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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
 

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
 

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

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75 Comments:

Anonymous David Richard December 25, 2012 11:11 AM  

Happy Birthday, Jesus. And thank you for sharing.

Anonymous Other Josh December 25, 2012 11:12 AM  

Merry Christmas, Vox, to you and your family!

Anonymous Other Josh December 25, 2012 11:18 AM  

The Word:
1.) Was with God in the beginning
2.) Was God, Himself
3.) Became flesh and made His dwelling among us

Immanuel - "God with us". What a wonderful gift!

Blogger thimscool December 25, 2012 11:18 AM  

Merry Christmas, Vox, Spacebunny, family, Ilk, and trolls, one and all.

Anonymous daddynichol December 25, 2012 11:22 AM  

The the Vox Day family, all the Dreaded Ilk and to those who need Christ's saving Grace the most, Merry Christmas!

Anonymous Charles the Buttoned December 25, 2012 11:22 AM  

Merry Christmas, Vox, to your family, and to those who have come to appreciate your wit, humor, and intelligence.

Anonymous Mike M. December 25, 2012 11:30 AM  

Amen, Vox.

And Merry Christmas, everyone.

Blogger JDC December 25, 2012 11:35 AM  

Merry Christmas, VP - one of the many things i am thankful for this year. God bless

Anonymous HardReturn December 25, 2012 11:37 AM  

Merry Christmas to Vox and family, Ilk, and assorted lurkers. Christmas brings the joy of God with us!

Anonymous beerme December 25, 2012 11:39 AM  

Merry Christmas to all

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2012 11:55 AM  

If anyone has not yet seen Beau's comment at the end of the The loneliest time of the year post, its worth a look.

Blogger Joshua_D December 25, 2012 12:35 PM  

Merry Christmas!

Blogger Duke of Earl December 25, 2012 12:54 PM  

Merry Christmas (although it's the day after here).

Anonymous Josh December 25, 2012 12:57 PM  

Merry Christmas to Vox, Spacebunny, their family, the dread ilk, and the trolls and lurkers.

Anonymous Salt December 25, 2012 1:04 PM  

Merry Christmas one and all.

Anonymous jay c December 25, 2012 1:12 PM  

Amen to that. I hope you all have a great day. i know I will.

Anonymous Stickwick December 25, 2012 1:15 PM  

A very Merry Christmas to everyone!

Anonymous Roundtine December 25, 2012 1:17 PM  

Merry Christmas everyone!

Anonymous Azimus December 25, 2012 1:35 PM  

Merry Christmas you crotchety would-be confederates! I give you joy in celebrating the birth of the Just Authority we all agree is worthy of our praise, our love, our loyalty, and our very lives. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous Good Will December 25, 2012 2:15 PM  

And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.
9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.
10 And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.
11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned.
12 But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
- from the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:8-12.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 25, 2012 2:37 PM  

Merry Christmas everyone!! Prayers, peace, mercy and grace to us all.

I rec'ed quite a call Saturday night, it was from my cousin. Their church took me shopping and bought a great deal of things for mom and dad's needs. I am so thankful, moved and very humbled by such a wondrous charity at this time.

Anonymous Kickass December 25, 2012 2:59 PM  

God Bless Vox and your family, The ILK, the trolls, Loki and even Tad.

God Bless you everyday.

For He has triumphed over death, now is the prince of this world overthrown.

Through God and Christ the Lord alone!

Blogger rcocean December 25, 2012 3:17 PM  

Remember, your heart may belong to Jesus, but your Ass belongs to the Corps.

Words of Wisdom.

Blogger parselmouth December 25, 2012 3:23 PM  

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Anonymous Kickass December 25, 2012 3:27 PM  

http://www.parablesblog.blogspot.com/

Dec 24 post is only slightly off topic. If any of the Ilk are more discerning then me, I thought you might be interested.

Blogger Duke of Earl December 25, 2012 4:26 PM  

Nutjob Christians. Yay.

Anonymous Curlytop December 25, 2012 4:49 PM  

I received the sweetest Christmas gift between the early hours of 2-5 this Christmas morning. My oldest, who is fast approaching those teenage years and becoming quite the formidable young man, couldn't sleep. We spent time looking at the tree in all its glory among a quiet home where all we love most slept. We talked about our favorite church services, memories of Papa(my dad) and most of all the joy of knowing that we were deemed worthy for our Creator to send us a Savior.

