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Mistletoe ‘blessed by the goddess of love’

Few plants are as steeped in history and folklore as mistletoe. It’s a traditional holiday decoration, which incites people to kissing and is often sold along with Christmas trees at many sites.

Yet this semi-parasitic plant, common statewide, was first mentioned in the third century B.C. by Greek philosopher Theophrastis and has a reputation almost . . . → Read More: Mistletoe ‘blessed by the goddess of love’

E-Sheep – Saturnalia

NC-17 This comic contains nudity, cartoon sex, and historical factoids which might be considered blasphemous to certain religions. If such things disturb you, you probably shouldn’t read this.

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Defying Archbishop, Priest Celebrates Mass

By Cheryl Wittenauer

At least 1,500 people attended Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest, despite warnings from the archbishop that participating would be a mortal sin.

The Rev. Marek Bozek left his previous parish without his bishop’s permission and was hired by St. Stanislaus Kostka Church earlier this month. As a . . . → Read More: Defying Archbishop, Priest Celebrates Mass

Pagan festival debunked?

By Greaorgory Wingenbach

At Christmastime every year, TV networks, news weeklies, and academic pundits trot out, “The REAL Story of Christmas.”? Standard to it all: “a priest-dominated, fourth century Christendom ‘baptized’ as Christian what had been a ‘Sun God’ festival.”?

This claim is no more ancient, though, than 17th/18th century Europe. German Protestant Paul Ernst . . . → Read More: Pagan festival debunked?

Godcasting is in

God has a new way to communicate in the 21st century: instead of using a burning bush, he can now podcast. The Godcast Network Web site said it already has had 1 million visitors from 150 countries downloading the word of God to listen to on their MP3 players.

“The genre has just taken off . . . → Read More: Godcasting is in

A ‘new’ Christmas celebration

Dearest Family:

Our annual Christmas celebration will be a little different this year, in light of the changing times we live in “” and to help prevent the unfortunate incidents that have marked previous yuletide gatherings of our clan.

First, you’ll notice there will be no holiday tree. After Tiffany (who wants to be known . . . → Read More: A ‘new’ Christmas celebration

A ‘new’ Christmas celebration

Dearest Family:

Our annual Christmas celebration will be a little different this year, in light of the changing times we live in “” and to help prevent the unfortunate incidents that have marked previous yuletide gatherings of our clan.

First, you’ll notice there will be no holiday tree. After Tiffany (who wants to be known . . . → Read More: A ‘new’ Christmas celebration

Theft of ancient knowledge

By Gavin Rabinowitz

For thousands of years Indian villagers have used an extract from seeds of the neem tree as an insecticide. So when a U.S. company patented a process for producing the substance in 1994, India reacted with outrage. After spending millions of dollars in legal fees to successfully overturn the patent, India’s government . . . → Read More: Theft of ancient knowledge

Christmas and the star the Magi followed

There are three basic references to the year and the month of the birth of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, the apostles tell of the Magi following the star from the east, and the shepherds with their flock out in the fields. The third reference comes from the dating of the founding of Rome.

. . . → Read More: Christmas and the star the Magi followed

Separate Christ from commerce

By Charles C. Haynes

Because Christmas falls on Sunday this year, some prominent evangelical churches canceled worship services, expecting low attendance. This surprising turn of events might inspire Christian warriors fighting to “save Christmas” to rethink their strategy. Rather than condemn the “happy holiday” speck in Wal-Mart’s eye, they might notice the Yule log in . . . → Read More: Separate Christ from commerce