Making plans for Christmas

Stanley Greydanus reviews last years Disney remake of A Christmas Carol. You can read the entire review here. But he begins with this provocative reminder:

The “attack on Christmas” may be a hot story this year, but it’s nothing new. Over 350 years ago Christmas was forbidden in England by an act of Parliament under Cromwell’s anti-Catholic Puritan party; businesses were ordered to remain open, and even traditional Christmas fare such as plum pudding and mince pies were condemned as heathen. In Puritan New England, Christmas remained outlawed in Massachusetts until the second half of the nineteenth century.

Spud Studs

Each year at the beach, the men build something manly. Last year we peaked with a spud gun from William Gurstelle’s Backyard Ballistics. Here we are celebrating the 4th of July with Uncle Chip goin’ all Rambo an’ that.