Category Archives: Chanukah

Christmas Story: The first chapters of a working draft of my New Novel of Jesus’s life

An image showing the basis of all this Christmas celebration.

An image showing the basis of all this Christmas celebration.

This has to be read in linked portions or it might crash this site. Here is the first chapter.  Then the second  chapter, the third chapter  and the fourth chapter as well as the fifth chapter are here in links. This is as you can see a bit of Christmas longer than this little passage. If you are still reading then continue with the sixth chapter, the seventh chapter, the eighth chapter, the ninth chapter, the tenth chapter and the eleventh chapter. You will becoming in for a long home stretch now with chapter twelve, chapter thirteen, chapter fourteen, chapter fifteen, chapter sixteen and chapter seventeen. Merry Christmas and Happy Feast of the Epiphany.

My niece's early Christmas can be remembered but not recaptured.

My niece’s early Christmas can be remembered but not recaptured.

In Time for the Holidays

The Feast of Christ the King came today  in our parish church’s celebration and it is a marker of many things on the calendar.  It means that Advent is coming up in short order on the Catholic calendar. That is a time of prayer and certain rituals that precedes the Christmas Season in the  Catholic Christian Church which runs from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany on January 6. The Official Church then reverts to ordinary time but the Catholic cultures of the world mostly celebrate carnival season from the Epiphany or Feast of the Wizard Kings to Mardi Gras which is the Tuesday before the fasting and penance of Lent. So it is a kind of New Year today that starts a series of seasons continuous all the way through lent to Easter.

It also signals the coming of Thanksgiving Day and the coming of the American Christmas Season which lasts from Thanksgiving until what used to be New Years but is now often a day or two after Christmas Day.  Football really cranks up this time of year as do some other things in the culture. Chanukah gets noticed as well and the new US Congress gears up to take office.

I am sure I will blog more about the holidays throughout this season if I can. However, the season really starts today for me. The sense that whatever one may actually mean “the holidays” are upon us…