Dom Giordano USO Holiday Feast 2016 — The 8th Annual Dom Giordano USO Holiday Feast will be 6:30-10 p.m., Dec. 19 at Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.
It is a feast with a cocktail reception, exotic hors d oeuvres, salads and antipasti buffets and a dinner with five actions stations with entrees ranging from turkey to steak to roast beef to risotto to salmon wellington.
There will be a variety of desserts including a hot chocolate bar.
And live music.
Honored will be the 2016 Person of the Year, the nominees of whom are State Rep. Martina White (R-170); John McNesby, long-time Philadelphia Police officer and president of FOP Lodge 5; and Media Mayor Bob McMahon. Yes Bob, you got our vote. Click here to register your choice.
Tickets are $90 or $800 for a table of 10. Proceeds benefit Liberty U.S.O, Catholic Charities and the Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit for Children.
Check out Dom 9 to noon at 1210 WPHT.
Dom Giordano USO Holiday Feast 2016
Today, Jan. 5, is the 12th Day of Christmas and hence ends Christmastide for the Anglican and Lutheran churches.
For Catholics, the season doesn’t end until Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Epiphany which is Jan. 6.
Before 1955, Catholics ended Christmas as did their closely related Protestants on Jan. 5, and this was followed by the Octave of Epiphany which were the eight days following.
So we wish you a Merry Christmas.
12th Day Of Christmas
Merry warm Christmas from maybe not sunny but certainly warm Philadelphia. Or Delaware County, anyway.
Christmas Pagan? Nope — Conventional wisdom has become that the holiday celebrating the birth of Christ is something the early Christians co-opted from a pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice.
A Muhlenberg College history professor says that is completely backwards.
William J. Tighe, an associate professor at the college in Allentown, says that Christmas really was thought to be the date of the Lord Jesus’ birth.
The thinking then was that great Jewish prophets died on the date of their birth or conception.
The date of Jesus’ death can be calculated from Gospel accounts.
The faction using the Latin calendar wound up placing the Crucifixion at March 25, according to Tighe. This was the faction that became dominant in the West.
The Latin church determined that was also date that the Archangel Gabriel announced that Mary was with child. Nine months later, on Dec. 25, would be the Lord’s birth.
March 25 is still celebrated as the Feast of the Annunciation.
Tighe notes that Rome didn’t celebrate Dec. 25 as a pagan holiday until the anti-Christian Emperor Aurelian declared it to be the festival of the “Birth of the Unconquered Sun” in 274. By then, Christianity was already making its impact well felt on the Empire.
Tighe is also a faculty advisor to the Catholic Campus Ministry and a member of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Bethlehem.
Christmas Pagan? Nope
Christmas Pagan? Nope
Hat tip Bob Guzzardi
White Christmas Quinhagak — Here’s another one from James Barthelman and Quinhagak, Alaska that is certainly appropriate for this Christmas season in Philadelphia.
White Christmas Quinhagak
Apple iPad Merry Christmas from the North Point Community Church iBand. The music was per iPhones and iPads and recorded in 2010.
Apple iPad Merry Christmas
Well, the Christmas season is still with us and will be as far as we’re concerned until Jan. 6 — they don’t call it the 12 days of Christmas for nothing, you know, even we celebrate it for 13 — so we present this heartwarming father-daughter vignette.
The little girl had asked for a Frozen doll but got a valuable life lesson instead.
Yes, Elsa, she got at frozen doll For Christmas
William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 12-24-14
Q. Who was Edward Johnson?
A. He was the New York City gentleman who was the first person ever to light his Christmas tree with electric lights. It was in 1882.