Category: Religious Holidays

Phillips Brooks: His Words Are Indelibly Inscribed in the Christmas Hymnal

Born today was Phillips Brooks. Reflecting on the Nativity in St. Luke’s Was inspired to write  a carolling gem: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.   A Sidebar of Interest: Phillips Brooks has been canonized by the Episcopal Church. His feast day falls on January 23.  

Cecil B. DeMille: A Director of Biblical Proportions

Born today:  Cecil B. DeMille Whose epic films are remembered still. And what would Easter or Passover be Without his  parting of the Red Sea?* * How DeMille did it: “The grand illusion of the Red Sea’s parting in the film was created by filming the dumping of 300,000 gallons of water into a tank. Then... Read more »

It's Over When The Fat Man Decamps

No more presents to be wrapped. No more children Santa-lapped. No more greeting cards to sign. No more waiting in a line. No more carolling off key. No more trimming of the tree. No more candy cane or bow. No more dreaming of some snow. No more elves or Mr. Claus. No more hearing reindeer... Read more »

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Somewhere Else!

How often they say or they write It’s not Christmas unless it is white. But my holiday’s best When I merrily rest Without even a snowflake in sight!

Test Your Hanukkah I.Q.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown today. What do you know about this Jewish holiday? I’ve taken 8 questions—one for each day— from a wonderful book written by Jennie Miller Helderman and Mary Caulkins, “Hanukkah Trivia, 150 Fun & Fascinating Facts about Hanukkah”.   Perfect score earns you a Big Mac(cabee)! 1. Where does... Read more »