To all you heretical Americans: Let me remind you that we are in the midsts of the Christmas Season, the Twelve Days of Christmas. The celebration begins on Christmas and ends on Epiphany. It has nothing to do with New …
War, Refugees, and the Christian Imagination
Thomas Hardy, in “Poems of War and Patriotism,” described an appalling refugee crisis in the heart of Europe a century ago. They were “pale and full of fear,” and came by the thousands to England’s shores: “From Bruges they …
Christmas 2015: History within ‘History’
For the past several decades, I’ve been wishing friends and familiars a “happy new year” — on the First Sunday of Advent, which marks the beginning of the liturgical year and thus the start of the really real “new …
In the opening sequence of Scrooged — which Sonny Bunch correctly identifies as one of the great Christmas movies of the modern age — we’re teased with the trailer for a movie called The Night the Reindeer Died. In …
This Christmas, We Must Revive the Virtue of Gratitude
The Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero insisted that gratitude was “the parent of all the other virtues.”
Cicero did not define gratitude as Mafia-like loyalty or mutual back-scratching. He was not referring to a pop socialism where all supposedly owe …
The Castro Who Stole Christmas
In recent days, I’ve written a post on Mussolini and Christmas trees. And on Jeremy Corbyn and Enver Hoxha. Can you stand one on Corbyn and Christmas? And Castro (Fidel)?
An article from the U.K. begins,
Jeremy Corbyn …
I begin my review of my favorite reads from 2015 by fulfilling a promise. Last year, I vowed I would begin with Age of Clinton, by Gil Troy, a book that looks at how Clinton and the 1990s were seemingly made …
College Students Sign ‘Petition’ to Ban ‘White Christmas’ Because It’s Racist
In “Getting Hard to Tell Satire from Reality” News: A group of college kids actually signed a fake petition demanding that the song “White Christmas” be banned from radio stations because it’s racist.
In a how-bad-has-it-gotten experiment, conservative MRCTV …
‘Merry Christmas’ to All!
The nearly universal change from wishing fellow Americans “Merry Christmas” to wishing them “Happy Holidays” is a very significant development in American life.
Proponents of “Happy Holidays” argue that it’s no big deal at all, and that proponents of “…
Lately, I’ve been talking about Christmas music — and listening to it and airing it. It must be Christmas or something. I did a podcast of Christmas music, and I suggested a bonus item, so to speak, in a …
Democrats and Jesus: A Study in Cuteness
Democrats are so cute when they talk about Jesus — which they occasionally do at Christmastime. When they need to make political points, slashing their opponents.
In 1999, Hillary Clinton was excoriating Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York. She …
’Twas two months before Christmas, October 25, 1965. Astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford sat in Gemini 6, their chic new two-man space capsule, which sat atop a Titan rocket, which sat atop a launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
One launch pad over, …
‘This Thing Which Is Come to Pass’
Real life doesn’t unfold in scenes, but here are a few scenes that stand out in my mind nonetheless.
Scene one: There is a bar, favored by off-duty police and breakfast drunks, that opens around 7 a.m. In the …
The Only Christmas Gift That Matters
Trigger Warning: If you are offended by the real meaning of Christmas, stop reading now.
For those who have chosen to continue, let’s begin by examining the origins of the word “Christmas.” It derives from two Old English words, …
Washington Irving’s Christmas
In the depth of winter, when nature lies despoiled of every charm, and wrapped in her shroud of sheeted snow, we turn for our gratifications to moral sources.
— Washington Irving
Back before there was cable TV, Washington Irving won the …
Christmas in an Age of Existential Crisis
We live in an odd time. On the one hand, our cultural aristocrats are giddy at the decline in American faith. They celebrate each new study showing that “nones” — those without a religious affiliation — are on the rise, as if …
Dear Residents of Whoville
By now, you’ve probably noticed that the various gifts and decorations you associate with your holiday have been removed during the night.
I don’t expect that this discovery has made you “happy” — whatever that word may mean …
Growing in Christmas Virtue
‘The true wonder of Christmas lies in mysteries so deep that only adults can appreciate them,” Jonathan V. Last writes in his introduction to The Christmas Virtues: A Treasury of Conservative Tales for the Holidays. The collection includes NR’s …
Has Capitalism Devoured Christmas?
My latest column, out this morning, asks: “Is capitalism crowding out the Christian life? And do we have special insight into this at Christmas?”
Has capitalism desecrated Christmas? Many Christians are quick to claim it has, and there is reason …
Getting Beyond Turtle and Chameleon Christians
Rome — Are you a turtle or a chameleon? On Christmas Day, or on any day of the year? That’s the question that came to mind as Hugh Hewitt announced during Tuesday night’s Republican debate that families and …