First, some fun stuff. I couldn’t help ripping off Andy McCarthy:
To All My Conservative Friends:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here’s the story in Lego form:
And the main event, of course, from the Bible itself:
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town in Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin who was to be married to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.
And the angel came in to her and said, “Peace be with you, to whom special grace has been given; the Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at his words, and said to herself, “What may be the purpose of these words?”
The angel said to her, “Have no fear, Mary, for you have God’s approval. And see, you will give birth to a son, and his name will be Jesus. He will be great, and will be named the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his father:
He will have rule over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How may this be, because I have had no knowledge of a man?”
The angel in answer said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will come to rest on you, and so that which will come to birth will be named holy, Son of God. Even now Elisabeth, who is of your family, is to be a mother, though she is old: and this is the sixth month with her who was without children. For there is nothing which God is not able to do.”
Mary said: “I am the servant of the Lord; may it be to me as you say.” And the angel went away.
Now it came about in those days that an order went out from Caesar Augustus that there was to be a numbering of all the world. This was the first numbering, which was made when Quirinius was ruler of Syria. And all men went to be numbered, everyone to his town.
Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the town of Nazareth, into Judaea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he was of the house and family of David, to be put on the list with Mary, his future wife, who was about to become a mother. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She had her first son; and folding him in linen, she put him to rest in the place where the cattle had their food, because there was no room for them in the house.
And in the same country there were keepers of sheep in the fields, watching over their flock by night. An angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of the Lord was shining round about them: and fear came on them.
The angel said, “Have no fear; for truly, I give you good news of great joy which will be for all the people: For on this day, in the town of David, a Saviour has come to birth, who is Christ the Lord. This is the sign to you: you will see a young child folded in linen, in the place where the cattle have their food.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a great band of spirits from heaven, giving praise to God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on the earth peace among men with whom he is well pleased.”
When the angels had gone away from them into Heaven, the keepers of the sheep said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem, and see this thing which has come about, which the Lord has made clear to us.”
They came quickly, and saw Mary and Joseph, and the child in the place where the cattle had their food. And when they saw it, they gave them an account of the things which had been said to them about the child. All those to whose ears it came were full of wonder at the things said by the keepers of the sheep.
But Mary kept all these words in her heart, and gave much thought to them. Then the keepers of the sheep went back, giving glory and praise to God for all the things which had come to their ears and which they had seen, as it had been said to them.
Mary Christmas, everyone!