Who Else Was in the Manger?

When I put together the manger scene in our house, it has the usual cast of characters: Shepherds, Wise Men, sheep, cows, donkeys, a dog and of course, Mary Joseph and the baby Jesus (who we argue about the time he gets to go into the manger). But our gospel today tells us that the […]

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Of Gifts and Stars

This Epiphany we hear of the Three Kings, astrologers most likely, who come bearing gifts after following a star and finding the Christ-child. While not Jewish the notion of the specialness of visitors who come not empty handing must truly have been a Mitzvot for Mary and Joseph, two poor people with a newborn son […]

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Do You Believe in Santa Claus?

I wrote a bit about this before but one of my former colleagues used to say that placing Santa into a Catholic Mass in any way sends a mixed message. And I say he’s as wrong as wrong could be! Why? Well, lest we forget, Santa Claus is a saint! And that makes Santa a […]

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Silent Night Without Jesus

So this isn’t even smart, never mind how offensive it might be. A choral director at a school decided it would be a good idea to perform Silent Night without any references to Jesus or Mary in order to be more inclusive. Here’s a video of the performance: OH MAN, ARE PEOPLE IDIOTS! First of […]

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The Annual Telling of My Favorite Christmas Story

I’ve told this story many times before including here on this blog. It’s from my Fordham days and it never gets old. My classmates Joe Squillace and Tracy Crimmins who are both still friends today were the community service types in college and they ran the annual “Give a Child a Christmas” campaign. Honestly it’s […]

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Jesus: In or Out

So the debate rages on in our house regarding this Christmas tradition: Do we put the baby Jesus in the manger or do we wait until Christmas for the bambino to make His appearance? Here’s my wife, Marion’s take. “No. You wait until Christmas Eve and when you come home from Midnight Mass you put […]

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Boxing Day

So today is Boxing Day, a day that few know about, but is huge in Britain where is is also known as St Stephen’s Day (as it is in Catholic circles). The origins of Boxing Day are dubious, ranging from some saying that the lower classes would bring a box to their employers who would […]

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