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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve, y’all. A much deserved break from work is coming my way, after I work about half the day today. Traveling up I-85 back to Winston-Salem is going to be quite the journey. Traffic — it wouldn’t be a holiday without it.

Enjoy your holiday!

For all those finding it hard to get in the Christmas mood, you aren’t alone:

For those who loved this song as much as I did in my childhood:

And a little gay treat, from the London Gay Men’s Chorus:

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A gay Christmas and a Mary in drag

Not that we really had any control over it here in the U.S. or anything, but I bet this comes back to haunt us sometime, some how:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Amsterdam hosted a Christmas celebration for its gay community on Sunday featuring a nativity tableau with a male Mary in drag that church organizations denounced as an affront to traditional values.

Organizers said the event was meant to raise Amsterdam’s profile as a gay capital at a time when homosexuals feel threatened.

Christians for Truth, an independent religious group, had asked the city council to cancel the “Pink Christmas,” event, saying it made a mockery of Christian tenets. The city did not comment.

A male entertainer known as Wendy Mills posed as Mary in a blonde wig and high-heeled black boots and holding a plastic doll. Another man played Joseph in black leather trunks and a silver shawl.

Read the rest…

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The 12 Queer Days of Christmas

On Dec. 14, the Jesus in Love blog started featuring artwork representative of a queer and progressive reading of the Christmas story. They’ll continue daily postings through Christmas day.

Among my favorite so far:

The Madonna and her female lover are portrayed as a lesbian couple, seven months’ pregnant through artificial insemination in “Annunciation” by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. The angel Gabriel comes in the form of their gay male friend, who floats in with a message from God—and a test tube for insemination.

A Bible quote is displayed with the photo: “The angel said to her, “ ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.’” (Luke 1:30-31)

It’s important to imagine the Christmas story in new and different ways because it empowers people to grow in their relationship with each other and with God. Imagining the Madonna as a lesbian may be shocking, but it reminds the viewer that the story of Jesus’ birth has always been radical. It was scandalous that God’s son was born to an unwed mother in poverty. God became flesh—a shockingly total identification with all people.

Photo: “Annunciation” (from “Ecce Homo”) by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, 1998. Photograph, 79 x 60 inches. www.ohlson.se