It's cool, dreary, and rainy, but we are warm, well-fed, and are blessedly assured of Salvation in Christ. What more could one ask for?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas to each one of you! What

Anonymous Curlytop December 25, 2012 4:50 PM  

That last line appeared out of no where! Aaah, the memories of Coo Cocoment! ;-)

Anonymous AXCrom December 25, 2012 4:52 PM  

"Nutjob Christians. Yay."

You know it, and we are far happier than you. What have you got that's better - long lines at the cash register and a Coca-Cola Santa? Cold reason and logic? Your grim, nihilistic atheistic POV? Today we celebrate, and we bask in the warmth of our Lord's birth with our families.

Here's the primary difference between us and yourself: We would welcome you (even doubtful you may be) into our churches and homes to celebrate the birth of Jesus with us, whereas what have you brought? Scorn and derision. Can you see the delta here?

Yes, this was an emotional appeal. Do I think it will be effective? No. But hey man, it's Christmas. With the emphasis on Christ, as it should be. Ooooh cinnamon roasted almonds, gotta split being the nutjob that I am. Merry CHRISTmas, Duke.

Anonymous Claymore December 25, 2012 5:04 PM  

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous RP-in-TX December 25, 2012 5:26 PM  

My wife gave me the Gospels volume of the St Johns Bible for Christmas, and the first passage I read when I opened it this morning was John 1. Synchronicity.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous willneverpostagain December 25, 2012 5:27 PM  

As long as I have internet access, I read this blog.

Since about 2003 or 2004. In the course of this time I have been taught a great many things about people, love, sin, salvation, and many other topics.

God Bless all here.

In the course of the discourse, if one should be found to have converted to Christ, then what joy there should be in Heaven!

Thanks be to God, and His Son Jesus Christ, whose Life and Death and Resurrection on Earth have made all the difference.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Anonymous scoobius dubious December 25, 2012 5:32 PM  

I'm not sure if this is sound theological exegesis, so ignore it or correct me if you think I'm in error... but I used to joke with some of my friends who were either unbelievers or else not very strong in faith, that if I had to go and preach the Gospel to the Martians, and somehow the text transmissions got screwed up so I could only have one single verse of scripture to use, I would choose this verse:

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, that someone planted in a field.

Today in a sense we celebrate the planting of that mustard seed, which now bears great fruit, and all the birds of the air come to nest in its branches. Noel.

Merry Christmas to all, and a happy, prosperous (?!? Can we still even _have_ prosperity, structurally speaking?) New Year.

scooby

Anonymous E. PERLINE December 25, 2012 5:41 PM  

I'm not a part of the Christian religion or any religion at all, and I can't quote scripture like some of the talented ILK can. But I'm sorry to see that the standard of living for most people this Christmas has gone down. It set me to thinking about what causes it. Here's my take. As machinery improves, the standard of living should also improve. Why would it go down?

I'm not an economist and I can't create charts like some of the talented ILK can. But I think I see a reason, although it isn't as much publicized. Theoretically, as production improves, the standard of living in the world should go up. Why doesn't it?

Here's my take on that--When government sees that production is at last catching up with demand, it says--now is the time to attach more sucking instruments to the great body of production. More taxes and regulations are the order of the day and we will increase our numbers by making government agencies larger than before. So it will continue as a cycle of ups and downs and it will continue until some humongous changes are made in our system.

Blogger Desert Cat December 25, 2012 6:40 PM  

Merry Christmas Ilk, Vox and Co.!

Blogger Desert Cat December 25, 2012 6:40 PM  

Merry Christmas Ilk, Vox and Co.!

Anonymous scoobius dubious December 25, 2012 6:47 PM  

Another of my favorite Christmas carols, in a beautiful rendition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5n6X9sUznI

It's so lovely I'll listen to it in any language, but personally I do prefer it in French:

Peuple, a genoux!
Attend ta delivrance!
Noel, Noel!
Voici le Redempteur!

I had a high-school math teacher who was very soft-spoken and mild-mannered, but at Christmas time he would belt this out in French (which we didn't know he spoke) in a beautiful majestic tenor voice which would've made Robert Plant run and cower under the bleachers. You never really know what's inside people, do you.

Anonymous Azimus December 25, 2012 6:52 PM  

Perline what data are you making your statement from? Just curious. Also OT.

Anonymous Anonymous December 25, 2012 6:56 PM  

Just made it...!

A happy and peaceful Christmas to Vox,Spacebunny,the Dread Ilk,contributors, readers and their families.

Blogger Kyle In Japan December 25, 2012 7:17 PM  

Merry Christmas to y'all. And thank God for Vox and the Ilk - while I may not always, or even most of the time, agree with all of you, it keeps me sharp.

