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  • The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial

    12/27/2014 8:24:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-26-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift As Seen in a Touching Christmas Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren’t things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God, and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24).  He said this about the religiously observant of his day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness and ritual purity, but neglected...
  • Comrades Get to Torture Ransom

    12/27/2014 3:36:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Ransom
    I have selfish reasons to do the Ice Bucket Challenge this year.To get the basement dwellers up to speed: The Ice Bucket Challenge is where a person has an ice bucket with water dumped over his head to benefit the ALS Association. In my case, I will make a donation over $100 to ALSA, and ask others I challenge to make any donation whatever or get the bucket dumped oj them… or better yet, take the bucket, make a donation and challenge others to do the same.I also give a chance to comrades to torture me with this modified version...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-14, FEAST, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    12/26/2014 7:58:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies ^ | 12-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2014Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What was from the beginning,what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes,what we looked uponand touched with our handsconcerns the Word of life —for the life was made visible;we have seen it and testify to itand proclaim to you the eternal lifethat was with the Father and was made visible to us— what we have seen and heardwe proclaim now to you,so that you too may have fellowship with us;for our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We are...
  • Santa delivered a lot of guns

    12/26/2014 1:43:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | December 25, 2014 | Michael S. Rosenwald
    The other day I wrote about an increasingly popular gift for wives from their husbands guns. Big guns. Little guns. Pink guns. Even Hello Kitty guns. But Christmas is a big gun day not just for women but for husbands, sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughtersyou get the point. People will argue about guns for more hours than Its a Wonderful Life has historically been broadcast, but guns remain an important part of many, many lives, so its only natural that Santa was very busy crossing state lines delivering guns big and small. Here are some happy new gun owners and...
  • Topless activist rushed the nativity scene in St Peters Square

    12/25/2014 2:13:46 PM PST · by redreno · 79 replies ^ | 12/25/2014 | By Stephanie Linning
    A feminist activist ran topless through St Peter's Square and rushed the nativity scene before attempting to flee with the baby Jesus figurine. The woman, who had the words 'God Is Woman' written on her chest, started her protest just one hour after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message. Thousands of pilgrims were still standing in the famous square when the woman, who is a member of Femen, was ambushed by a guard on her way off the platform. She was quickly arrested by officers from the Vatican police.
  • At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge

    12/26/2014 11:06:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    Every year, in the week between Christmas and New Years, I think about George W. Bush. It was in that week each year for the eight years I covered him as a reporter that he gave me a spectacular gift and he knew it. I started covering the newly elected president in 2000, when I was in my 30s. Back then, as a reporter for The Washington Times, we went everywhere the president went. If he went to Charlotte, North Carolina, to give a 30-minute speech on an airport tarmac, we went. Up at 4 a.m., an hourlong commute...
  • Pavarotti - O Holy Night (Full Album)

    12/25/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies ^ | November 30, 2013 | PshuncK Mart
    Tenor; Pavarotti Album; O Holy Night Year; 1990 1. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) 00:00 2. Pieta, Signore 04:17 3. Panis Angelicus 12:45 4. Qual Giglio Candido (Parola Quinta) 16:48 5. Ave Maria 21:30 6. Gesu Bambino 26:20 7. Ave Maria 30:52 8. Mille Cherubini in Coro 33:50 9. Agnus Dei 37:55 10. Requiem: Sanctus 41:41 11. Adeste, Fideles 50:52
  • Woman Accused Of Stealing Christmas Decorations Speaks Out

    12/26/2014 8:56:45 AM PST · by Morgana · 104 replies
    KKTV ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | KKTV
    A married couple allegedly took on the role of "Grinch" this Christmas season and stole Christmas displays from dozens of Colorado Springs families. Jeremy Lewallen, 18, and his 42-year-old wife Carrie Carley were arrested Dec. 19. Police say they used the displays they swiped to decorate their own yard. According to the arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, a neighbor who had his decorations stolen was driving around his neighborhood when he spotted a very familiar looking Christmas display in the suspects' front yard. Police served a search warrant there and allegedly found, in the words of one of the...
  • Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland

    12/26/2014 7:35:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Best Xmas party of the year': #BlackLivesMatter Trashes Oakland by Joel B. Pollak 26 Dec 2014 Demonstrators participating in a Christmas Day Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland against police smashed store windows, injured a journalist, and vandalized the citys main Christmas tree in Jack London Square in the latest violence associated with the movement.
  • American Airlines boots man from plane after Merry Christmas prompts meltdown

