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Christmas fun

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Here’s my annual round up of all the Christmas oddities this year.

First off, a church ad for Advent (left) shows Jesus in the womb.

Washington pastry chef Charles Froke, a Catholic, hopes that his recreation of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception “earns me some brownie points in heaven.” (Catholic News Service)

We have a few remakes of the famous Bing Crosby/David Bowie “The Little Drummer Boy” duet. One is serious: The Priests, a “Irish trio of clerical classical singers,” as CNS calls them, and Shawn MacGowan, “widely known for his alcoholic binges both on and off stage.” And the other is not so serious, but a more literal remake: Will Farrell and John C. Reilly.

The Nativity 2.0

HT to America and The Deacon’s Bench for that video. And from our archives, here are some of my favorite Nativity sets.

We have an essay about a Spanish tradition of Nativity sets with tons of extra characters. Following his trip to Spain, defecating Pope Benedict XVI caganers (an honor, not an insult) are proving to be popular this year. In Italy, Wikileaks founder Assange is a popular figure.

A few favorite posts from previous years:

The Festivus pole

Christmas myth debunked (The 12 Days of Christmas)

A very Bright Christmas (Cool Christmas light display videos)

O, Christmas Tree!

And finally, after last year’s Christmas card controversy, we decided to stick with a simple video. If only we had invited Loyola’s choir to help us out.