Plans for this last week of the year

As is our custom here at the Cranach blog, we will devote the days up to and including New Year’s Eve looking back on the year that is ending.  Then, starting New Year’s Day, we will look ahead to the year that is beginning.   The high points will be on December 31 when we will review YOUR predictions for 2014 that commenters made last year, when 2014 was all full of possibilities.  The best prediction–some of which, in years past, have verged on the legendary–will win all kinds of virtual accolades and bragging rights.  Then on January 1, we will provide a forum for you to make your predictions for what will happen in 2015, and we will see who is the best prognosticator around this time next year.  So be thinking and getting your prophecies in order!

#3 most popular Cranach blog post of the year

Number 3 was posted not this year at all but way back in March 16, 2012, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.   It gives “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” the wonderful Christo-centric meditation written by the ancient missionary:

Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me.

#4 most popular Cranach post of the year

From January 24, 2014, the fourth most-viewed post on this blog for the year:

Ranking states by how corrupt they are.

#5 most popular Cranach post of the year

The fifth most viewed post came as a result of our unintentional venture into Roman Catholic End Times speculation.  From January 2, 2014:

Will Pope Francis be the last pope?.

#6 most popular Cranach post of the year

The #6 most popular post of the year was not from this year at all, but from July 14, 2003.  But people are still viewing it in great numbers:

Dogs are not color-blind after all.

We can’t get enough information about dogs, and the topic never gets old.

#7 most popular Cranach blog post of the year

On April 16, we linked to another post that dismantled myths about the origins of Easter, which became the seventh most viewed post of the year:

Easter did NOT come from a pagan holiday.

And in honor of this week’s upcoming holiday, which is also the subject of similar myths, I offer this bonus from Christmas Eve, 2012:

Christmas was NOT based on the Roman Juvenalia