    12/26/2014 5:29:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    A passenger was booted from his flight out of La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after the holiday greeting Merry Christmas caused him to have a meltdown. Dont say, Merry Christmas! the man said while boarding his flight, The New York Post reported Wednesday. When the flight attendant for American Airlines Flight 1140 asked him what he would prefer, he replied, Dont say, Merry Christmas!
  • The real war on Christmas: its not what you think it is

    12/25/2014 11:46:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Jonathon van Maren
    Christmastime has something that enlarges the heart of everyone--even, I suspect, the grinchiest of atheists. Whether it is lightly falling snow, or visiting family and friends, or Christmas carolling, or an audience surging to its feet at the crescendos of Handels Hallelujah chorus, there is something about this time of year that seems to put people in better spirits. No matter how far militant secularism has spread, the Christmas story has incredible cultural power. I find that the Christmas story has much to remind those of us in the pro-life movement, things that might be easier to forget throughout the...
  • A Soldiers Silent Night

    12/25/2014 9:04:25 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1987 | Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt
    A Christmas dedication to our men and women in uniform. A Soldier's Silent Night was originally titled 'Merry Christmas My Friend' and written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1987.
  • Pope condemns brutal persecution of minorities by Islamic State

    12/25/2014 8:14:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 6 replies ^ | December 25, 2014 | Unknown
    * Pope Francis says joy of Christmas has been marred by suffering of children in Middle East and around the world VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the brutal persecution of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peters Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year. He condemned Islamic State...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-14, FEAST, St. Stephen, First Martyr

    12/25/2014 7:28:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 12-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2014Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he said,“Behold,...
  • Got a personal drone for Christmas? Use with caution

    12/25/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Alex Hern
    **SNIP** But it could be difficult to make the most of a 2km range without infringing civil aviation regulations, which require UAS pilots to stay within eyesight of their drone, and use of the camera could infringe the privacy of passersby. The Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance to help drone operators understand airspace regulations. Technically, drone operators must request permission from the CAA if they plan to fly a camera-equipped aircraft within congested areas, or within 50 metres of people or properties that are not under their control. They must also remain in visual line of sight of their...
  • Christmas and the World War II Gyrene

    12/25/2014 6:49:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    World War II Gyrene ^ | 2004 | Mark Flowers
    Each year, the Commandant issued a special Christmas message to be read to Marines all over the globe. Below is the Commandant's message from 1944. The Commandant's Christmas 1944 Message Among the many important things which men sacrifice in the armed forces is Christmas at home. It is one of the most difficult to give up. The American family Christmas is one of the great joys of life. At the same time, it is one of the real, tangible things for which we fight. Its preservation is one of the essential reasons for our being at war. Every Marine who...
  • A World War II Christmas (1944)

    12/25/2014 6:29:11 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Jun 8, 2010 | Joe Andersen
    [Christmas, a family, and soldiers in the Ardennes forests in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.]
  • Teenager granted lifelong wish helps save Christmas for sick children

    12/25/2014 4:31:38 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 6 replies
    WDAF Kansas City ^ | 12/25/14 | Melissa Stern
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. A Kansas City group called the Elves of Christmas Present led a massive secret conspiracy to surprise a sick child with an extraordinary gift for Christmas. The Kansas City, Mo. Police Department needed help solving a special case, and they called in 15-year-old Tashawn Thompson, who fighting a life-threatening disease, to help them solve it. Im going to grow up and be big and strong and be like one of the policemen, said Thompson. A secret elf showed up at Thompsons house Wednesday with a note from Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Thompson has always wanted...
  • A Christmas Card From Obama Claus And His Illegal Amigos

    12/25/2014 4:25:11 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 7 replies
    12-25-2014 | Me
    Christmas Greetings from Obama Claus, and from the left, Nora, Aife, Jack and Ruarc.
  • Merry Christmas to all; and, to all, classic Christmas radio!

