The cost of Christmas? 12 days, 6 figures

For the first time, the tally of everything in that famous Christmas carol has now crossed the $100,000 mark: If you’ve ever thought about actually purchasing all the items (though we assume you’d need to rent the lords a-leaping, maids a-milking, and all the ladies dancing to the drumming drummers and piping pipers) listed in [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words

One way to cut costs this Christmas season: [Read more…]

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Waiting for Christmas

A British department store has come up with a sweet commercial for the Christmas season (and, in fact, Advent) that will resonate with anyone who has ever been 8 years old. [Read more…]

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A peek inside the "Harvard of Santa schools"

I wonder what they do for gym class.   Chimney climbing? Details: The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan takes the coveted position very seriously and just wrapped up its 75th (75th!) year of the country’s finest Santa Claus training. The Los Angeles Times reports on the school’s storied history and why it’s considered the [Read More…]

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God rest ye, merry gentle friends

Visiting a parish in Maryland this weekend, I was surprised that the recessional hymn at today’s mass wasn’t altered for political correctness. But no: to my amazed ears, they actually sang “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.” The reason this surprised me was because the entrance hymn, on the other hand, was changed from “Good Christian [Read More…]

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Christmas in Queens

From the nativity scene outside my parish. Blessed Christmas, everyone! [Read more…]

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Homily for Midnight Mass

Note: I won’t be preaching this Christmas, or this weekend.  But I’m re-posting this year my first Christmas homily, from Midnight Mass in 2007.   A few of the references are a bit dated, but the message, I hope, still comes through. Blessed Christmas, everyone!  Dcn. G. Like a lot of people of a certain age, [Read More…]

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The greatest toy story ever told: Mr. Bean goes to Bethlehem

Anyone who’s ever played with a small nativity scene — come on, admit it, you’ve done it — will appreciate this priceless piece of performance art by the inimitable Mr. Bean. [Read more…]

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"Believe"

Continuing my series of favorite Christmas music, here’s Josh Groban with “Believe,” the theme from “Polar Express,” a movie that never fails to move me. [Read more…]

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Now THAT'S a Christmas concert!

We had the annual Christmas concert at my parish last weekend. For those who couldn’t make it to Queens, no problem. You can see some highlights right here. Enjoy.  It’s a glorious event, in a glorious setting. [Read more…]

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