Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas Stamp 1965: The Gender Controversy

It was 1965, and the sexual so-called revolution was almost on the horizon. Also, before the so-called War on Christmas, a little controversy was stirred up in year 4 of the US Post Office’s Christmas series.  It wasn’t the figure … Continue reading

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A Christmas Star

The Christmas movie channels could hire me as a science consultant on scripts. My wife and I watched an otherwise enjoyable holiday flick tonight. I outlined to the young miss my problems with the science, none of which really impacted … Continue reading

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Christmas Stamps 1964

  Stamps, plural. Catch this? Other nations had a long tradition of issuing stamps for Christmas. (Check the world’s first, from north of the border and all the way back to the 19th century.) The US Post Office was late … Continue reading

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Christmas Stamp 1963

A year after the Christmas stamp from the US Post Office debuted, they did it again. In 1963, still no Jesus, no Mary, no Santa. Left, note that a few lights in the White House are on. Huge tree in … Continue reading

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Christmas Stamp 1962

US people lobbied for years for Christmas-themed postage stamps. Their wish finally came to pass 49 years ago: Anticipating a huge demand for the new Christmas stamp, the (US Post Office) Department ordered 500 million printed — the largest number … Continue reading

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Decoration Scrooge

Everywhere you turn, you find another item to blow up a Catholic ex-senator’s intemperate and ignorant comment from some months ago: We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes we have Native Americans … Continue reading

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My Life With Saint Nicholas

My sister posted this on social media this weekend. It was a handful of years before we three were baptized, but I suppose it’s our first verified encounter with a saint. My sister wished for a family reunion at Christmas, … Continue reading

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War On Christmas: HOA Theater

The annual War on Christmas seems to be especially muted this year. Or that could be because the fam has switched off cable for good with our recent move, and we don’t even have a newsprint subscription any longer. I suppose … Continue reading

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Mary Did You Know You Would Be On A Christmas Stamp?

That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Almost as heralded as the Hallmark Christmas Movie event is the release of seasonal stamps by the US Postal Service. If they ever get to your little house in the country, that is. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Major Feast On A Sunday

A handful of major feasts (pardon, solemnities) can bump a green Sunday from the liturgical calendar. Some are non-obligatory when they fall on (most) weekdays. In the US, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin occurs on a Sunday. Next weekend’s … Continue reading

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Words And Females

Now that somebody has started off a new culturewar round with “a-women,” I was reminded of popes accepting gifts from girls on this season. Does that make them fe-magi? Pope Benedict XVI endorsed it too: Images from Catholic New Service … Continue reading

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What Star Is This?

Here’s an excellent reflection on astronomy and what the Star of Bethlehem could have been. Convincing was the notion that it wasn’t really a celestial object as notable as The First Noel describes: They looked up and saw a starShining … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on Christmas

My pastor quoted one of my favorite monastics in his Christmas homily: The mystery of Christmas therefore lays upon us all a debt and an obligation to the rest of the human race and to the whole created universe. We … Continue reading

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Christ Is Here

Now God says to us What He has already said to the earth as a whole Through His grace-filled birth: I am there. I am with you. I am your life. I am your time. I am the gloom of … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Pandemic Christmas

Many American dioceses have permitted earlier Christmas Eve Masses this year. My parish starts at 2pm, which is the most anticipated liturgy I’ve yet experienced. I was noting this word from an Ohio diocese: (A)ttending any mass between Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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