Category Archives: Christmas

Happy New Year with a Dinner for One

By Robert Willmann A short comedy sketch is a staple on New Year's Eve in Germany, featuring Miss Sophie and James the butler.  The introduction is in German and the skit is in English.  Happy New Year to All, and … Continue reading

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Bill Harris, The Bulge and Christmas 1944

 "Near-complete surprise was achieved by a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with Allied offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance. The Germans attacked a weakly defended section of the Allied line, taking advantage of heavily overcast weather conditions, which grounded the Allies' … Continue reading

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Minuit Chretien et Joyeux Noël

  Merry Christmas to you, every one.  pat

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The Huron Carol

    "When we've been there ten thousand years,Bright shining as the sun,We've no less days to sing God's praise,Than when we first begun." Amazing Grace  ————– “Twas in the moon of wintertime, when all the birds had fled,That … Continue reading

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My favorite Nativity scene,

I bought this one in Bethlehem from the Palestinian Christian who carved it.  God bless you every one.  pl

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“Winter Quarters” 1863-1864 Pat Lang ( from Death Piled Hard)

                                                Winter Quarters (Orange, Virginia)   "The seemingly endless time of cold darkness crept past in a succession of grey days and long nights. In its camps, the Army of Northern Virginia once again experienced the religious fervor that came … Continue reading

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Christmas in Pakistan (FB Ali)

Some pictures from a Karachi newspaper on a rally and procession on Karachi's main street — as part of the Xmas celebrations by the Christian community (in which many local Muslims join). There are more pictures in the paper (at … Continue reading

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Rough Men – TTG

  On this day in 1776, General Washington led his cold, ill fed and ill equipped army across the Delaware River to attack and decisively defeat the Hessian garrison at Trenton, New Jersey. It was a morning of bloody footprints … Continue reading

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An ‘Alid Christmas in Amman – reposted 20 December 2020

  It was  snowing heavily in Alexandria, Virginia when I first wrote this.  The moment reminded me of the time in the '80s when I was in Jerusalem and Amman on government business at Christmas time.  It had snowed heavily there as well, an … Continue reading

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“Joe at Christmas” by Basilisk

“He’s a plasterer,” we used to joke, “unless he’s plastered.” The subject of our youthful mirth was a guy named “Joe.” I’m not sure I ever knew his other name.  Some called him “wino Joe.” He was a fixture in … Continue reading

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