“Joseph Smith’s Last Christmas”

    A little item — don’t expect too much — from the non-LDS historian John Turner:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/12/joseph-smiths-last-christmas/   As for us, we’ve been hitting some of the family Christmas traditions:   We had the missionaries (Sister Lawson and Sister Gerrigues) over last night for a Cuban pork dinner, accompanied by juca (or cassava) and [Read More…]

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“How Mormon volunteers launch the best Christmas lights in San Diego”

    A nice LDS contribution to Christmas in southern California:   http://timesofsandiego.com/life/2015/12/21/how-mormon-volunteers-launch-the-best-christmas-lights-in-san-diego/   And, as a bonus, I add this item (brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim):   “Twenty photos of temples looking like winter wonderlands”   Posted from Richmond, Virginia, which is warm, green, and humid today     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 29

    For my final installment of “Music of Christmas” for 2015, I offer two pieces.   I’ve always loved Miklos Rozsa’s score for the movie Ben Hur.  And his “Star of Bethlehem” is, in my opinion, one of its two highlights:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0cFMotGzUs   I heard a wonderful arrangement of it not long ago, performed [Read More…]

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A personal note at Christmas

    Dear friends:   Another year is coming to a close, and it’s closing upon a world racked with violence, fear, and evil.  But, as always, it closes with the boundless promise and the remarkable grounds for optimism represented by Christmas.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words come to mind, written in the darkest days [Read More…]

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Music of Christmas 28

    An exquisitely beautiful choral version of today’s Christmas hymn:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVnvN3EVxY   This is a Christian folk hymn from the American South.  It was first published at Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1811, and has been called a “white spiritual.”  That aspect is clearly brought out in these two quite different videos:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu9KjxaVEC4   [Read More…]

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“Telling ghost stories is a lost tradition on Christmas Eve”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705363363/Telling-ghost-stories-is-a-lost-tradition-on-Christmas-Eve.html?pg=all   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 27

    Responding to my request for a Cuban Christmas song, my Havana-born daughter-in-law suggests this one, Felicidades, by the Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cORUlthO04w&app=desktop   Cuba proper, under the rule of the Brothers Castro, hasn’t been a very favorable place for Christmas meditations or celebrations, so it’s fitting, I suppose, that we turn for [Read More…]

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Jonah Goldberg on “The War on Christmas”

    A good, fun article (excerpted from a book) by a good writer with whom I almost always agree — which, now that I think of it, makes him a superb writer:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428867/war-christmas-christmas-virtues-excerpt   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 26

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOQRtYYERGo   I have travelled many moonless nights Cold and weary, with a babe inside. And I wonder what I’ve done. Holy Father, you have come And chosen me now To carry your son.I am waiting in a silent prayer. I am frightened by the load I bear. In a world as cold [Read More…]

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New Testament 367 (et finis)

    John 21:1-25 Compare Matthew 16:28; 26:30-35; Mark 9:1; 14:26-31; Luke 9:27; 22:31-34, 39; John 8:51-52; 13:36-38; 16:32; 18:1   In this chapter, which some have called an “appendix” to the gospel of John, we see Peter’s threefold affirmation of his love for Jesus (which may have been intended to compensate for this threefold [Read More…]

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