A Christmas Sampler

Merry Christmas, everyone! We celebrate this year with a reprise of three posts in emulation of that number of wise men who attended the first Christmas. Some of you will have read them in previous years; some perhaps have seen only one or two; and possibly all will be new to those who have just stumbled across us on this new interweb thing. Perhaps everyone will enjoy a few minutes to revisit or discover accordingly the story of the most famous editorial in the history of journalism, a tribute to the most accomplished story teller of his time, and a recounting of the Nativity with comical but heartwarming recollections of school pageants gone awry but always magically turning out right.

Have a wonderful Christmas! You have our best wishes for that, and, of course, for a grand New Year.


Frank Church was a no-nonsense newspaperman who was given a silly assignment he considered a complete waste of his time. But for this professional journalist, a job was a job and one column was just as important as another. Church put together something he believed would be seviceable. Imagine his and the world’s surprise when it turned out that he had managed to write something more— something much, much more.

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In Short, the Magi


Della and Jim’s story is a poignant tribute to the givers of the first Christmas presents. It was written by a whimsical fellow from North Carolina who tookNew York City by storm at the turn of the 20th century. You’ll be richer in spirit for getting to know him. The characters he brought to life, with only a few hundred words, will be alive for you forever.


For every Mom who has sewn together a costume, and for every Dad who has stepped wearily into an auditorium to see a familiar story badly told, here is why Moms and Dads, in the end, don’t mind at all.

The Baby in the Barn

David S. Heidler 2017