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Longfellow on the Bells of Christmas Day

Henry Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,

A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth

The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound

The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent

The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn

The households born

Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;

“There is no peace on earth,” I said;

“For hate is strong

And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep.

“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!

The wrong shall fail,

The right prevail,

With peace on earth, good will to men!”

Goo Grief! School Censors A Charlie Brown Christmas

The kids at W.B. Castle Elementary School in Wittensville, Kentucky was slated to perform a Charlie Brown Christmas as part of their Christmas were slated to perform a Charlie Brown Christmas as part of their Christmas Pageant.  But Johnson County School Superintendent Thomas Salyer issued a memo which directed schools to avoid endorsing an particular religion in their holiday performances.
In short, this meant that W.B. Castle Elementary School Principal Jeff Cochran the Linus Van Pelt monologue which recites Luke 2:8-14 which reveals the true meaning of Christmas. 

Frank Borman’s Christmas Eve Prayer

Apollo 8' astronaut Frank Borman's Christmas Eve Prayer


Thee NASA astronauts circled the Moon in December 1968 on a mission to prepare for the first human landing on the Moon the next year.  When transmitting to Mission Control in Houston, Frank Borman gave a Christmas Eve prayer which might scandalize avowed atheists or today’s adherents to the creed of political correctness.

Pope Paul VI on Christmas

Pope Paul VI on Christmas

President Obama on Santa in Fatigues

President Obama on Santa in Fatigues

While speaking at Joint Base Mc Guire- Fort Dix in New Jersey, President Obama compared the military to being like “Santa in fatigues”.

The stone silence from the assembled troops was not the desired response, the Commander-in-Chief ad libbed to mention C-130s to get an applause line.
Maybe Old Saint Nick can bring a new teleprompter to put under the Christmas tree to make it Mele Kalikimaka for someone special in Kailua. Or maybe after returning to the White House after his 17 day Christmas vacation, there can be more mature speechwriters.  

Fr. Andrew Greeley on Christmas-Tide

Fr. Andrew Greeley on Christmas-tide

Christmas-tide Star Trek

As we celebrate the twelve days of Christmas, we can enjoy Star Trek inspirations of the season, from the Wreath of Khan (sic) to the Twelve Days of Star Trek. 

It’s too bad that Paramount never did a holiday special like Star Wars.  

Maybe we should thank our lucky stars that Gerry Roddenberry chose not to engage in such Christmas synergy. 

A Security State Christmas Carol

As if government agencies would be allowed to even mention Christmas, which as been a federally recognized holiday since 1870.


h/t: Rick McKee

General George S. Patton on Christmas

George S. Patton Christmas

Mother Teresa on Christmas

Mother Teresa Christmas