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Monday, December 25, 2006

This week at Mayhem and the manger.

Carl Scovel responds to a Christmas card he received from a new minister, who asks: "Why didn't you warn me about Christmas pageants?" (His essay is an excerpt from his Skinner House collection, Never Far from Home: Stories from the Radio Pulpit, a personal favorite of mine.)

From the holiday archives: Michael Timko writes about Ebenezer Scrooge's conversion, Ken Sawyer reflects on what may be the most famous Unitarian Christmas carol, and Patricia Montley suggests that we value the dark of the winter solstice.

In the news, Don Skinner reports that members of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York, vowed to cut their holiday spending in half this year, giving the rest to charitable causes. They raised $60,000. And Sonja Cohen keeps her eye on Unitarian Universalists in the media, including congregations that generated press with their winter solstice celebrations. (The magazine offices are closed this week, so Sonja won't be updating the news blog again until January 4.)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 25 December 2006 at 12:42 PM

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December 27, 2006 02:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

As much as I thought Ken's piece was very interesting, we all need to admit and I am reluctant to do so, but James Pierpont's "Jingle Bells" kicks Sear's "Midnight Clear" right in the butt.

Now I think James was a loser who hated his father, left his sick wife and two kids with his parents so he could try to cash in on the Calf. gold rush. Eventually he moved to the South, joined the confederate army and had a whole second family down there.

but he was a Unitarian and he wrote Jingle Bells and that is that.


December 27, 2006 05:33 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yeah, "Jingle Bells" may be more famous than "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", but it isn't really a Christmas carol, it's just a ditty about a sleigh ride in wintertime.

For my money, the most famous Unitarian Christmas carol is "A Christmas Carol", by famous Unitarian Charles Dickens. (Okay, you can argue that it's really a novella and not a carol, but the title is the title.)

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