Christmas (Index Page)

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Adoration of the Shepherds (1622), by Gerard van Honthorst  (1590-1656) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]
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Archived posts from Blogspot, hosted at Internet Archive, will be followed by an asterisk. Be sure to allow a minute or two for them to upload, and select archived versions from July 2015 and earlier.
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MY 14 CHRISTMAS POEMS 
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The Song of Simeon (7th) [12-15-06]
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Mary’s Carol (8th) [12-14-08]

St. Nicholas Speaks (11th) [12-8-12]

Joseph’s Carol (12th) [12-6-13]

Carol of the Angels (13th) [12-7-15]

Reflections on My Christmas Poems [Facebook, 11-26-16]

Joy!: A Christmas Poem for My Wife Judy (14th) [12-3-16]

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Michigan Master of Contemporary Christmas Carols: Alfred S. Burt (composer of Caroling, Caroling, Some Children See Him, Star Carol, and 12 more) [11-29-05]

Christmas Carols and Songs: An Alphabetical, Chronological, and Geographical Catalogue [December 2005]

135 well-known songs chronicled, with composer, lyricist, date, country, alternate titles, background information, audio sample file for each song, lyrics (almost all songs, and some non-English lyrics), links to samples from famous or notable recordings, misc. trivia (many songs), and six photographs of composers and singers.
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MY CHRISTMAS CARDS AND FAMILY PHOTOS / OLD CHRISTMAS WEB PAGE

 

“Dave’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Page” [archived from 4 December 2003 on my original website] *

2007 “Cyber-Christmas Card” *

Armstrong Family “Christmas Card” for 2013 *

Collection of Family Christmas Photos and Other Reflective and Old-Fashioned Prints [Facebook photo album]

CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS, AND HISTORY

True Christmas Spirit (fantastic monograph about Advent by Rev. Edward J. Sutfin, 1955)
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The Twelve Days of Christmas (Elsa Chaney, 1955)
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Family Advent Customs (Helen McLoughlin, 1954)
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Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home (Helen McLoughlin, c. 1954)
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A Candle is Lighted (P. Stewart Craig, 1945)
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Catholic Encyclopedia: “Advent”
Catholic Encyclopedia: “Christmas”
Catholic Encyclopedia: “St. Nicholas of Myra”
Catholic Encyclopedia: “Crib” [manger]
Catholic Encyclopedia: “Magi” [wise men]
Catholic Encyclopedia: “Bethlehem” 
Catholic Encyclopedia: “St. Joseph”
Catholic Encyclopedia: “Annunciation”
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MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES
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Silent Night: A “Progressive” and “Enlightened” Reinterpretation [12-10-04; additionally edited for publication at National Catholic Register: 12-21-17]

G. K. Chesterton and Charles Dickens on Christmas [12-14-06]

Debate: Is Santa Claus a Sinful “Lie”? [2-16-07]

Christmas Trees as Idols?: Silly Biblical “Arguments” [12-12-10]

The Census, Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem, & History [2-3-11]

How Protestant Nativity Scenes Proclaim Catholic Doctrine [12-15-13; expanded for publication at National Catholic Register: 12-17-17]

Dickens’ Christmas Carol Heaven! (discussion of alternate versions of this movie) [Facebook, 12-5-16]

Reply to Atheist Jonathan MS Pearce: “Mistranslation” of “Virgin”? (Isaiah 7:14) (with Glenn Miller) [7-26-17]

Reply to Atheist Jonathan MS Pearce: Bethlehem & Nazareth “Contradictions” (Including Extensive Exegetical Analysis of Micah 5:2) [7-28-17]

December 25th Birth of Jesus?: Interesting Considerations [12-11-17]

Christmas Trees: Where & When Did They Originate? [12-12-17]

Updated on 21 December 2017.
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  • mr. dave

    Many seem to feel that one way to put Christ back into Christmas is by displaying a Nativity scene, or crèche. Likely you have seen such groupings of figurines, representing the baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by Mary, Joseph, some shepherds, "three wise men," or "three kings," some barnyard animals, and some onlookers. It is commonly felt that these crèches serve to remind people of the real meaning of Christmas. According to U.S. Catholic, "a crèche gives a more developed picture than any single gospel can give, though it also emphasizes the nonhistorical character of these narratives."

    How, though, would a Nativity scene suggest that the narratives in the Gospel accounts of the Bible are nonhistorical?

  • I don't think they are "nonhistorical." I disagree with that characterization.