Joseph-with-a-lantern crèche

posted by Mike on December 24th, 2006

DSCN8521
In this nativity scene, a very old Joseph holds a lantern.

DSCN8526
My grandparents bought this olive wood nativity scene in the Holy Land, back in the day. Joseph has a walking stick. There’s one shepherd, in the background, holding a sheep. No shepherd’s crooks.

Crazy crèche sheep

posted by Mike on December 23rd, 2006

DSCN8500

The sheep on the left side of this beautiful nativity scene seems to be standing on its front legs, trying to kick Joseph in the knee.

The dove on Joseph’s crook is a nice touch. It’s only in the last three days that I’ve realized that Joseph is often depicted in nativity scenes holding a shepherd’s crook. Is this supposed to be some piece of gear he found lying around the barn?

M Iafrate has a nice version of the Christmas carol “Hardrock, Coco, and Joe” (mp3).

posted by Mike in Christmas | on December 23rd, 2006 | Permanent Link to “Crazy crèche sheep” | 3 Comments »

Crèche improvisation

posted by Mike on December 21st, 2006

DSCN8516

My mom “got this at the Goodwill” for $1. It was missing almost all of the figurines. In the spirit of Joseph himself, a king has stepped into the father role.

posted by Mike in Christmas, Heresy | on December 21st, 2006 | Permanent Link to “Crèche improvisation” | No Comments »

Thanksgiving and other items

posted by Mike on November 25th, 2005

Let’s eat

Thanksgiving is one day when America not only makes a point of feeding the hungry, but feeding them in style.

There was a big crowd at St. John’s Free Meal for Thanksgiving Breakfast. Lots of hugs and smiles.

The St. John’s High School football team stopped by with a donation. (Later that day, they beat St. Peter-Marian 28-7.)

The breakfast conversation was sparkling, as always.

Mike: Why are they showing “Night of the Living Dead” on Thanksgiving?

Bruce: The dead gotta eat too, Mike!
Read the rest of this entry »