Dave Barry’s hilarious look back at 2011

Here once again is the annual must-read for the first days of January: Dave Barry’s summary of  The Year That Was. Among the things he notes for 2011: This was a year in which journalism was pretty much completely replaced by tweeting. It was a year in which a significant earthquake struck Washington, yet failed to destroy a [Read More...]

Catholic New Year’s resolutions

[I wrote the following for my parish bulletin.  Dcn. G.] So here we are, beginning another year, rising to face new challenges, hoping to be better people next December 31 than we were last December 31.  Some people are hoping to lose weight.  Some will stop smoking.  Looking for suggestions?  Maybe these will help.  Meantime, [Read More...]

“Am I a man or a Muppet?”

And now: a haunting ballad that addresses one of life’s burning questions. “Am I man or a Muppet?”  The first official video from “The Muppets.”  Heavy stuff.  And Jim Parsons, to boot.  [Read more...]

What the world needs now: a little Hope for Christmas

A reader sent this my way, and it’s just terrific: some of the best moments from Bob Hope’s many Christmas shows that he performed for troops overseas. [Read more...]

Stuck for a last minute gift? Here’s a little something for the Christian who has everything…

Msgr. Pope discovered it a few days ago: Have breakfast with Jesus every morning! In the past you’ve had see him with eyes of faith. Now you can seem him right on the toast! It’s the Jesus Toaster! Just $31.95 plus shipping and handling. No Christmas is complete without this fine new toaster. Was not [Read More...]

Oy to the world: try this hilarious Hanukkah medley. You’ll plotz.

From my friend Fran. [Read more...]

“The Night Before Christmas” as you’ve never heard it before

From the brilliant Jim Meskimen — and dozens of his amazing voices.   I dare you not to laugh. RELATED: “A is for Arnold…” Sheer genius: one man, dozens of celebrity voices, all doing Shakespeare [Read more...]

What’s so funny? Here’s proof that laughter is contagious

From a train in Germany, a fit of laughter spreads like a virus — or at least something viral — and YouTubers are hysterically lapping it up: It’s unclear what the joke that sparked the mass hysterics was, but mobile phone footage uploaded to the video sharing site has caught the imagination of many online [Read More...]

How to make Christmas cookies (revised translation)

From someone at Commonweal: In the comments section of Commonweal, James Martin (in a similar spirit, and with our spirit) has helpfully provided this blessing for Christmas cookies: “O God, who see the cookies that you have graciously deigned to allow us to bake here according to this recipe that you have given us that [Read More...]

I can’t imagine why this never caught on

Tired of the umpteenth showing of “White Christmas” on AMC?  Well, then, let’s revisit a classic Christmas special that was truly “special”: the “Star Wars Holiday Special” from 1978, which featured Carrie Fisher warbling that memorable holiday carol, “Happy Life Day.”  This show aired only once; while George Lucas wasn’t involved in the production, he [Read More...]


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