We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The third in Bruce Kesler's Hannukah series for us:
In light of how artificial barriers among us create unnecessary divisions:
A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards. She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Chanukah stamps?" The clerk says, "What denomination?" The woman says, "Oh my God. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform."
My sonís Cub Scout subject for December is Holiday Lights.† In discussion with the 8-year olds, all of whom attend their church or synagogueís training, it was a surprise to them that the Holy Temple in Jerusalem that the Maccabees freed and sanctified is the same†that about 150-years later Mary and Joseph brought Jesus.† How can we defend or explain our common heritage when we either donít understand it ourselves or make the efforts to even explain it to our children?
All this time, me thought Mary and Joseph were en route to Bethlehem to be taxed when Jesus was born.
AND it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.
This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David,
To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke2:1-7
My bad, as well.
Actually, this Jew had much Catholic education in my youth in my Half-Catholic neighborhood.
This link http://www.motherofallpeoples.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1235&Itemid=82 is what I had in mind, Mary and Joseph taking newborn Jesus to the Holy Temple shorthly after birth.