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Candy Canes
Nicole Darrah | Fox News, NY Post • Sat 2018 Dec 8, 9:54am

…An elementary school principal in Nebraska was placed on leave after telling teachers to avoid decorating their classrooms with Christmas-themed ornaments so as not to offend those who don’t celebrate the holiday.… candy canes… were prohibited because Sinclair deemed them to have religious significance. “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection,” she reportedly wrote…. “I feel uncomfortable that I have to get this specific, but for everyone’s comfort, I will…”

Letter "J" to now be banned in all education.
Star Bright
MP4, Ace of Spades • Thu 2017 Dec 21, 1:00pm

"There are many things from which I might have derived good by which I have not profited, I dare say," returned the nephew, "Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas-time, when it has come round-apart from... the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that-as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"

Bluebird of Bitterness • Mon 2016 Dec 19, 12:19am
Bluebird has equal time for canines in this collection of Christmas dogs
Nick Hallett, Breitbart • Thu 2016 Dec 15, 8:51pm

A priest in Italy has caused uproar after announcing there would be no Christmas nativity scene at the local cemetery this year because it could offend Muslims and atheists.… Fr Braggiè’s predecessor as local priest, Fr Oreste Mori, strongly criticised the decision, saying: “Seriously?…"

St Nicholas Center • Wed 2016 Dec 14, 7:06pm

Have you ever wondered what St. Nicholas really looked like? … modern forensic reconstruction of Saint Nicholas' face … St. Nicholas' remains are buried in the crypt of the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy. These bones were temporarily removed when the crypt was repaired during the 1950s. At the Vatican's request, anatomy professor Luigi Martino from the University of Bari, took thousands of minutely-detailed measurements and x-ray photographs (roentgenography) of the skull and other bones.

Professor of forensic pathology at the University of Bari, Francesco Introna, knew advancements in diagnostic technique could yield much more from the data gathered in the 1950s. So in 2004 he engaged expert facial anthropologist, Caroline Wilkinson, then at the University of Manchester in England, to construct a model of the saint's head from the earlier measurements.…

Bluebird of Bitterness • Sat 2016 Dec 10, 6:12pm
I haven't blogheapolinked to Bluebird's posts since before Halloween. I suggest you go over there and scroll back through to see all her great stuff.
FenelonSpoke, Ace of Spades • Thu 2016 Dec 8, 7:17pm

Today is St Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas was a real person who defended the divinity of Jesus at the council of Nicea. He argued against Arius who didn't think Jesus was divine and got so angry that he slapped Ariius. I like the idea that he slapped Arious not because I endorse violence-but that he had a temper. That humanizes him since Saints are often seems as having no faults Some forensic work was done on his skull and you can see what he probably looked like if you scroll down in this link:

Joe Shute, Telegraph (UK) • Sun 2015 Dec 27, 9:07pm

…New research has uncovered the most detailed account yet of the banned 1915 Christmas Truce where British and German soldiers defied official orders to make peace in No Man's Land…

BBC News • Sat 2015 Dec 26, 11:03am

…A German Christmas card with just "England" on the envelope has reached the right address in Gloucestershire. Paul Biggs, from Longlevens, said he was absolutely shocked when his postman arrived at his front door with the card from his friends in Bitburg in Germany. …The card, it is believed, may have originally been addressed correctly and so was sent to the right area of England - but with an address label that fell off at some point.…

Big Fur Hat, IOTW Report • Sat 2015 Dec 26, 10:46am

Elizabeth Laird doled out an estimated half-million hugs to American troops at Fort Hood, sending them off to war with a reassuring embrace and welcoming them back home with those same open arms.

Elizabeth LairdShe kept up those hugs—along the way becoming known as “the hug lady”—through a decade-long fight with the breast cancer that ultimately claimed her life on Christmas Eve at the age of 83 …

Michael Cavna, Wash Post • Sat 2015 Dec 26, 10:35am

…“I’d just made a documentary about the best baseball player in the world,” Mendelson tells Comic Riffs, referring to his award-winning NBC work about Willie Mays. “So I decided to make a documentary about the worst baseball player in the world.”

That, naturally, would be Charlie Brown. Mendelson read a “Peanuts” strip about the perennially losing hurler and thought: Why not make a documentary about the cartoon’s creator?

It turned out to be the best pitch Mendelson ever made.…

How the show was developed.
Tiffany Gabbay, Truth Revolt • Fri 2015 Dec 25, 12:21am

…Iranian Christian pastor Farshid Fathi, who has been imprisoned in Iran's notorious Evin prison since the day after Christmas, 2010, has finally been freed.

CNSNews reports that Fathi was released from prison on Monday, two years shy of his full seven-year prison sentence. He will hopefully now be able to reunite with his wife and two children. …

Dennis Prager, National Review • Tue 2015 Dec 22, 8:18pm

…The opponents of “Merry Christmas” and other uses of the word “Christmas” know exactly what they are doing. They are disingenuous when they dismiss defenders of “Merry Christmas” as fabricating some “war on Christianity.” Of course it’s a war on Christianity — or, more precisely, a war on the religious nature of America.…

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SRC-TV, YouTube • Mon 2015 Dec 21, 8:03pm

…a veteran who landed in the hospital in September after suffering a heart attack had 2 dogs, Bailey and Blaze, and no one to take care of them. The situation was meant to be temporary. … But after weeks had passed, the dogs were put up for adoption.…a staff member hatched an idea. A volunteer put up the cash. More staffers and volunteers bought food, toys and other supplies. The man came back to the shelter and said he, again, needed a few days to find enough money.
But he was told that wouldn’t be necessary…

Dusty-eyes warning on this 2:46 video of the Vet and his dogs.
Bluebird of Bitterness • Tue 2015 Dec 15, 7:46pm

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Japanese square dancers, dancing to Christmas music by a Russian-born American Jewish songwriter. Now there’s multiculturalism for you.…