“For to us, a child is born …”

posted at 12:01 am on December 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” — Luke 2:8-14

 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas, from all of us to all of you. Here is a clip from The Nativity Story in celebration of Christ’s birth:

Note: I took the front-page picture in Rome earlier this year.  This is a portion of a tapestry on display in the Vatican’s museum, a medieval (I believe) rendering of the Nativity.  For obvious reasons, I could not use a flash, but the beauty of the tapestry still can easily be seen.

Here’s a larger view of the picture:

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Merry Christmas Ed, Allah, Tina and fellow commentors all.

txmomof6 on December 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM

OC, I am so glad you are back, I’ve missed all your posts especially from your hymnbook! Merry Christmas!

txmomof6 on December 25, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I hope you all had a merry Christmas.

Unfortunately, there was no CHristmas ceebration in Washington, D.C. because they could not find three wise men.

WhatNot on December 25, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Merry Christmas to Hot Air..:)

PS..A little music..Please Celebrate Me Home..:)

Dire Straits on December 25, 2011 at 2:53 PM

A very merry and blessed Christmas from sunny Chicago!
Favorite song–Mormon Tabernacle Choir–O Come All Ye Faithful.
Sums up the day beautifully for me, puts me into tears every time.

herm2416 on December 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

O/T: for OmahaC. You are the first commenter’s name I started to notice when I first learned of hotair (Scott Brown was running). I sure am glad to see your name here this weekend!

herm2416 on December 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I am eternally grateful that God gave us His Son, revealing Himself through Christ.

Merry Christmas to all!

Pazman on December 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Merry Christmas, everyone!

dogsoldier on December 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Merry Christmas! (If you are offended by these two simple words, then get over it!)

http://www.rongoulden.com/Literary.htm

xmanvietnam on December 25, 2011 at 3:46 PM

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

Bambi on December 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Happy Holidays.

bmmg39 on December 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Merry Christmas to everyone here, and may the Lord God bless our country and the American people in the coming year.

jazzuscounty on December 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Merry Christmas

Caststeel on December 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Merry Christmas to all here at Hot Gas! hee hee

Typing this on my new iPad. The boss got all of us employees one for Christmas, even though he’s Jewish. He’s such a great guy. Life is good down here in Texas. Hope the coming year brings the prosperity we’ve had here to the rest of our great country!

kg598301 on December 25, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Just in case nobody else has linked this.

Caststeel on December 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Christmas Upside-down

This was played at my friend’s Christmas Eve church service and they promptly shared it on Facebook. So here I am, spreading the joy. ^^

God gave me my Christmas gift really early this year: a beautiful baby girl born in June. ^^ I wish you all a Merry Christmas and may you all feel as blessed as I do this year.

EternalMalachi on December 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5rMQ6P12WY&feature=related

Ya gotta see and hear this.

Cleombrotus on December 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Merry Christmas, to Ed, AP, Tina, Jazz, Howard, and all the folks who hang out here.


Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared tot them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord has made known to us.” So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. When they saw him, they related what they had been told about this child, and all who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean.

So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told.

Luke 2:8-20 NET

psrch on December 25, 2011 at 6:43 PM

A little late to this gathering but MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Vince on December 25, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Christmas Upside-down

This was played at my friend’s Christmas Eve church service and they promptly shared it on Facebook. So here I am, spreading the joy. ^^

God gave me my Christmas gift really early this year: a beautiful baby girl born in June. ^^ I wish you all a Merry Christmas and may you all feel as blessed as I do this year.

EternalMalachi on December 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Congratulations on one of God’s greatest gifts of innocence.

herm2416 on December 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Even though I’m no longer a christian, I’d still like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Hope everyone has had a good day no matter how they celebrated it.

hatecraft on December 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Merry Christmas everyone.

Logboy on December 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Had the worst year of my life, but I stopped and was thankful for the Blessings I do have, My 2 sons, my daughter, my wonderful daughter in-law with a new grandson on the way, and my 6 grandkids. Plus my wonderful husband. I am Blessed!

lisa fox on December 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

lisa fox on December 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Will keep you in prayer Lisa.

kg598301 on December 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM

lisa fox on December 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

And I hope you never have another year like this, it sounds like you have many blessings and more on the way. Prayers for your future happiness. Merry Christmas.

