“Nativity at Night” – Geertgen tot Sint Jans, c. 1490

Greetings my fellow port swillers!  Allow me to quote:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

– Luke 2:8-14

You know how Ol’ Robbo knew he was a religious man even in his misspent yoot?  The fact that he tears up every time he reads or hears this passage.  (I have a very, very definite, albeit completely inarticulable, vision in my head of the appearance of the heavenly host.)

Anyway, I hope that each and every one of you who drop in here from time to time have a very joyous Christmas!