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Why Do Christmas Pageants Make Us Laugh?

Lillian Daniel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Maybe it's the earnest Mary played by a girl who is twice the height of Joseph her erstwhile husband. Maybe it's the wandering toddler shepherd who keeps walking off the stage in search of his mother in the pews.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd.

Ding Dong Merrily: The Ridiculous Theology of Christmas Carols

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.

A Look At The Tiny, Magical Depictions Of Jesus' Birth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion

Mary, Joseph and a host of shepherds and magi gather around the infant Jesus where he lies in a manger. They are figures in a critical moment of relig...

Epiphany and the Polar Vortex

Carole Ganim | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

The good news is that religious life endures and thrives today, but it is very different and in the future it will be better.

Spilled Milk: Brokeback Bethlehem

William Lucas Walker | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

The 2005 Christmas pageant of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, for what I'm guessing was the first time in recorded history, Jesus had two daddies.

Demolishing A Christmas Fixation

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.23.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

My thoughts turn to God, who chose to live as a human being, beginning as a baby. God did not merely appear human or become similar to a human. God was human, stripped of divinity's power.

When Virgin Mary Statues Started To Move

Fortean Times | Posted 02.19.2012 | Weird News

In the summer of 1985,statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary all over Ireland started to move - at least according to the thousands-strong crowds who floc...

Newborn God: A Christmas Meditation On The Birth of Jesus

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph. Few things can provoke such intense worry as a newborn child. But few things promise such unreasonable hope, such unexpected change and such unbounded joy.

The World's Most Bizarre Christmas Traditions

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For children of all ages, Christmas conjures up enchanting visions of snowflakes, sleigh rides and sugar plums. But while the holidays may be universa...

The Virgin Mary: Spiritual Sister

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Scared child. Proud parent. Beloved icon. Soul sister. In her startlingly beautiful new book, author Judith Dupre uses each of these phrases to describe the Virgin Mary. It is the last -- "soul sister" -- that sparked my imagination.

GPS, Hidden Cameras Watch Over Baby Jesus

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn't follow a s...