Is Santa missing from your mall?

Turns out, he isn’t quite as ubiquitous as he used to be. Details, from TIME: Throughout North America, most shopping centers are proceeding with the traditions of the season, including regular appearances of Santa, complete with the chance for kids to sit on his lap, tell him what they want, and get a picture taken—so [Read More…]

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A novel idea for Christmas

How kids at one Catholic high school in Bloomington, Illinois are learning—and giving: Connor Sheehan, a high school student writing a children’s book, could picture himself as the next Dr. Seuss. Sheehan, 16, is becoming an author and illustrator as part of his Central Catholic High School sophomore English class. His assignment: to write a [Read More…]

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Some logo ideas for the New Orleans Pelicans…

You may remember that I posted on the unusual new name being proposed for New Orleans’ basketball team. Now, a contest is underway to pick the new team logo. Who knew there were so many ways to draw a pelican?  Check ’em out and cast your vote here. [Read more…]

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Rhode Island church recasts the Nativity with Jose, Maura…and a girl named Hope?

Photo by Bob Plain Kathy Schiffer found this curiosity: The babe in the manger is a girl named Hope.  Joseph (er, “Jose”) is an illegal immigrant looking for a job in the U.S.  Mary (“Maura”) is a teenage runaway who fled her Connecticut home after her parents became upset upon discovering her pregnancy.  The Angel [Read More…]

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A creche course: the Nativity as seen around the world

Over at HuffPo, Jesuit Mark Bosco looks at the lively and often creative tradition of the Christmas creche, and illustrates it with examples from the James and Emilia Govan Creche Collection at the Loyola Museum of Art.   (Shown above: the Lincoln Memorial as a Nativity setting, featuring an eagle as angel, and an elephant and [Read More…]

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“Landfill Harmonic”: making music from what others throw away

This video is beginning to make the rounds: a glimpse at how some are making beautiful music in Paraguay from, literally, garbage. It’s a teaser for a documentary called “Landfill Harmonic:” Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often [Read More…]

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End of an era: Sony ceases production of cassette recorders

A moment of silence, please, for the plastic box that redefined recorded sound:  In early 2013, Sony will stop producing its three remaining models of handheld cassette recorders, meaning first the Walkman and now its cousins are on their final march to death. The models that are soon to be antiquated are the TCM-400, TCM-410 [Read More…]

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Here’s something they probably don’t include in your church’s nativity scene…

A friend mentioned this in a Facebook post, and it turns out to be true: A Caganer (Catalan pronunciation: [kəɣəˈne], Western Catalan: [kaɣaˈne]) is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation appearing in nativity scenes in Catalonia and neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia, Northern Catalonia (in southern France) and the Balearic Islands. [Read More…]

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If they become the New Orleans Pelicans, this basketball team will be the first named for a Eucharistic symbol

I suspect most fans won’t be aware of this—and it’s probably not the sort of thing franchise owners would publicize—but the folks changing the name of the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans are giving the team a profoundly Catholic, even Eucharistic, name. I first posted on this over the summer, referring to [Read More…]

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Something cool: an app for Catholic baby names

It’s just been released from OSV: Most expectant parents spend many hours discussing possible names for their newest family member. Trying to hone in on a name that is both personal and unique can exacerbate the process. Now Our Sunday Visitor has an app for this. Saint Names for Your Baby is a handy iPhone [Read More…]

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