… natus ex Maria virgine …

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke, 2:8-12.

Merry Christmas to all of our Chicago Boyz contributors, readers, friends and families.

17 thoughts on “… natus ex Maria virgine …”

  1. Merry Christmas to all my Chicagoboyz friends from Los Angeles, Ca. Where today we’ll have a high of 83 degrees and a low of 51. The only white I’ll see this Christmas will be the sun tan lotion as I squirt it out of the bottle.

  2. “Where today we’ll have a high of 83 degrees and a low of 51.”

    I used to worry that saying those things around cold weather types would start a stampede to LA but the Democrats have taken care of that.

  3. Michael

    That was one of the original purposes of the Rose Parade. With the help of The Chandler’s LA Times, a family that also speculated aggressively in real estate development. Promote the heck out of Southern California’s mild winter climate to the Midwest folks who traveled to Pasadena to watch their Big 10 team in the Rose Bowl. While they’re here enjoy the parade and the game, then hopefully buy a tract house in Van Nuys and subscribe to the newspaper.

  4. 27F, gray, cloudy in Chicago. Typical.

    The Church in its wisdom chose to celebrate Christmas near the darkest night of the year, in a cold season, to remind that the light has come into the world and must increase, and to sustain us with hope through the cold months ahead.

    The early church could not have known this symbolism would be confounded by the discovery of California!

  5. I used to complain and grouse about winter. But now I get out and enjoy it with cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and other activities. The SO will be training Jameson for skijoring so that will be a hoot. It makes the time pass faster between now and the thaw.

  6. Remember to keep at least 100 ft of rope attached to one of your ankles at all times in case you fall into a crevasse. Also, don’t forget the cask of brandy for the dog. Or you could use Jameson’s.

  7. Merry Christmas to all of the Chicago Boyz! I want to thank each of you for the entertaining and enlightening posts and comments this year and I always look forward to the lively debate of ideas and opinions.

    I wish you all a very safe and Happy New Year!

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