“For unto you is born this day …”

posted at 12:01 am on December 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Luke 2:1-14:

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

The first Christmas gift is still the most blessed — the gift of our Savior, who washed away our sins and showed us the path of peace and love, and gave us the strength to transform the world.  May each of our readers have a blessed, holy Christmas (or holidays, if of other faiths) filled with love from family and friends.

Last evening, we watched The Nativity Story, which has become our Christmas Eve tradition.  The Anchoress, one of my favorite faith bloggers and a truly wonderful and insightful person, posted this song which uses the climactic sequence from the film. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Thank the Lord for the first Christmas and now we have a Redeemer who has bought and paid for our sins, God Bless to all those who shall seek Him. Merry Christmas to all.

garydt on December 25, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Merry Christmas!

Ted Torgerson on December 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Merry Christmas to everyone at Hot Air!

beachgirlusa on December 25, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Merry Christmas to every one at HA, including AP:=) Special thanks to the men and women of the military who are serving now and cannot be with their loved ones, stateside.

It is snowing out here in Minnesota and has been for the last few days and is making for a rather pretty white Christmas – they way Christmas should be !

nagee76 on December 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM

A thrill of Hope,
The weary world rejoices.
For yonder breaks,
A new and Glorious morn!

Oh night when Christ was born!

Merry Christmas to all at Hot Air!!!!!

TN Mom on December 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Eternal Green

A Christmas Eve
Long past and gone
The Yuletide Carol
Of a heart gone wrong

We voyeur here
Old Scrooge and young
The Spirits Three
And the wisdom wrung

As it unfolds
The Carol play
I shed a tear
For the heart once gay

Then as the nails
Of life drive in
And hang the heart
We see all man’s sin

Dear Mister Scrooge
For you a prayer
Your broken heart
Be it mended here

Though stranded be
On rocky shoal
God’s lifeboat sent
Here to save us all

So sing with Joy
And raise the strain
Light trees of love
And redeem our pain

That we like Scrooge
May all walk free
Accept God’s gift
Of Eternal Green

Beto Ochoa on December 25, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Vidám karácsony to everyone ( even AtheistPundit )

Janos Hunyadi on December 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Merry Christmas to all.

justltl on December 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

xplodeit on December 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Merry Christmas to all…

SHARPTOOTH on December 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM

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AMEN! And MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
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John Bibb
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rocketman on December 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Merry Christmas to all, and many, many more!!

JohnGalt23 on December 25, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Glaedelig Jul! (from dad’s side of the family)

Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Start im neuen Jahr! (from mom’s side of the family)

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM

A Merry White Christmas from Texas!

bikermailman on December 25, 2009 at 12:04 PM

The song is so sweet – and it reminds me of the Gift of the Magi – O.Henry’s short story – one of my favorite Christmas stories.

nagee76 on December 25, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Merry Christmas to all here on HotAir.

I know things look very grim, but I wish for all of you Joy Unspeakable and full of God’s Glory. Because in the end, what is right and true will win even if we pass through valley of the shadow.

Mommynator on December 25, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Merry Christmas Airheads. We have much to be thankful about. We need to realize that Jesus is everything. It doesn’t matter if we lose the health care debate, taxes go up, and our countries economy goes down and down – we have JESUS! If anyone doesn’t believe and accept Him, I really hope that today you will come to know Him. In light of eternity this is nothing. This will pass away but your soul will live forever.

God bless everyone.

flash044 on December 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Barely Off Topic: George Washington crossed the Delaware this evening, en route to a morale-boosting victory against the British and Hessians encamped in New Jersey.

unclesmrgol on December 25, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Marry Christmas, Ed and thanks for the post. It was very nice.

Terrye on December 25, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Completely snowed in with blizzard conditions from Christmas Eve until sometime Saturday morning…

It is so nice to be safe and warm at home for Christmas. Can’t wait to see the kids, hopefully late Saturday if the plows can make it through.

