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Feast of Stephen

By the time Franz Hals painted this whimsical portrait, jesters and troubadours had been singing narrative ballads for many years… perhaps even this one: Good King Wenceslaus went out On the Feast of Stephen, When the snow lay round about … Continue reading

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day! This is not the way I remember it.  It used to be the day put the house in order… remove the wrapping paper and bows, restore the dining room table to its usual size, take the extra chairs … Continue reading

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Archie and the Pogues

Faith, Family, Food, Festivities, Finances… miss even one of these and your Fun may be… no I won’t say it. I promise not to be cynical. But do watch these for a reality check! Christmas day at the Bunkers from  … Continue reading

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Silent Night

Jackie Evancho has an amazing voice and astonishing poise for such a young girl! I wish PBS had been able to run her “special” again tonight or tomorrow.  Here she is, singing three favourite carols. You can find more on … Continue reading

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Santa: Math and Science

NORAD has for many years maintained a Christmas Eve tradition of tracking Santa by satellite as he allegedly travels around the world. What began as a clever spoof has evolved in to a major operation, with volunteers manning the phones … Continue reading

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Santa

Most people can agree on what Santa Claus looks like – jolly, with a red suit and a white beard. But he didn’t always look that way, as Coca‑Cola advertising actually helped shape this modern-day image of Santa. The Coca-Cola … Continue reading

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Either, Neither, or Both?

Christmas… as we celebrate in North America … is a strange combination of traditions, myths and legends, images and symbols. The Biblical narrative has been distorted into an incredible story that now seems set in stone… do not criticize, alter, … Continue reading

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