Merry Christmas

St. Nicholas “Lipensky” (Russian icon from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod. From Wikipedia.


Except that for him, Christmas would likely be January 7th, that being the Gregorian date of Christmas according to the Julian calendar.

Day of the Epiphany!

This is a time of the year for renewal. While America cuts and runs in Syria (for the joy of Mr. Putin, the Russian leader) and Afghanistan (for the joy of the Mujahideen), Brazil has offcially barred the represenatives from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from attending President Captain Bolsonaro's inauguration. While some lead from behind, some lead from the front.

The St. Nicholas we know as Santa Klaus was a fourth century Christian bishop in what is now Turkey. This depiction of the bishop is one of the better known. Not surprisingly, the many depictions of him look very different from each other. They didn't have digital cameras back then. Of course, there are many very different depictions of Jesus. What did He actually look like?

No digital cameras...

So we’ll just have to settle for our backwards and old fashioned chemical film photos of Jesus...

Readers of the NT are bound to wonder whether Jesus should be depicted with a drinker's nose.

Was Jesus really a Druid who'd moved to the Near East in search of more sunshine? Was he really a Buddhist who had left India because he was fed up with the smell?

Probably neither, but both are more likely than that either of the nativity stories is true.

I'm an Orthdox Christian. St Nicholas is very commonly portrayed in icons in Orthodox churches. He looks more or the same in all of them. Which doesn't mean the icons are accurate portrayals as they simply reflect a common iconography tradition just as our portrayals of Christ and many other saints do.

Wishing Tyler and Alex and all the commenters and readers here a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019. Thanks for the wonderful posts and (mostly) enlightening comments and lively discussions.

merry Christmas

Sending an expression of gratitude for enriching my reading and thinking life...thanks! Merry Christmas and wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year 2019

No no, it's Happy Holidays. You have to be PC now.

No, you don't. Trump is withdrawing soldiers from the War on Christmas.

Like hell I do! MAGA2020!

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

God bless you.

I’m all for putting the Sol Invictus back into Dec. 25

Tabarrok is a few weeks on the Julian calendar for St. Nicholas's day, but perhaps he meant to post the Icon of the Nativity:

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