Merry Christmas to all!

kam582 on December 25, 2009 at 12:35 PM

JOY MUSIC LIST
December 7, 2008

THEME: CBS MDK 44651
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: “My Spirit Be Joyful” from Cantata 146
Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York/Richard Kapp

1. RCA Victor 7787-2 “Ceremonies of Carols” 5’11
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Ceremony of Carols: Wolcum Yole! (1’18), There Is
No Rose (2’33), This Little Babe (1’20)
The Philadelphia Singers/Michael Korn; Heidi Lehwalder, harp

2. RCM 19605 “Christmas” 4’03
JOHN RUTTER/orch Tony Fox: What Sweeter Music
Los Angeles Master Chorale/Paul Salamunovich

3. Luther College Recordings LCRNC 06-1 “The Road Home” 5’56
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres (from Hodie)
The Nordic Choir/Craig Arnold

FIRST COMMERCIAL BREAK

4. SMCD 5055 “Welcome Yule!” 6’14
Arr. ALFRED WHITEHEAD: Good Christian Men, Rejoice (1’52)
The Echo Carol (1’58)
Master in This Hall (2’24)
The Elmer Iseler Singers/Elmer Iseler

5. Greenville College “The Journey: Come, Let Us Join” 6’59
TODD SMITH/arr. Brad Holmes: Noel
HENRY J. GAUNTLETT/arr.Jeffrey Van” Once in Royal David’s City
The Greenville College Choir/Jeffrey S. Wilson

SECOND COMMERCIAL BREAK

6. BSSL 2006 “Gloria! Christmas with the Bach Society of Saint Louis” 18’48
(available at http://www.bachsociety.org)
JOHN RUTTER: Gloria (version for full orchestra)
Gloria in excelsis (5’47), Domine Deus (7’08), Quoniam tu solus sanctus (5’53)
The Bach Society of Saint Louis Chorus and Orchestra/A. Dennis Sparger

THEME

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM

God bless us, every one!

Venusian Visitor on December 25, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Merry Christmas Airheads. We have much to be thankful about. We need to realize that Jesus is everything. It doesn’t matter if we lose the health care debate, taxes go up, and our countries economy goes down and down – we have JESUS! If anyone doesn’t believe and accept Him, I really hope that today you will come to know Him. In light of eternity this is nothing. This will pass away but your soul will live forever.

God bless everyone.

flash044 on December 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM

A-MEN!

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Merry Christmas, Hot Air folk!

peski on December 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM

What a glorious day! God bless us all.

publiuspen on December 25, 2009 at 12:44 PM

If anyone doesn’t believe and accept Him, I really hope that today you will come to know Him.

Merry Christmas to everyone, just one comment on that one. Why do you have to hope I accept Jesus? Why can’t I be content in my other beliefs? Being coercive is not the way for religion to grow. Hope this doesn’t get anyone too upset…Wish you all joyous times and a Happy New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Why can’t I be content in my other beliefs? Being coercive is not the way for religion to grow. Hope this doesn’t get anyone too upset…Wish you all joyous times and a Happy New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Oh quit it, you buzzkill. It beats the pants off of “convert or die,” doesn’t it?

Merry Christmas Captain Ed, AP, et. al.

gryphon202 on December 25, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Merry Christmas HotAir.

“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” – G.K. Chesterton

Sapwolf on December 25, 2009 at 1:04 PM

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Because we love you. Yes, it is that simple you knucklehead.

Sapwolf on December 25, 2009 at 1:05 PM

OK, wrong forum, nobody is responding respectfully. Merry Christmas.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Wonderful Christology message. Very beautiful, with music included.

The Christmas Hymn, “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

Pastor Paul McCain of Concordia Publishing House

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”
by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

1. “From heaven above to earth I come
To bear good news to every home;
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
Whereof I now will say and sing:

2. “To you this night is born a child
Of Mary, chosen virgin mild;
This little child, of lowly birth,
Shall be the joy of all the earth.

3. “This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford;
He will Himself your Savior be
From all your sins to set you free.

4. “He will on you the gifts bestow
Prepared by God for all below,
That in His kingdom, bright and fair,
You may with us His glory share.

5. “These are the tokens ye shall mark:
The swaddling-clothes and manger dark;
There ye shall find the Infant laid
By whom the heavens and earth were made.”

6. Now let us all with gladsome cheer
Go with the shepherds and draw near
To see the precious gift of God,
Who hath His own dear Son bestowed.

7. Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes!
What is it in yon manger lies?
Who is this child, so young and fair?
The blessed Christ-child lieth there.
8. Welcome to earth, Thou noble Guest,
Through whom the sinful world is blest!
Thou com’st to share my misery;
What thanks shall I return to Thee?