Anonymous Lulabelle December 25, 2012 7:18 PM  

Merry Christmas to Vox and the Dread Ilk.

Blogger Fred December 25, 2012 7:54 PM  

Merry Christmas VoX. Hope your day was Christ centered.

Blogger The Aardvark December 25, 2012 7:57 PM  

Amen, Vox.

Happy Christmas to all!

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 25, 2012 8:03 PM  


"Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all;
Additionally,
a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes.*

*(Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.)"

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2012 8:13 PM  

Back atcha, TBG

Anonymous scoobius dubious December 25, 2012 8:15 PM  

Here's a marvelous bilingual (French/English) performance of "Cantique Noel", also featuring other dualisms: male/tenor v. female/soprano, swarthy v. blonde, two different styles of bel canto, two different schools of breathing, and also, amusingly, two opposing opinions of how to pronounce the consonant "t".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d48M4R0dbBA

All human languages are beautiful and valuable, of course, but sometimes I wonder if we need any others besides French and English: French for clarity, English for all the other virtues that aren't clarity: poetry, ambiguity, variability, gusto.

We could keep a few others as boutique luxuries: Italian for lovers' quarrels, German, Polish and Russian for crunchiness, Swedish for high-toned sophisticated comedy, Japanese for poetry and subtlety. I'm not sure I'd miss any of the others.



Anonymous The other skeptic December 25, 2012 8:30 PM  

On this Holy Day it might be appropriate to remember Kipling

I fear that:

The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

Anonymous DrTorch December 25, 2012 8:31 PM  

Renata Tebaldi: Tu scendi dalle stella


http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/21252-Best-Christmas-song,-ever.html

Anonymous Kriston December 25, 2012 8:37 PM  

Merry Christmas to all!

Anonymous DCM December 25, 2012 9:06 PM  

Merry Christmas to you, too, Vox.

I'm grateful to you for The Return of the Great Depression, The Irrational Atheist, Vox Popoli, Alpha Game, and your WND column. I've learned a great deal. I hope you enjoy maintaining your blogs as much as I enjoy reading them.

Anonymous DCM December 25, 2012 9:09 PM  

And Merry Christmas to the Dreaded Ilk and to fellow lurkers.

Blogger James Dixon December 25, 2012 9:12 PM  

A very late Merry Christmas to Vox, his family, and all the Ilk everywhere.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard December 25, 2012 9:14 PM  

Signe is temporarily without Internet access, and offered me a pan of brownies in exchange for wishing you all a merry Christmas.

Not being a fool, I bargained keenly; I held out for supper as well. Now I can cheerfully bid you all be merry.

Anonymous tdm December 25, 2012 9:31 PM  

Merry Christmas you all.

Anonymous cheddarman December 25, 2012 9:59 PM  

God bless us everyone!

And grooviness unto Vox, Spacebunny, the Ilk, and all their children!

sincerely

Cheddarman

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2012 10:01 PM  

The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. It is also known as the Canticle of Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the church. (Priests and other religious are required to pray sections from the Liturgy of the Hours each day.)

Although the Magnificat has had numerous musical settings from such composers as Palestrina, Bach and Mozart, it can be recited as well as sung. Its name comes from the first line of its text in Latin (“Magnificat anima mea Dominum”) translated in the first line below. Mary proclaims the Lord’s greatness with characteristic humility and grace here.


My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name;
And his mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.


In this canticle, the New Jerusalem Bible cites sixteen references to the Tanach.

There are also 2 to the writings of the apostles.

Mary was touched by the Holy Spirit, but was she also a Torah Scholar?

I think maybe so.

Anonymous Tumbleweed December 25, 2012 10:05 PM  

Family has just left after another wonderful Christmas day full of good food, fellowship and love. Oh yes, gifts too! I hope your Christmas was as happy as mine. May all of you be blessed in the coming year.

Anonymous drose December 25, 2012 10:08 PM  

Merry Christmas!

Blogger Doom December 25, 2012 10:33 PM  

Is "Ho, ho, ho!" out then? :p Merry Christmas to you and yourn.

Blogger Jamie-R December 25, 2012 10:44 PM  

Merry Christmas. Take your gifts, not wrapped, and spread them to the poor, in spirit.

Blogger Rantor December 25, 2012 11:28 PM  

Merry Christmas to all and to Dread Ilk a good night.

Praise God in all things

Blogger Wes December 25, 2012 11:56 PM  

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Anonymous Beau December 26, 2012 12:28 AM  

Take your gifts, not wrapped, and spread them to the poor, in spirit.