    12/25/2014 1:47:51 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 2 replies
    Kallman's Alley ^ | December 25 2014 | Yours Truly
    Our annual Christmas Day radio listening merely begins with two jewels from a master satirist: The Linit Bath Club Revue: The Mammoth Department Store (CBS, 1932) Here’s a treat for any old-time radio fan—the oldest known surviving program hosted by the singular Fred Allen, in whose spotlight sketch he plays a man with a sometimes unenviable profession: managing a department store . . . on the day after Christmas. Hopefully, without driving himself crazy. Cast: Portland Hoffa, Sheila Barrett, Roy Atwell, Charles Carlile. Announcer: Ken Roberts. Music: Lou Katzman Orchestra, Mary Leaf at the organ. Writer: Fred Allen. Texaco Star...
  • Barack and Michelle Obama Send Christmas Greetings

    12/25/2014 1:44:48 PM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 25, 2014 | William Bigelow
    Americans received a special Christmas present from the White House: a two-for-one package. Barack Obamas weekly message also featured a message from his wife and even took the time to mention Jesus, despite the fact that the Obamas have traditionally eschewed going to church on Christmas. By way of contrast, as Mark Knoller of CBS News noted at the end of 2013, George W. Bush attended church 120 times during his eight-year tenure; Obama had attended church a grand total of 18 times in his first five years. Ronald Reagan did not visit church on Christmas, but he offered a...
  • Chinese Hit Back Against a Foreign Intrusion: Christmas

    12/25/2014 1:08:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    There may be no exact translation for humbug in Chinese, but in recent days, as popular fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this officially atheist nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back with Scrooge-like zeal. On Wednesday, university students in the central province of Hunan held an anti-Christmas pageant with banners declaring Chinese should not celebrate foreign festivals. Education officials in the coastal city of Wenzhou issued a decree banning the celebration of Christmas-themed events at schools. Students at a university in northwestern China were forced to endure three hours of propaganda films, including one...
  • Hitlers Last Christmas

    12/25/2014 12:40:49 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Bulge Bugle / ^ | February 2008 | Frank W DUDASH.
    Hitlers Last Christmas The holiday season in Germany is traditionally celebrated on three days Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26th. Christmas 1944 was the sixth Christmas that Hitler had spent in the toils of the titanic struggle that he had unleashed on Europe, already widely known as the Second World War. Christmas 1944 saw the German leader in the midst of his last great gamble the Ardennes Offensive in the West. Near Zeigenberg, Germany, Adolph Hitler commanded the great offensive from his Adlerhorst Headquarters (The Eagles Nest). Deep within its catacombs the self-proclaimed leader of the Third...
  • The Queen's Christmas Message

    12/25/2014 11:12:13 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 33 replies
    You \tube ^ | December 25. 2014 | Elizabeth Windsor
    Queen Elizabeth has used her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for reconciliation, citing the Scottish referendum and Northern Ireland. Read more:
  • Michigan police shock drivers with wrapped gifts, not tickets

    12/25/2014 8:47:22 AM PST · by MarMema · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-10-14 | Cheryl K Chumley
    Talk about a Christmas gift. Police in Lowell, Michigan, turned on their flashing lights, pulled over drivers and offered wrapped presents. A video posted to YouTube showed the shocked responses. And it wasnt just a couple of drivers who received the holiday kindness about 50 motorists who otherwise would have been ticketed for minor offenses, a local NBC News affiliate reported. Salvador Galeno, one of the motorists, said, I was thinking, I was not driving over the speed limit. What could it be? The officer befuddled Mr. Galeno with seemingly unrelated questions: The Xbox One, thats what your...
  • Why Im for the War on Christmas (Barf)

    12/25/2014 8:01:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2014 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. The so-called War on Christmas, says overpaid bloviator Bill OReilly, has been won by his god-fearing, flag-flourishing side. We won the war, the Fox News personality proclaimed last week. I have to confess, you know, Im like a guerrilla fighter in the War on ChristmasWe did this War on Christmas thing for about 10 years. This is the first year I didnt get one call or letter saying, This store has said it wont say [Merry Christmas]. Hallelujah.
  • Jesus Wasnt Born Rich. Think About It. (Barf)

    12/25/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 25, 2014 | Gene Robinson (Gay Heretic Bishop)
    He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation. Get it? So why do so many of us not get it? Im against the War on Christmas. No not that one! Wishing someone Happy Holidays doesnt rob Christmas of its meaningafter all, being sensitive to others religious beliefs ought to be the attitude of every Christian. And not the one that says we have over-commercialized Christmasafter all, theres nothing wrong with a time of year when we purchase thoughtful gifts for those we love.
  • NY Times Christmas Day Op-ed Page: No Believers, Two Atheists

    12/25/2014 7:26:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn't the New York Times put aside its hostility to traditional religion on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't. Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheists Christmas Dream."
  • The Christmas Story