9. Ah, Lord, who hast created all,
How weak art Thou, how poor and small,
That Thou dost choose Thine infant bed
Where humble cattle lately fed!

10. Were earth a thousand times as fair,
Beset with gold and jewels rare,
It yet were far too poor to be
A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.

11. For velvets soft and silken stuff
Thou hast but hay and straw so rough,
Whereon Thou, King, so rich and great,
As ’twere Thy heaven, art throned in state.

12. And thus, dear Lord, it pleaseth Thee
To make this truth quite plain to me,
That all the world’s wealth, honor, might,
Are naught and worthless in Thy sight.

13. Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

14. My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep;
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle-song:

15. Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto us His Son hath given!
While angels sing with pious mirth
A glad new year to all the earth.

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #85
Text: Luke 2: 1-18
Author: Martin Luther, 1535
Tune: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her
Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1855, alt.
1st published in: “Geistliche Lieder” Leipzig, 1539

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 1:12 PM

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 1:08 PM

It seems to me everyone responded respectfully. They love you and want you to know the joy they know.

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Merry Christmas, Capitalist Thug.
And Merry Christmas to all the freedom loving patriots here at Hot Air.

Tom_OC on December 25, 2009 at 1:19 PM

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PCR is hard hitting, thought provoking, fiercely Biblical and always Christ Centered.

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Merry Christmas All!

AsianGirlInTights on December 25, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Merry Christmas to all at Hot Air

wepeople on December 25, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Merry Christmas my fellow hotair participants!

To FLcapitalistthug: I disagree with the lines of OmahaConservative in that the present DOES matter and I believe God does want us to fight for what is right in this world now.

On the other hand you are completely wrong in labeling that comment as coercive. There is no threat against your person expressed in that comment. Merely a hope. ObamaConservative can hope all he likes and we are none the worse for it. Or in your case, none the better.

But is ObamaConservative writing the truth or is it a statement of the athiest? Reading between the lines and not the lines, I smell cynicism regarding Christianity and a dislike for the way things are going in this country in the comment. I leave that interpretation up to you.

I get a whiff of athiest in ObamaConservative. Perhaps you were upwind of the comment at the time.

As for me, I could care less whether anyone believes in a peaceful religion or not, as long as they leave me alone.

I am afraid, however, that an athiest brought out the troll in you to some extent. Not TOO much. Just a touch.

Boil it down, and I bet both of you dislike the current Obummer administration.

Strange bedfellows.

I might have this wrong. I hope not TOO wrong.

I say Merry Christmas from my tradition to yours, not expecting you to believe the way I do–just trying to extend my good will to others.

Do unto to others is pretty good, I think.

But coercion need not apply. I ask it to stay back or else.

Good will to people of good will, I say. Does not mean we are perfect for we are never perfect. But some are much less perfect than acceptable. I have no good will toward evil and in that I am Old Testament.

Merry Christmas!

Sherman1864 on December 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Matthew 1
18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Matthew 2

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Merry Christmas to all my HA friends–and trolls! Looking forward to the New Year when we can kick some Dem butt!!

lovingmyUSA on December 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Merry Christmas to all the hot air crew.

Gracelynn on December 25, 2009 at 2:04 PM

HYVA JOULU from the sub arctic.

Merry Christmas, and may 2010 be the year where USA takes “America” back!

you betcha!

pabo on December 25, 2009 at 2:15 PM

OK, wrong forum, nobody is responding respectfully. Merry Christmas.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 1:08 PM

So let me get this straight…

On Christmas, you open a thread entitled “For unto you is born this day” which contains story of Christ’s birth contained in the Christian Gospel of Luke…

…and then show faux-outrage because you found overtly Christian sentiments in the comments??

Seriously dude, if this kind of stuff “bothers” you, why in the world did you even click on the link?

Religious_Zealot on December 25, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Merry Christmas to everyone, just one comment on that one. Why do you have to hope I accept Jesus? Why can’t I be content in my other beliefs? Being coercive is not the way for religion to grow. Hope this doesn’t get anyone too upset…Wish you all joyous times and a Happy New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM

And, Lord, bless the thin-skinned, too.

nico on December 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Merry Christmas everyone and God bless our troops and their families!

califdreamnred on December 25, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Why do you have to hope I accept Jesus?