Cindy Munford on December 25, 2011 at 9:54 PM

lisa fox on December 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

And I hope you never have another year like this, it sounds like you have many blessings and more on the way. Prayers for your future happiness. Merry Christmas.

Cindy Munford on December 25, 2011 at 9:54 PM

^This^

Flora Duh on December 25, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Thanks to all of you here at HotAir–as at least one other poster has also said, the open registration was like an early Christmas present to me. Merry Christmas to all, and God bless you now and in the New Year 2012.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on December 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Merry Christmas to all & to all a Good Night!

huskerdiva on December 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Sue Doenim on December 25, 2011 at 10:30 PM

lisa fox on December 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM
And I hope you never have another year like this, it sounds like you have many blessings and more on the way. Prayers for your future happiness. Merry Christmas.

Cindy Munford on December 25, 2011 at 9:54 PM

lisa fox on December 25, 2011 at 9:41 PM

And I hope you never have another year like this, it sounds like you have many blessings and more on the way. Prayers for your future happiness. Merry Christmas.

Cindy Munford on December 25, 2011 at 9:54 PM
^This^

Flora Duh on December 25, 2011 at 10:09 PM

and ^This^

KOOLAID2 on December 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Cindy Munford on December 25, 2011 at 8:19 AM
Merry Christmas darlin’

OmahaConservative on December 25, 2011 at 8:25 AM

She was looking for you…since you were MIA.
Home, for Christmas.

KOOLAID2 on December 25, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Hope that helps.

Merry Christmas!! I enjoyed that site too:-)

bluefox on December 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Thanks! That helped.

Merry Christmas!

KendraWilder on December 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Merry Christmas to everyone.

CTpatriot on December 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Merry Christmas and the Season’s Best to all here at Hot Air: Writers, Commenters, and even Lurkers!

Hope you all had a joyous day!

KendraWilder on December 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

God bless us, everyone.

lynncgb on December 25, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Merry Christmas! I’m not ignoring you, I’m making sausage balls. I emailed you.

Cindy Munford on December 25, 2011 at 9:23 AM

email the leftovers to me darlin’ I’d love some pork balls…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Cm in AZ. Mom of six in TX, Dire and all I love here whom I have missed–I love and pray for y’al regular and have missed you all…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:20 AM

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I am just SO GLAD you are back..:)

PS..We will leave the light on for you..:):)

Dire Straits on December 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM

PS..We will leave the light on for you..:):)

Dire Straits on December 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Even when I need to make one of my famous pit stops Jenfidel hates so much?

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Even when I need to make one of my famous pit stops Jenfidel hates so much?

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:34 AM

LoL..Even more so..How have you been doing??..:)

Dire Straits on December 26, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Good as ever. How are you?

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM

I actually have to take a leak…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:51 AM

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM

I’m wearing shades..:)

PS..Did you fix your car??..:)

Dire Straits on December 26, 2011 at 12:55 AM

I’m wearing shades..:)

PS..Did you fix your car??..:)

Dire Straits on December 26, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Nope. I sold my Camry for scrap and bought my cousin’s Toyota one ton truck instead…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Nope. I sold my Camry for scrap and bought my cousin’s Toyota one ton truck instead…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Good Deal..Hope you are not having back trouble..:)

PS..We have had two new registrations..Seems like we have got a good group of new posters..:)

Dire Straits on December 26, 2011 at 1:07 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5rMQ6P12WY&feature=related

Ya gotta see and hear this.

Cleombrotus on December 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I did. And it was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

hawkdriver on December 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5rMQ6P12WY&feature=related

Ya gotta see and hear this.

Cleombrotus on December 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I did. And it was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

hawkdriver on December 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Is that a Catholic service or is it it Anglican?

JetBoy on December 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you had a beautiful day and all your wishes came true.

upinak on December 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

upinak on December 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I did not win the lottery, but Santa was pretty good to us.

Cindy Munford on December 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

EternalMalachi on December 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Actually, this is what I watched that I thought was awesome. (linked to wrong quote)

hawkdriver on December 26, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I did not win the lottery, but Santa was pretty good to us.

Cindy Munford on December 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

:) give Mr Munford a hug from me. I also got your email… today. :) Merry Christmas to you as well.

upinak on December 26, 2011 at 3:24 PM

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