March 2023

The Dog of Bethlehem

Rahkell-“She who is a friend to sheep.” Habib- “Happy.” Amahl- A boy’s name in the Holyland, and a tip of the hat to Menotti’s Christmas opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Francis, who loved the animalsMade the first manger scene,With ox and donkey, cow and …

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Baby Jesus Caper

In 1988, Mary and I purchased a little nativity scene at a market in Mexico City.  The figurines are all about an inch tall, and the set has become something we absolutely need to put out every year.  It contains the usual shepherds, sheep, cow …

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