The real “war on Christmas”: it’s not what you think

Some provocative and inspiring words from Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, an Orthodox priest: Are you, as a Christian, prevented by anyone from setting up a Christmas tree in your home? Are you, as a Christian, prevented from attending the church of your choice on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Are you, as a Christian, prevented from [Read More...]

Flash mob, you had me at “Jesu”

I’m shamelessly stealing this from The Anchoress, who is right: I’m a sucker for this stuff. I haven’t seen any decent Christmas flash mobs this year. Until now. Right out of the gate, this one is sensational: heartfelt, surprising, and just thrilling.  I’m loving it. Just watch the Air Force Band redefine the flash mob [Read More...]

War on Christmas? Maybe not.

From the Nashville Tennesseean, via USA TODAY:  Nothing in evangelical Christian author Rachel Held Evans’ five years of blogging has gone as viral as her simple little flowchart to determine if one is being persecuted during the Christmas season. “Did someone threaten your life, safety, civil liberties or right to worship?” it asks. No. “Did someone [Read More...]

Deck the halls—and just see what four guys can do on one piano

These guys are apparently quite the sensation on the interwebs, but they’re new to me: The Piano Guys, four faithful Mormons who make amazing piano music.  Their latest: this lovely rendition of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” performed as you’ve never heard (or seen) before, with one piano making some amazing sounds. Just watch. [Read more...]

The death of Thanksgiving?

Some compelling thoughts, from Presbyterian pastor Henry G. Brinton:  As Thanksgiving approaches and commerce clashes with personal values, people talk about what they are thankful for. Macy’s Department Store is famous for presenting the Thanksgiving Day Parade. But now the same store that is in its 87th year of producing a nationally-televised parade, watched by [Read More...]

Yes, it’s still Christmas

The lights are still ablaze in Princeton, New Jersey, where I stepped into St. Paul’s Church Thursday night and encountered the glorious scene above. The church was just lovely. Thanks to Msgr. Joseph Rosie, Deacon Jim Knipper and the wonderful folks at St. Paul’s for their hospitality and warm welcome in support of “Hungry and You [Read More...]

Now the work of Christmas begins

Lest we forget:  When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, [Read More...]

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” re-imagined for Christmas

We’ve all heard Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” sung in a variety of styles — from the sweetly simple to the epic and grandiose.  But you’ve probably never heard it quite like this, beautifully re-imagined for the Christmas season by the band Cloverton.   Purists will blanche.  But I loved it.  See for yourself and decide. Consider [Read More...]

What the angel REALLY told the shepherds …

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Photographer sends out family Christmas card—and he plays every member of the family

I guess someone at the Wall Street Journal got one: Like many of us, Gary He, 28, struggled to choose just one representative portrait of himself for his holiday card. So he used 14. He, a Brooklyn-based photographer, always puts a lot of thought, effort and money into his holiday card. Last year, he riffed [Read More...]


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