I just have to share this email I received. I hope you can listen to it and watch it to the end.
THIS IS REALLY WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT.
GOD BLESS US ALL
from the Ginger Jar
From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism
When was the First Day of Christmas? OK, it’s a bit of a trick question, since I used the past tense “was” rather than “is.” If you know that the First Day of Christmas hasn’t happened yet, give yourself a gold star!
Here in these final days of Advent (not “the Christmas season”), the Church counts down until Christmas using the O Antiphons. You can find each O Antiphon for today through Monday by scrolling down to the “Featured Articles” section of this newsletter.
Perhaps it’s been going on my entire life, but I first noticed the phenomenon a couple years ago. Starting on December 13 or 14, depending on how mathematically/calendrically challenged the particular blogger or business is, the countdown to Christmas begins.
Is Richard Dawkins a “Christian double agent”? That’s the claim a friend of mine made on Facebook after reading the latest story of the English celebrity atheist’s “bad arguments and silly antics.” I hasten to assure you that my friend’s tongue was firmly planted in his cheek—although his humorous explanation for Dawkins’ actions is perhaps the most charitable one that can be made.
For this week’s Wordless Wednesday, I’m featuring a photo submitted by About.com member KathNC to our Christmas Trees – Pictures and Stories. This is the first time that I’ve used a reader-submitted photo for Wordless Wednesday, but it won’t be the last. Click the headline above to find out how to submit your photo for use in a future Wordless Wednesday.
The Birds of the Air by Alice Thomas EllisPosted: 08 Dec 2010 08:57 PM PSTPaperback: 159 pages Publisher: Akadine Press (August 2002) ISBN-10: 188817384X ISBN-13: 978-1888173840 reviewed by Roy Peachey If you are looking for some Christmas reading then you could do a lot worse than Alice Thomas Ellis’s The Birds of the Air. All the constituents of a traditional British Christmas are there — family arguments; embarrassingly drunk relations; the Queen’s […]