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December 2004 in Black Lamb

All Christmas Issue, Volume 2, Number 12 — December 2004

December 1st, 2004


In this seasonal issue, Editor Terry Ross tells a Christmas story of life at the railroad. In our page 2 feature, Sensory Overload, Michele Gendelman tells how at her house Christmas and Chanukah go hand in hand. In First and Last Christmas, Lorentz Lossius remembers a bittersweet celebration when he was a boy in Norway. Although It’s Just Christmas, Cate Garrison says there’s no denying the spirit of the season. Andrew Darrel, in Angelus ad Virginem, finds that as he’s gotten older, what Christmas has lost in intensity it has made up for in duration.

In Jive Turkey, Stephen Starbuck remembers a Christmas fiasco. In Last Torch of Triumph, Grant Menzies recalls how the holiday spirit helped quench the disaster of a Christmas fire. William Bogert relates how he carried on a family tradition in The Christmas Party. In Putting the X in Christmas, Cervine Kauffman remembers a typically horrid family dinner. Gene Ryder offers his wish list in All I Want for Christmas. Lorentz Lossius give us a lovely and poignant poem, “The Woman Bore.” Alan Albright reminisces about an Army Christmas in Cold War Germany: The Boys Are Getting Rowdy. Toby Tompkins looks back on how he ruined a family Christmas when his girlfriend dumped him in O Tannenbaum! Bud Gardner, in A Really Big Deal, remembers getting his first rifle as kid and later giving up shooting things. In Pure Pleasure, David Maclaine recalls his childhood Christmases as unalloyed joy. Ed Goldberg, in ‘Tis the Season, relates, among other tales of early Christmases, how as a kid he was furious when a teacher told the class that Jewish children call Christmas Hannukah. Dean Suess paints a grim picture of prison in a penitentiary in Hating the Season. Greg Roberts defends Christmas against an atheistic attack in Keep Christmas Like Cratchit or Die! Basketball coach Dan Peterson, A Nice Win, harks back to a remarkable Christmas tournament victory in London. Monk Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., in his last column for Black Lamb, Celebrating the Light, offers poetic ruminations on the Christmas season. In Fur Release, Clinton Wilson says that a gift of a fur coat that his mother received one Christmas caused a furor that made him hate the season. Joel Hess, in A Straits Christmas, recalls an unexpected and lovely Christmas dinner when he was far from home, in Singapore. Our Christmas Quiz presents 20 literary quotations about Christmas and asks you to pair them with their authors. Our Honorary Black Lambs column offers birthday congrats to four December literati: Joseph Conrad, Joyce Cary, Grace Paley, and Ford Madox Ford. The Black Lamb Recipe proffers a festive winter dish from Puerto Rico: Braised Lamb in Wine and Orange Sauce. In Dealing with Christmas, advice columnist Millicent Marshall answers letters about Christmas consumerism and putting more or less Christ in Christmas, then tells how to beat avoid the menace of ubiquitous Christmas music. And Reg Arcati, Jr. presents us a fiendishly difficult Christmas-themed Black Lamb Cryptic Crossword. •

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