagan Christmas Address

On December 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation.  The video above is an excerpt from that speech.  The portion of the address dealing with the attempt by the then Polish Communist regime to crush Solidarity, the Polish labor

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Festivals of Light

  Now Judas celebrated the festival of the restoration of the sacrifices of the temple for eight days, and omitted no sort of pleasures thereon; but he feasted them upon very rich and splendid sacrifices; and he honored God, and

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Christmas 1944: Lest We Forget

In 1944, seventy-five years ago, at Christmas, the American and German armies were fighting it out in the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive of the War. Patton’s Third Army fought its way through to relieve the

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The Bishop’s Wife

Dudley: All right. Let me think. This happened many, many years ago. Debby: That’s not the way to begin. Stories start “Once upon a time”. Dudley: Yes, that’s true. Once upon a time there was a little boy and he

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Francis Pharcellus Church, the Little Girl and Santa Claus

(I  publish this each year before Christmas.  It evokes sweet memories of Christmases past when my children were young.)     Francis Pharcellus Church was a newspaper man to his marrow.  As a young man he had covered the Civil

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Christmas at Arlington

I  choked up when I saw the above.  Go here to learn more about Wreaths Across America. Go tell the Spartans, passerby: That here, by Spartan law, we lie. Simonides, Epitaph for the Spartan dead at Thermopylae    

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Christmas Time for the Jews

As Yogi Berra said when advised that the mayor of Dublin was a Jew:  “Only in America!”.  Bonus:  without using the Internet, name some of the Jewish composers who have written classic Christmas Carols.  I will give you Irving Berlin

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Christmas With the Honeymooners

And away we go:     I loved watching re-runs of The Honeymooners when I was a kid.  I appreciated the fact that they were more broke than my family and, like my parents, they met that circumstance with good humor. 

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Mere Divisions

C.S. Lewis wrote an introduction to an English translation of Saint Athanasius’  On the Incarnation which is on-line here.   In his introduction Lewis made the following observation:  “I myself was first led into reading the Christian classics, almost accidentally,

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The Fright Before Christmas

  The things you find on the Internet!  What would Christmas be without Moose and Squirrel?  Originally broadcast at the end of the Rocky and Bullwinkle third season in 1961-1962.

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Kenosis

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—Thanks to His renunciation of His exalted divine status and taking on human flesh 2,000 years ago, the Lord Jesus was criticized in an op-ed on Salon.com for his “insensitive” appropriation

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Christmas 1776: Washington Refuses to be Beaten

    Each year, as Christmas is approaching, I think of a Christmas long ago in 1776.  The year in which we declared our independence from Great Britain was a year of military disaster for the United States.  Washington and

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The History of Christmas

  A good video on the history of Christmas.  Go here to read an excellent article at New Advent on the history of Christmas.    

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A Very Special Star Wars Christmas

The sad thing is, I found this, back in 1978, immensely more entertaining than I have any of the movies since the end of the first trilogy.  

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Christmas With the Kents

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Star Trek Christmas References

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Star Trek.

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Norad Tracking Santa

When I was a kid, perhaps because I was the son of an Air Force veteran, I always thrilled to the tracking of Santa by Norad (North American Air Defense).  I am happy to see that Norad is still doing

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Nativitalk!

A Christmas present from those wonderfully twisted folks at The Lutheran Satire.

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Bishop Sheen on the True Meaning of Christmas

  First broadcast in 1956, Bishop Sheen puts his own unique spin on the eternal mystery of Christmas, God becoming Man, Creator becoming Created.  It is interesting how philosophical and complicated Sheen’s presentation is.  Recall that his show was broadcast on commercial

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The Lemon Drop Kid

Sidney Melbourne (Bob Hope): Santy Claus don’€™t drink. Gloomy Willie (William Frawley): Oh, no? Well, how come he’€™s always falling down chimneys? Screenplay,  Lemon Drop Kid (1951)     Damon Runyon and Bob Hope make a terrific combination in The

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Christmas 1918 With the Fighting 69th

Christmas Mass on the Rhine! In 1916, our midnight mass was under the open sky along the Rio Grande; in 1917, in the old medieval church at Grand in the Vosges; now, thank Heaven, in this year of grace, 1918,

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Star Trek Christmas

MCCOY: Captain, I see on your report Flavius was killed. I am sorry. I liked that huge sun worshiper. SPOCK: I wish we could have examined that belief of his more closely. It seems illogical for a sun worshiper to

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Werner Klemperer and John Banner Singing Silent Night

  Colonel Deutsch- my compliments colonel. Tell me, how did you know it was a blank? Colonel Hogan – If it were a live grenade, you would have been the first to run. (Deutsch’s smile quickly turns to a frown)

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George Washington and the Divine Author of Our Blessed Religion

    A contemplation of the compleat attainment (at a period earlier than could have been expected) of the object for which we contended against so formidable a power cannot but inspire us with astonishment and gratitude. The disadvantageous circumstances

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Santa Roosevelt

Death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there’d have been a fight. Thomas R. Marshall, Vice President of the United States, on hearing of the death of Theodore Roosevelt   One of his worst

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Gregorian Chant

  Hattip to commenter Dale Price.  I saw this and thought that it was made for TAC!

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Donald R. McClarey

Bishop Sheen on the True Meaning of Christmas

First broadcast in 1956, Bishop Sheen puts his own unique spin on the eternal mystery of Christmas, God becoming Man, Creator becoming Created.  It is interesting how philosophical and complicated Sheen’s presentation is.  Recall that his show was broadcast on commercial TV

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Donald R. McClarey

Wreathes Across America

When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrows we gave our today. Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the 2nd British Division, Kohima, India

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