It is done. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous Play angry Birds December 26, 2012 1:21 AM  

Nice post..Wish you merry christmas and Happy new year...

Anonymous Stephen J. December 26, 2012 1:26 AM  

Merry Christmas, all, and may God look after you and your loved ones in the coming year; may He give us the grace to avoid trial and the strength to bear the trials that cannot be avoided.

Anonymous Freddy December 26, 2012 1:43 AM  

I totally know who Zeno is...I will wager big on this one.

Anonymous Freddy December 26, 2012 2:00 AM  

..you shall call him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sin."

Pray that He would redeem us and the wotld.

Blessings to all

Anonymous Fredfy December 26, 2012 2:03 AM  

Just like Mary, stained in sinful Adamic nature, you botn need the Redeemer

Anonymous Outlaw X December 26, 2012 2:58 AM  

What is to fear, there was thunder and snow on the day of the Lords birth. I thought it was the fever until the dog jumped into my bed and put his cold nose on me to wake for the storms. As if were his god and protector (me). I looked up at that big boy and said it is all vanity, all that has done been will burn out with the sun and the the snow thunder on the Lords birth means something to me, but you are a dog and have fear. But unlike men he didn't understand that one day the sun will burn and that every vanity of man will be destroyed, but like men he never understood a word I said as I rose from the bed or grave and comforted him even with a fever. He settled down and I got to rest again when the storms past.

Now beautiful white snow on the ground provided by someone much greater than me.

Anonymous The Great Martini December 26, 2012 3:44 AM  

A slightly different message.

Don't watch if it will ruin your Christmas glow (and it will).

Anonymous Outlaw X December 26, 2012 4:21 AM  

I figure to believe this is your last Christmas and give a gift from you and screw the bankers that Jesus ran out of the temples give a piece of yourself. as we are celebrating our family Christmas on the 27th because of complications.

Love and not Steve Jobs as I am sure he knows now takes the blue ribbon. We will see, and I'll bet on love any day and not things. I hope all of you had a merry Christmas and have many more.

We invited people we know without family over and hope they come. I thought mom might protest but she did not.

Anonymous rycamor December 26, 2012 12:48 PM  

The Great Martini December 26, 2012 3:44 AM

A slightly different message.

Don't watch if it will ruin your Christmas glow (and it will).


Not in the slightest. And I say this as an Eric Idle fan.

This Christmas the rycamor family had the gift of another family member who will be staying with us indefinitely. Mrs. rycamor's mother, now completely helpless due to aneurism and trauma from a bad fall, is now under our full-time care. So now in addition to the children, my wife has to care for her mother who is literally as helpless as a 140-lb infant--unable to talk, feed herself, change herself or anything. And I get to play the part of burly orderly for the heavy lifting. This was brought upon us literally 2 days before Christmas.

I bring it up only to muse at the wondrous Christmas spirit in the household in spite of these trials. My wife and eldest daughter managed to pull together one of the best Christmas dinners I have ever tasted. I don't know how she managed, really. We entertained 3 generations of my wife's family, represented by her mother, aunt, brother AND grandmother (I suspect this will be the last Christmas my children will have with their great-grandmother).

Yes, I usually look about the Christmas season as a massive pain. It interrupts the flow of life, the distractions and obligations are endless, and the commercial hype seems to get more strident each year. But oddly, this particular season with the most obligation and least reward has turned out to be one of the best.

What we have is hope. Hope that life will transcend this short arc of a few decades, racked by physical decline and disappointment, family squabbles, frustration of our goals, and separation from loved ones. For those who have hope, this tradition can bring warmth in even the most meager circumstances.

Anonymous The Great Martini December 26, 2012 6:30 PM  

You seem to have taken the lemons and made lemon aid, which is always a great thing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anonymous Glaceirman December 27, 2012 1:34 AM  

Merry Christmas to all the Popolites! May you walk in the revelation of the Father's Heart, the Righteousness of the Son and the Power of the Spirit. We will need to have our eyes and ears open to what the Father is doing in the days ahead, like never before.

May your obedience shine like a light on the hill!!

Anonymous bart hoffman December 31, 2012 10:13 AM  

Happy new year. This is to let you know that last Friday Beau had a minor stroke. he is in the
hospital in Albq. New Mexico. Beau was taking me to the va hospital for tests. We had been talking about how some people are simply to selfish to let other people to have their way in anything. About this time Beau started having his Tia. Proving to me that he is too selfish to allow me to have my way. Please pray for Beau. He is hopefully coming home tomorrow. Bart

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