    12/25/2014 7:09:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | December 25, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Almost four decades ago, when I was in Mrs. Carmichael's Sunday School class, I memorized Luke Chapter 2, (the King James version of course). It took hours of practice and study, but the words still come when prompted by the line before. Below is the King James Version with my comments for reflection. "And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." The world revolves around government and money. "(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria." Provides us with a...
  • 7 hurt in Chicago shootings since Christmas Eve (no protests planned)

    12/25/2014 7:05:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/25/14 | Liam Ford, Alexandra Chachkevitch
    Six men and a woman were wounded during separate shootings since Wednesday in Chicago. In the latest shooting, a 25-year-old man was shot during a robbery around 2 a.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. The man was in the 6000 block of South Carpenter Street when he was approached by two male offenders who announced a robbery and then fired gunshots, striking him in the leg. The offenders fled the scene with the man's jacket and cell phone.
  • Governor Palin: Merry Christmas To Our Brave Men And Women In Uniform

    12/25/2014 5:58:42 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 10 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | December 24th, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin posted to her Facebook:A special Merry Christmas to our brave men and women in uniform especially those serving us far from home.
  • Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia; Christ the Savior is born.

    12/25/2014 5:18:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-25-2014 | MOTUS
    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxeduntil such time as an angel appeared to the false king named Barack and said unto him: Thats right Barackyou didnt build that yourself; somebody else made that happen. Behold his glory: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall...
  • Operation Christmas Child - Northern Iraq Airlift of Joy

    12/25/2014 4:27:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Samaritans Purse Canada ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | Samaritans Purse Canada
    Samaritan's Purse included 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in our latest airlift from Baltimore to Erbil. These special gifts will bring much needed joy to children displaced by ISIS. Speakers: Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren
  • Christmas Peace

    12/25/2014 3:54:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Wikipedia ^ | 12 November 2014 at 19:11. | Wikipedia
    Christmas Peace (Finnish: joulurauha, Swedish: julfrid) is a tradition based on old Scandinavian legislation created by Birger Jarl in the 13th century, extending the tradition of the Truce of God. Offenders who committed crimes on religious holidays like Christmas were given harsher punishments. Today it is a tradition to recommend that people behave in a respectful and peaceful manner at Christmas.[1] The Declaration of Christmas Peace has remained in Finland where it is an essential part of the Christmas tradition.[2]
  • Text Of Pope Francis' Homily During Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.
  • Merry Christmas From Afghanistan

    12/25/2014 2:37:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    messin around / YouTube ^ | Dec 24, 2009 | CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines
    Seasons greetings from CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines. (filmed on site at Alpha 1) (As it pans across the platoon halfway through, please excuse them looking like they're watching a crucifixion; by this point they've heard the song several hundred times :) Merry Christmas! [See the lyrics on the YouTube webpage]
  • "Watershed Moments: Jesus' Birth and Our Own" (Sermon for Christmas Day; John 1:1-18, Titus 3:4-7)

    12/25/2014 2:27:10 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | December 25, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Watershed Moments: Jesus Birth and Our Own (John 1:1-18; Titus 3:4-7)Today is Christmas Day. This is the day for celebrating the greatest birth in the history of the world, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The birth of Christ marks the watershed moment in all of human history. By a watershed moment, I mean a moment so significant that it marks a division between what went before and what comes after. And so it is with the birth of Christ. We even divide up time according to it: B.C., Before Christ, and A.D., Anno Domini, In the...
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    12/24/2014 9:41:12 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Review of the News ^ | 6 October 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident or its sequence. As the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton,...
  • Command Performance - Christmas 1945 3/11

    12/24/2014 9:28:35 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Recorded: 25-12-1945 Uploaded on Apr 16, 2009 | Command Performance
    Command Performance - Christmas 1945 3/11 Cast: Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Herbert Marshall, Harry James, Pied Pipers, Jimmy Durante, Ginny Simms, Cass Daley, Kay Kyser, Frances Langford, Judy Garland, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, Ed Gardner, Eddie Jackson, Joe LIlley, & President Harry Truman
  • Baghdad's Christians gather defiantly for Christmas Eve mass

    12/24/2014 6:40:59 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 24, 2014 | Saif Hameed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Baghdads embattled Christian community worshipped defiantly Wednesday night at Christmas Eve mass. The pews filled at Baghdads Sacred Heart church, as people remembered the darkest year in memory. Blast walls shielded the church and seven policeman flanked the outside of the house of worship, in an indication of the government's fear of an attack on the religious groups by jihadists who consider them non-believers. The congregation sang in unison: Praise Jesus, our Lord. Oh praise him as incense burnt in the darkened church.
  • Why Christmas Is Huge in China

