The 5 Best YouTube Videos for Christmas

Deal W. Hudson December 11, 2017 YouTube has become a treasure trove of musical delights, which I enjoy exploring especially at the season of Christmas. I offer the five best videos of live performances of Christmas music that I have found thus far. Live performances add a much-needed visual element to the performances of familiar… Continue reading The 5 Best YouTube Videos for Christmas

Christmas is for Children

Published December 1, 1997 DEAL W. HUDSON I heard our president on the radio this morning, announcing, “We must make sure that parents are able to spend time with their children whenever they can.” If the “we” had been the American people, not the government, then the comment was merely an obvious truism. Apparently, though,… Continue reading Christmas is for Children

Alice Thomas Ellis: He Came Down from Heaven

Editor’s note: Here’s a Catholic writer worth discovering or rediscovering! Alice Thomas Ellis, who died 2002 at age 72, was the pen name of Anna Haycraft. I called her one day out of blue and asked her to write an article for Crisis Magazine and she very kindly sent the one below — it helped that I… Continue reading Alice Thomas Ellis: He Came Down from Heaven

Gain and Loss on Christmas Day

Deal W. Hudson “Heard Melodies Are Sweet, but Those Unheard Are Sweeter,” wrote John Keats in his famous “Ode to a Grecian Urn.” This explains the pleasure of memories, especially those of a Christmas nearly sixty years ago. My family lived in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, in a modest ranch style house. My father,… Continue reading Gain and Loss on Christmas Day