Merry Christmas to all of you out there from all of us in here. Us, meaning The Pack™, the dogs and me; and in here, meaning here at the house where we are all snug in our beds with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads. Well, not really. The dogs are snoring and probably not dreaming of sugarplums, not having the foggiest notion of what those might be and I’m not sure I do, either. ;) And I’m obviously not sleeping or dreaming, I’m tapping away on the keyboard and annoying said dogs as they try to sleep. But not annoying them too much as they long ago learned how to ignore me at any time of day or night.

All blither-blathering aside, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and since I already have, I’ll bid you good night! Good night!

Merry Christmas

The photo above is of my nativity set from years past. Took the photo in 2012. Since then a friend has given me a Fontanini set and she and my sister have given me more figures. But have I taken a proper photo of that one and edited it for Christmas? Why, thank you for asking, and no, I have not. I’ll put that on my list right now for next year. That way I might have it done by, oh, I don’t know, the turn of next century. Sigh. ;)

Nativity Icon, larger image at end of this postIn the beginning was the Word. And below is a video from Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on Fire ministry wherein he speaks about Christmas and the Prologue of the Gospel of John. I love Fr. Barron. He’s prolific and eloquent and my laptop, external drives and iPods are filled with hundreds of his podcasts and videos. (A note about the icon below the video and a larger view.)

May your Christmas be a blessed, holy and joyful one. Peace be with you and with your loved ones throughout the year. Merry Christmas!

About the Church in the East: Light of the East on Catholic Radio International. About the Nativity Icon, Show #378: The Nativity. Download. RSS. I recorded the show yesterday on EWTN about the Christmas customs of the Church in the East and watched it this morning. They talked about the icon in this post or one similar to it. Fascinating stuff. Or it may have been Fr. Jacob Restrick, OP, and his series, Icons: Windows Onto Heaven. I recorded them both and watched them back to back. Of course, I can’t find any links to Fr. Restrick’s show. Argh.

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I’m away from home spending Christmas at a relative’s house near the Gulf of Mexico. The weather has been stormy all day but seems to be calming down now. Just wanted to take a brief moment to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and to encourage you to hold fast to the faith. Here in the wee hours of Christmas morn, unto us a Savior is born. Continue reading