Saturday, December 24, 2011





‘The Spirit of Christmas’
From the golden era and a local Christmas tradition as WHYY (PBS) rebroadcasts them. Marionettes (the Santa doesn’t quite work), the gospel and one of those cut-glass announcer’s voices you don’t hear any more.

I like the thunder/gun/fireworks Annunciation.

Note that ‘Holiday greetings’ (politely including Jews) is nothing new, war-on-Christmas hype notwithstanding.





My plans: browsing the mall just for fun, la festa dei sette pesci (the Feast of Settling Things Like Joe Pesci) made by Donna’s dad, in his 70s, from Brooklyn, second-generation and the family’s last Italian speaker, and, for me and Donna, Tridentine Sung Mass. One gift I know of: something Don Draper would approve of. The rest will be a surprise.

Buon Natale/Merry Christmas!

And keep us mindful of the needs of others. Amen.

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