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM

ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s OK, FLcapitalistthug….really.

jay12 on December 25, 2009 at 2:33 PM

A very merry & joyous Christmas, & a happy prosperous New Year to all here at HotAir!

kg598301 on December 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Merry Christmas!

INC on December 25, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Merry Christmas to everyone at Hot Air… it’s where I go for a breath of sanity in my day although I don’t always comment. As for the person who was upset that someone wished that those who have not found Jesus do, please know that it is said out of love and hope and not meant to be patronizing. There is no greater wish that a Christian can make for someone so at least accept it for the spirit behind it. And a joyful Christmas to you either way. :)

athenanyc on December 25, 2009 at 3:01 PM

How wonderful, Ed. The solo at church last night was Breath of Heaven. (Mrs. was playing piano, but they did that with only acoustic guitar and voice.) The service did both Luke 1 and 2. How many of us would have been the doubting Zechariah rather than the faithful Mary or Elizabeth?

Since it’s my job to hold up the Armenian on Hot Air and at the Green Room, let me add a Surp Dznount yev shenorhavor nor dari!

King Banaian on December 25, 2009 at 3:09 PM

May the joy, peace and love of Christmas make a home in your heart, this season and throughout the year!

Haven’t been on in a while, working a lot of overtime in retail at this time. Have missed all the great people here.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

Jvette on December 25, 2009 at 3:13 PM

“God Bless Us Everyone”! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!……….

clinker46 on December 25, 2009 at 3:24 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone at HA – have a blessed and peace filled day & GO Super Chargers!! woot!!

Ris4victory on December 25, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Merry Christmas Ed! & everyone else here at Hot Air too!

lexhamfox on December 25, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Merry Christmas everyone and God Bless America and may God Bless all our troops and their families. 2009 may not have been all good for some of us but I am sure looking forward to 2010.
Bless Michelle, Allah, and Ed and all bloggers who make this the best site around.

KCinLV on December 25, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Back on board for a short visit.

Wonderful news last night via an unconventional route: we learned my brother-in-law and his wife would become grandparents for the fifth time come August (the announcement occurred during our annual white elephant gift exchange as part of the last gift in the stack and was told to us all by my sister-in-law, whose turn it was to pick a gift!)

Tomorrow my wife and I will get to see our grandson. He was born out of wedlock to our daughter in September 2006; she and the father chose to have the child and to give him up in an open adoption. His adoptive parents were present at his birth. I was so proud of our daughter’s courage and maturity in taking the path she did on her own accord and I love her and her son with all my heart.

Merry Christmas to you all and God bless!

ya2daup on December 25, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I failed to add that listening to the first portion of Handel’s Messiah has been a highlight of the Christmas season for me every year since I was a teenager.

Merry Christmas!

ya2daup on December 25, 2009 at 4:17 PM

My collie says:

Merry Christmas to everyone and ESPECIALLY to the HotAir atheists and the HotAir trolls! — we are praying for you.

Now collie, you KNOW that sayng things like that ONLY serves to make them foam at the mouth, don’t you?

My collie says:

Yeah. I know.

CyberCipher on December 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Thanks for the scripture passages to all who shared them; they renew the spirit and refresh the soul – pure beauty.

Merry Christmas and may God be with us and be merciful to us in the New Year.

tigerlily on December 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

go ‘elf yourself’ and send it to family and friends. best free ecard evah

merry Christmas and God bless the USA

Shawn92101 on December 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM

And in this incredible birth, let us not forget it’s ultimate Omega: The Two Questions of ‘A Child Who Is to Rule … ’

Not only a Merry Christmas to all, but a blessed New Year!

simeon on December 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

OK, wrong forum, nobody is responding respectfully. Merry Christmas.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Oh, CMON! Tell me this isn’t one of the best Christmas songs ever!

Saltysam on December 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Merry Christmas everybody!!!

in the words of Tiny Tim, God Bless us, every one

ginaswo on December 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM

¡Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas, everybody, from a Puerto Rican girl in Texas.

A little coda here – Feliz Navidad

newton on December 25, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Give if you are able. They deserve it!

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

faol on December 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Merry Christmas and God’s great blessings to all at HotAir!

