Tu scendi dalle stelle, o Re del Cielo, E vieni in una grotta al freddo, al gelo. O Bambino mio Divino, Io ti vedo qui tremar. O Dio beato, E quanto ti costò l’avermi amato! A Te, che sei del … Continue reading Mittwoch Matinee
I bought my daughter a garbage disposal for Christmas this year. I’m sentimental that way. Nothing says the birth of the savior like a machine that grinds discarded food. She even knows about it, because when the plumber arrived one … Continue reading Keeping it Complicated for Christmas
Today is the liturgical feast of the Epiphany, the time when “God with us” (Emmanuel), is revealed to the Gentiles. As we all know, in the Christmas story the Gentiles are represented by the three Magi, who follow a star … Continue reading A Time of Slouching
During Christmas in 1982, I fell in love. The object of my affection was a 1960 pink Chrysler Imperial. I spotted it one day a few blocks from our house. It was parked in the street and had a “For … Continue reading An Imperial Christmas
I love tinsel. The more, the merrier. I want gobs of it drooping from every branch of the Christmas tree. It is sleek and shiny. It shimmers like rain and descends from the tree’s branches, lending a radiant luster to … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Tinsel
In the photo below you can see the word “gifting.” Gifting is used there as a gerund or the noun form of the verb. But “gift” is not a verb, you say, so how could it possibly form a gerund? … Continue reading Gift This!
I heard a news report the other day about a driver pulling a gun on another driver in a dispute over a parking spot. No doubt it took place at a megamall. I couldn’t help but think of another news … Continue reading A Christmas Truce for 2017