Tag Archives: Christmas


“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.” Oliver Wendell Holmes At the close of 2014, a year of … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas to All!

It seems paradoxical that the quintessential Christmas plant comes to North America from the tropics. Yes, the poinsettia’s heat and vivid color originate in Mexico. The cheerful flowers so delighted Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States Minister to Mexico, that he … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story — Kind Of

WordPress, which is this blog host, has been running a weekly photo challenge with a theme to jog bloggers’ imaginations. This week’s theme is Self-Portrait.  Since I’m allergic to having my picture taken (even by me), most of my responses … Continue reading

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The Shawling Snow —-

Somehow when a poet writes about it, even relentless snowstorm-after-snowstorm takes on its own beauty: Here is Dylan Thomas, writing in A Child’s Christmas in Wales: “Our snow was not only shaken from whitewash buckets down the sky, it came … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas! From our Irish Correspondent —

Fortunately Christmas actually has 12 days, and doesn’t end until January 6th (remember all those lords a-leaping and maids a-milking and the five golden rings? The partridge in a pear tree? Right!). Which means there’s still time to share Christmas … Continue reading

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What a Wonderful World!

We spent Christmas Day with friends who have a mixed marriage: he’s American, from Detroit; she’s Italian, from Rome. Her parents had flown to visit from Rome, bringing a niece and nephew with them, so we were quite a houseful, … Continue reading

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The Nativity, Digital Style

We’ve now begun the 12 days of Christmas, which gives us time to contemplate this: What if the Internet had been around that December so long ago? And Google? And social networks like Facebook, Buzz, Twitter? Here’s how the Christmas … Continue reading

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The White Christmas of your Dreams —

My friend Jeanne, a staunch daughter of the Church, a good and delightful and ironic person, nonetheless had the season pegged: “Christmas is at our throats again!” she would exclaim, before plunging into the last minute rush, the shopping, the cooking, the … Continue reading

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