    12/24/2014 8:40:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/25/2014 | ROBERT FOYLE HUNWICK
    BEIJINGTheres a joke going around: Santa Claus was descending into China from the sky. Due to the heavy smog, he fell to the ground, but no one dared help him up. While he was still lying in the snow, his bag was ransacked for presents, and his reindeer and sleigh taken away by the chengguan. Therefore, no Christmas this year. While some of the humor needs contextthere are digs at Chinas notorious bystander effect and much-despised urban-management officials, chengguanthe larger meaning is clear. Ironic jokes about Santas routine being disrupted with uniquely Chinese characteristics are a sure sign that, yes,...
  • I Hear Music in the Air! A Homily for Christmas

    12/24/2014 7:08:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and creation takes it up as a song. But why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is it merely for us, or do the angels also have need of the declaration?As always with the things of God, there are realities far deeper than most of us imagine. But tonight’s...
  • [Official Video] Silent Night (Live) - Pentatonix

    12/24/2014 6:54:18 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 9 replies ^ | Nov 24, 2014 | PTXofficial
    [Official Video] Silent Night (Live) - Pentatonix - YouTube
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-14, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord, Mass During the Day

    12/24/2014 6:28:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 12-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2014The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass During the Day    Reading 1 Is 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of him who brings glad tidings,announcing peace, bearing good news,announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,“Your God is King!” Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,together they shout for joy,for they see directly, before their eyes,the LORD restoring Zion.Break out together in song,O ruins of Jerusalem!For the LORD comforts his people,he redeems Jerusalem.The LORD has bared his holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will beholdthe salvation of our God. Responsorial Psalm...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-14, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord, Dawn

    12/24/2014 6:15:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 12-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2014The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass at Dawn    Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaimsto the ends of the earth:say to daughter Zion,your savior comes!Here is his reward with him,his recompense before him.They shall be called the holy people,the redeemed of the LORD,and you shall be called “Frequented,”a city that is not forsaken. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12 R/ A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;let the many isles be glad.The heavens proclaim his justice,and all peoples see his glory.R/...
  • Twas the nite before Christmas (for reloaders)

    `Twas the night before Christmas, cold, dark and foreboding, As I sat at the work bench, quite busy reloading. The empties from autumn were polished so clear For primers and powder, and bullets from Speer And Hornady's soft-points, and Nosler's Partitions (MY bench ain't no place for brand name omissions!) All sat in their boxes, right next to the press With dies from Pacific, and RCBS When all of a sudden there came such a jolt, I grabbed for my Mossberg, and whipped out my Colt. As I spilled Hodgdon's powder all over the shelf I scrambled for cover, just...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Merry CHRISTmas, Troops!! ~ 25 December 2014

    12/24/2014 6:00:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 267 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    For Unto You Is Born This Day... A Savior...Christ The LordMerry CHRISTmas!! LUKE 2:1-20 King James Version (KJV) 1..And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2..(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3..And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4..And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of...

    12/24/2014 5:30:05 PM PST · by stilloftyhenight · 27 replies
    na ^ | 12/24/14 | stillofthenight
    Merry Christmas Freepers! Merry Christmas Freepers!
  • 271 - Remarks Upon Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree.

    12/24/2014 4:51:12 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 7 replies
    American Presidency Project ^ | December 24, 1953 | Dwight D. Eisenhower
    My Fellow Americans--here in Washington, in your homes across the Nation and abroad--and in our country's service around the world: This evening's ceremony, here at the White House, is one of many thousands in America's traditional celebration of the birth, almost 2,000 years ago, of the Prince of Peace. For us, this Christmas is truly a season of good will--and our first peaceful one since 1949. Our national and individual blessings are manifold. Our hopes are bright even though the world still stands divided in two antagonistic parts. More precisely than in any other way, prayer places freedom and communism...
  • I shall never forget it: 100 years since WWI Christmas truce

    12/24/2014 4:34:35 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Unknown
    With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air. "It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere: and at about 7 or 8 in the evening there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and there were these lights -- I don't know what they were. And then they sang, "Silent Night" "Stille Nacht." I shall never forget it, it was one of the highlights of my life. I thought, what a beautiful tune,"...