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Come we shepherds whose blest sight Hath met love's noon in nature's night; Come lift we up our loftier song And wake the sun that lies too long. To all our world of well-stol'n joy He slept, and dreamt of no such thing, While we found...
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Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live. As I...
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Having spent twenty-five years of my life in “the damp lands,” I can affirm that while the Americans cannot be beat for Thanksgiving, the English cannot be beat for Christmas. Yes, it is true. The dour...
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It could be argued and has been argued that, after Shakespeare, Charles Dickens is the finest writer in the English language. His works have forged their way into the canon to such a...
comedy at christmas
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This past semester at Aquinas College in Nashville, I have had the joy of teaching a whole course on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. A few weeks ago we were discussing the moral dilemma...
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This past year I read or re-read the following that reminded me of the permanent things that inform the good, true, and beautiful: Daniel Taylor's Death Comes for The Deconstructionist: A unique murder mystery that also...
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The best way of seeing the joy of Advent and Christmas is through the eyes of a child, which ideally should be our own. We should see the time of expectation, which is Advent, through eyes which...
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What do you get for the imaginative conservative who has everything? That’s a trick question, of course: the imaginative conservative never has everything because he never rests in his pursuit of...
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Are you scratching your head over what to buy the conservative gentleman in your life? Please avoid the “hideous tie so kindly meant,” the slippers, the pipe or another sweater. Choose gifts that...
Christmas gifts of permanence
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The last year or so has been a most propitious time for thoughtful studies of social and political life. In an age when fewer and fewer people read serious books, a gift of...
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Overwhelmed is a one-word description of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five. What overcomes Scrooge when he wakes up is joy, and later the virtue of cheerfulness. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines cheerfulness as “a mood characterized by high spirits...
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It is Christmas, that joyous time of year when the Mainstream Media goes in search of apostate scholars to reassure them that the gospel is all a bunch of hooey. Here is the sort of thing I am...
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About a hundred years ago, the usual jolly G.K. Chesterton can be found lamenting two things that are still a problem today: First, that as a writer, he has to write about Christmas long before Christmas in...
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Get ready! And hurry! We mustn’t wait! It’s time for worship! Don’t be late! Be not like those wretches who Disdain our values, through and through That made us what we are today! We ‘ere grow stronger ‘ere we pray, When pray we fully—not by half; Come...