[sung]: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

…(followed by bread rolls thrown at the blog owner with the port bottle at the head of the table).

Well, folks. It’s time to depart from the Commentators’ Table and head back your own place for the Feast of the Nativity. Most of you have already departed (judging by the lack of comments on the last few posts), and those of you who are left: GET A LIFE!

Thanks for your company in 2010. We’ve had a few hiccups this year and found a new home (Thanks WordPress Hosting). We’ve made a lot of new friends along the way. There are now 174 approved commentators on this list – that’s a big table! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you all, and making contacts all over Australia and over the world, with Catholics and Orthodox and Lutherans and Anglican and Atheists and Muslims and all sorts.

And I wish all of you (yes, even the Atheists and Muslims – you can take it or leave it!) a happy and holy Christmas.

To that end, I tried to find something to illustrate my Christmas greetings for the year. My mother, who has recently discovered the joys of email, heard about people sending “e-greetings”, and so this Christmas, rather than buying and sending cards to everyone, she scanned one Christmas card and emailed it to everyone… Those who know me know that I don’t send Christmas cards at all (if you got one purporting to be from me, check the signature). So don’t be offended if you didn’t get one. I haven’t dropped you from the list. I don’t HAVE a list!

So, I went onto the net to try and find a profound Youtube video to inspire your Christmas. I failed. I found these:

1) How it really happened. Actually this is for my children; we recently had a car-quiz – the tricky questions Dad asks you to puzzle over while on long car trips – in which I asked how many kings the bible says went to the stable to visit the baby Jesus.

2) And how it might have happened if it happened today

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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10 Responses to [sung]: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

  1. Matthias says:

    To you Schutz,cathy and the girls ,a wonderful Christmas. and a Happy 2012 -if your date is right in the blog above (ha tricked you) -2011 actually.
    I hope to be attending the Russian Catholic Liturgy on Sunday-all being well and our aunt arriving on time from her daughter’s place.

    • Schütz says:

      Silly me. I did say 2011, didn’t I? Must have been the fact that everyone around the office was saying “See you in 2011” etc. Thanks Matthias and every best wish for the coming year.

      P.S. It’s time you and I were in full communion with one another. Hint, hint. Well, nudge, nudge, really. Maybe 2011 is the year?

  2. Christine says:

    Dear David, Matthias and anyone else who may still be posting today — a most blessed and Holy Feast of the Nativity to you and yours, looking forward to a new year of lively and stimulating discourses on, as our bloghost would say, this ‘ere blog!!

    Merry Christmas!!

  3. GAB says:

    Merry Christmas, David, to you and your family, and to everyone at this Table. God bless you all, and enjoy the Feast.

    • matthias says:

      To GAB a merry Christmas and to your family as well. To schutz very subtlecomment. I hope to go through the eastern door this year. I have thought about it and thought about it ,and tormented myself but I was sitting in a BibleStudy group where we were asked about our sources of faith as well as the Bible. i spoke about the influences of Russian spiritual writers eg Tolstoy,Dostoevskyand of course soloviev-the founder of the Russian Catholic church.I realised then that my journey must now take an eastern path. So Fr Cross will I hope be seeing me Sunday. Anyhow very Merry Christmas to you all. My daughter is travelling to Europe on Sunday so i would value your prayers for and her friend- a good Catholic girl -as they travel over the next two months. Let’s remember at this time all ADF personnel here and overseas,the federal and state police forces,ambos and firies-those who put themselves in harms way to ensure we don’t. GOD BLESS ‘EM

  4. Stephen K says:

    Yes, my sincere good wishes to you all, too. I look forward to more sharing of minds with you all in 2011.

  5. old robe says:

    To David and all at the table (and beyond) the very best of the best.
    I kinda liked this retelling of the story, lifted from ‘another place’ and posted by one DavidC, somewhere in America (and who must be a Good Man, he has German Shepherds!)
    – replaces Lurker Hat.

  6. old robe says:

    oops, that should include

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