MochaLite on December 25, 2009 at 7:38 PM

May the GOOD LORD bless you and yours and keep you and yours safe throughout 2010.

In the name of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!!

Bubba Redneck on December 25, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Merry Christmas Airheads. We have much to be thankful about. We need to realize that Jesus is everything. It doesn’t matter if we lose the health care debate, taxes go up, and our countries economy goes down and down – we have JESUS! If anyone doesn’t believe and accept Him, I really hope that today you will come to know Him. In light of eternity this is nothing. This will pass away but your soul will live forever.

God bless everyone.

flash044 on December 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM

And all God’s people said “AMEN!!!

Bubba Redneck on December 25, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Religious_Zealot on December 25, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Didn’t mean to offend you, although calling me a “thin-skinned” “troll” doesn’t make anyone’s argument more convincing. I apologize if I offended anyone today, but if you hope someones accepts something, to me you’re assuming they’re operating at an inferior level of understanding. I adore the marketplace of ideas that is the USA, but I don’t like people telling me they “hope” I come around to a certain point of view. I wish more people could make direct comments or questions rather than snide one-liners. Again I really apologize if I offended anyone, and have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Frohe Weihnachten! Prosit Neujahr!

Beautiful selection Ed – enjoyed the link.

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM

I’ll have to listen to your music list OC. :-)

As far as contemporary music goes, has anyone here listened to the Singers Unlimited Christmas album? For me it epitomizes the Christmas holiday. There are at least five original Christmas carols on Side A, not recorded by anyone else AFAIK. (It took them until the 90′s to release the album on CD but it was worth the wait!)

RD on December 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

bluesdoc70 on December 25, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Hi Ed and everybody!

Never saw that movie; shortly afterwards she was in some sort of scandal. But it was beautiful indeed! Feliz Navidad a todos ustedes! Merry Christmas, and I hope you got all that you asked for (and more!) ;) I know I did, and I am in stop #2.

Hectic Christmas Eve, and now an awesome Christmas Day. Thanks also, to all the mall employees, and folks at Target and Wal-Mart who wished all of us Merry Christmas.

The battle of Christmas has won.

ProudPalinFan on December 25, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Didn’t mean to offend you, although calling me a “thin-skinned” “troll” doesn’t make anyone’s argument more convincing. I apologize if I offended anyone today, but if you hope someones accepts something, to me you’re assuming they’re operating at an inferior level of understanding. I adore the marketplace of ideas that is the USA, but I don’t like people telling me they “hope” I come around to a certain point of view. I wish more people could make direct comments or questions rather than snide one-liners. Again I really apologize if I offended anyone, and have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I just don’t why I called you thin-skinned. What a mystery.

Merry Christmas and lighten up.

nico on December 25, 2009 at 9:10 PM

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Thanks, Omaha…I printed it out and will share with my family. Send him hugs from me, if he can’t make it and read here. I love you, your guys and want you all safe and sound.

May you come home soon to our lovely state of Pennsylvania.

xoxo, PPF

ProudPalinFan on December 25, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Merry Christmas to all, but I must criticize any business open today. I saw that a local Hardee’s and Walgreen’s will be open for business on Dec 25. This is a time when their employees should be with their families. Even Wal-mart does that.

KillerKane on December 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM

Not in my neck of the woods. ????

ProudPalinFan on December 25, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Wonderful post, Ed.

Merry Christmas to all, but especially to our brave troops. May God bless you and keep you safe!

NebCon on December 25, 2009 at 9:30 PM

¡Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas, everybody, from a Puerto Rican girl in Texas.

A little coda here – Feliz Navidad

newton on December 25, 2009 at 5:27 PM

*waving wildly*

Una boricua en el foro!!! Weeeepaaaaaa!!!!

ProudPalinFan on December 25, 2009 at 9:42 PM

May no one forget the true reason for our celebrations this day. God bless and Merry Christmas.

raxx on December 25, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Didn’t mean to offend you, although calling me a “thin-skinned” “troll” doesn’t make anyone’s argument more convincing.
FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM

You didn’t “offend” anyone here.

We’re just wondering WHAT exactly you were expecting when you clicked on the link and started reading the comments.

And, I might add, if you don’t LIKE being called a “thin skinned troll” then maybe you shouldn’t ACT like a “thin skinned troll.”

