Christmas And Parties Go Together So Very Well

Dedicated to Dad.

God rest ye merry, gentleman.

  1. Mike the Eyeguy

    “crche”= crรจche in the online edition. It’s correct in the print edition.

  2. Jason Bybee

    Mike, I enjoyed reading your columns this year. Very cool that you had the chance to do this. Good luck in whatever comes next for you and your writing.

  3. Stoogelover

    You done good, Dr.! Having grown up in that religious tribe, I’ve had the emotional scars of celebrating Christmas in December and acknowledging the birth of Jesus. But I well remember using the seasonal hymns any time of year except December. We have some very strange traditions … most of them I now ignore.

  4. Charlie

    All your Hsv Times columns were great this year Mike. Congrats on your success. Your Catholic friends would love to see you too on your tour of Christmas services this season. Midnight Mass can be quite moving. God bless and merry Christmas to you and the family.

  5. Mike the Eyeguy

    Thanks, guys.

    Jason, I know you know where I’m coming from when it comes to honoring the memory of a dear dad.

    Sl, I’m assuming you mean “not” celebrating Christmas in December, right?

    Which ones do you ignore?

    Oh wait, I almost forgot…Rev. Peter Frampton. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Charlie, I appreciate the encouragement and the invite. I’ve been to Easter mass before (very moving and rich in symbolism and tradition) and I’m sure Christmas would be the same.

    Hey, tell that Pope of yours (I know he’s in your cell phone) to let me and my family saddle up to the altar rail on such special occasions and we’ll be there with bells a’ringin’! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. carolinagirl

    ME – I didn’t realize you had become famous while I was out of the net in having the opportunity to write a column for your local paper. Congratulations!

    I’m not sure what my reaction was a week or so ago when I walked into the building where I attend Church and noted a tastefully decorated Christmas tree. I think it caught me off guard, but in a good way. The tree isn’t located in the “sanctuary.” It’s located just inside the foyer by one of the entrances and not the main entrance at that. Still, I can remember a time when such a tree would have never been allowed and even still, in some buildings, it’s not.

    Our hymns yesterday before the sermon (as the children headed to their wee worship hour) were traditional Christmas hymns. They were beautiful.

    I wonder if I’d be a considered anti-religious to admit that I worshipped for 14 months with a piano accompanying the hymns that I sang. It was pretty much that or nothing at all. The thing is…it didn’t bother me. I know that might open a can of worms, but it didn’t. Even now, I enjoy (as I have for a long time), contemporary gospel music.

    Here’s to the reason for the season.

  7. Mike the Eyeguy

    cg–Thanks. It’s been fun.

    And here’s to progress in our beloved tribe (i.e., Christmas trees in side foyers if not sanctuaries and capella worship with no regrets)!

  8. Laurie

    Well, the partridge doesn’t fall far from the pear tree.

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the Red Ryder air rifle, does it?


    Nice work on the columns — I’ve enjoyed reading them.

  9. Mike the Eyeguy

    Nah, I pretty much stuck with milk cartons and glass Coke bottles.

    Thanks for reading them.

  10. cg

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Doc Eyeguy.

    I’ve enjoyed your articles too – Hope you can write more in the near future. Please let us know when and where.

  11. Mike the Eyeguy

    Right backatchya, Big 12 representative.

    Thanks, and even if I’m not anywhere else, I’ll be here.

    Wow. That’s deep.

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