It’s Christmas Eve…

Enough with politics and the now non-stop flow of racial violence  – People are supposed to protest a police officer defending himself from an armed black teenager now? I can’t even deal with it. It’s Christmas Eve for pity’s sake. Can’t people take a holiday from the constant race-mongering? My God.

The rules are the same for everyone: 1. Obey the law. 2. Don’t resist arrest if you’re caught not obeying the law. 3. Do. not. point. a. gun. at. a. police. officer.

Also – don’t blame other people or “the man” for your own problems. It’s not complicated.

You’re welcome. Merry Christmas, love Deb.

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Here are some magnificent Christmas Eve hymns for all of you.

O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen – Kings College:

 

Wexford Carol as sung by the always remarkable Alison Krauss.

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom Gods angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
Prepare and go, the angels said,
To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there youll find, this happy morn,
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as Gods angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.

Gaudete ( “rejoice!”):

 

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Christmas Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Merry Christmas to all our readers and fans from The Watcher’s Council!

This week, American Digest, The Pirate’s Cove,IOwnTheWorldReport.com and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!