I mean, only a “thin skinned troll” would voluntarily click a link to a overtly Christian post and then put on airs of faux outrage about being “offended” to find genuine Christian sentiments being offered and shared.

Religious_Zealot on December 25, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Didn’t mean to offend you, although calling me a “thin-skinned” “troll” doesn’t make anyone’s argument more convincing. I apologize if I offended anyone today, but if you hope someones accepts something, to me you’re assuming they’re operating at an inferior level of understanding. I adore the marketplace of ideas that is the USA, but I don’t like people telling me they “hope” I come around to a certain point of view. I wish more people could make direct comments or questions rather than snide one-liners. Again I really apologize if I offended anyone, and have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM

NOTE: Emphasis in the above quote are mine.

1. The reasons one argues are to present one’s case and to win over one’s opponent.

2. If you are a Liberal then you are, by definition, operating from an inferior level of understanding and need to be corrected. Of course the old saying, “you can not fix stupid” applies in many cases when dealing with Liberals, but not to all so we save whom we can.

3. Regarding your last bit above that you do not “like” people telling you they hope you’ll come around to a certain point of view. Excellent! The First Amendment works every time it is tried! No wonder dictators, despots and communists across time and space have feared, more than anything else, the basic truths it and its nine brothers embody.

Merry Christmas

Bubba Redneck on December 25, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Merry Christmas everybody,even vox,pr,simon and the rest of the antagonists who keep things lively here ; ).Special thanks to Michelle,Ed and Allah for making this (arguably) the best “right wing site”.And special holiday greetings for anyone present or former military,their families,and anyone spending the holiday alone…youre not alone!

theTarCzar on December 25, 2009 at 10:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JC2ouTZXKs

Traditionally, this is sung by a hefty Lutheran lady at any of the churches I have ever belonged to, but this is good.

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I went to a beautiful Mass last night at the cathedral in Peoria. The bishop was wearing Fulton Sheen’s old pectoral cross.

It simply blows the mind to think of how the eternal God humbled Himself to become man, to look at us with human eyes, to speak to us with a human voice, to touch us with human hands. It is a reminder to all of us that God is not distant; He is here. Love is not some vague ideal; love took on flesh and walked among us. This love overwhelms me. It is greater than we can fathom, yet He gives it in abundance in spite of our unworthiness. Or perhaps because of it; He seeks to make us worthy. In fact, it is because He cannot help but love, because He is love. And Christmas is the revelation of that love to the world.
God bless everyone at HA (even the trolls).

VanPalin on December 25, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Laura in Maryland on December 26, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Merry Christmas to all, but I must criticize any business open today. I saw that a local Hardee’s and Walgreen’s will be open for business on Dec 25. This is a time when their employees should be with their families. Even Wal-mart does that.

KillerKane on December 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM

I checked around these parts — the only open businesses around here today seemed to be (1) chain drug stores, (2) Chinese/Korean restaurants, (3) halal butcher shops, and (4) Mexican stores and businesses.

The only one I knew to be traditional is Chinese restaurants. They’ve been catering to folks’ Christmas dinner palates for a long while now. Don’t know what’s going on with the drug stores. The other businesses didn’t even exist until recently, so there you go :-).

P.S. Vietnamese businesses: Closed.

RD on December 26, 2009 at 1:05 AM

VanPalin on December 25, 2009 at 11:07 PM

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VERY WELL PUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bubba Redneck on December 26, 2009 at 4:54 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and to all a good morning after Christmas!
I missed the family at Hot Air because I was enjoying the holiday with my immediate family. Back to work today but I am definately looking forward to ushering in a new and better year.

Vince on December 26, 2009 at 7:26 AM

Again I really apologize if I offended anyone, and have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

FLcapitalistthug on December 25, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I found you more offended than actually offending, but whatever.

gryphon202 on December 26, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Merry Christmas Michelle, Ed and yes you too AP!

MechEng5by5 on December 26, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Ed,

I love you even more today than I ever thought I possibly could. Thank you so much as that was beautiful. I wish you and your family all the Blessings life has to offer and thank you for keeping us informed, and especially with this, inspired.

Happy New Year my friend.

Maria

PS-Thank you to all of our troops. May God keep us all safe and always bless the USA.

margategop517 on December 28, 2009 at 12:37 AM

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