Monday, January 17, 2005

Rusty Nails, 1/17/05...

A friend of mine, currently living in the United Arab Emirates, told me of seeing Christmas decorations (including nativity scenes!) throughout Dubai this past Christmas season. In Carols usher in Christmas spirit, from Gulf News Online, we read,
Thousands of people attended events to mark the last Sunday before the Christian celebration. The Reverend Canon Stephen Wright, Chaplain of Christ Church in Jebel Ali, said even more were set to go to the many services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which falls on Saturday.
About 300 people, including Britons, Americans, Indians, Russians, Greeks and Arabs, converged on Christ Church for an evening service on Sunday.
Contrast with Grinch Wars, from Mere Comments,
In Kansas, The Wichita Eagle ran a correction for a notice that mistakenly referred to the Community Tree at the Winterfest celebration as a "Christmas Tree." And the mayor of Somerville, Mass., apologized after a news release mistakenly referred to the Dec. 21 City Holiday Party as a "Christmas Party."
Farenheit 137. That's the spread between the low (-54 F) in Embarrass, Minn., and the high (83 F) in Los Angeles, Ca. Needless to say, I came to work in a short-sleeved shirt today. For a brutally honest look at Martin Luther King, read Richard Neuhaus' Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., at First Things.

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