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]
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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Updated on 10 December 2017.
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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10666173515806979666 edhz promise

    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?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

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