Posts Tagged "Christmas"

First Dog Bo stole the spotlight from First Lady Michelle Obama as she sat down to begin reading to children at Children’s National Medical Center in a video released by the White House Christmas Eve. 

(AssociatedPress)

An Arizona woman who knew she couldn’t compete head on with her neighbor’s elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response.

Using red and green lights, Kristina Green of Maricopa spelled out the word “ditto” and made an arrow pointing toward her neighbor’s home.

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Forced Merriment: The True Spirit of Christmas →

Christopher Hitchens on why the Puritans found the holiday suspect—and we should, too

Mr. Hitchens, who died on Dec. 15, was a columnist for Vanity Fair and the author, most recently, of “Hitch-22: A Memoir” and “Arguably,” a collection of his essays. This is a previously unpublished essay commissioned by the Journal, an abridged version of which appears in the print edition of the Review section.

theweekmagazine:

The first “War on Christmas” was waged almost 400 years ago by our Puritan forefathers. The Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were outraged by Christmas, partially because it did not originate as a Christian holiday. The upper classes in ancient Rome celebrated Dec. 25 as the birthday of the sun god Mithra. Beyond that, the Puritans considered it historically inaccurate to place the Messiah’s arrival on Dec. 25. They thought Jesus had been born sometime in September. They felt so strongly about the holiday that in New England, they banned Christmas celebrations entirely. Christmas Day was only formally declared a federal holiday in 1870.

Pres. Obama greeted by “elves” at Christmas at Washington taping. (Pool photo by Mike Majchrowitz/Fox News)

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“The Chinese Rest. Assoc. of the United States would like to extend our thanks to the Jewish people. We do not completely understand your dietary customs…but we are proud and grateful that your GOD insist you eat our food on Christmas. Happy Holidays!”