Best wishes to everyone celebrating Christmas.

I am in Chicago with the family for Christmas where it has been surprisingly warm for Chicago (30s and even a day in the 40s). I was able to take Luna out for a long walk on the lakefront yesterday. It has been really wonderful.

Last night, we went to hear my 87-year-old mother sing in the St. Mary’s of the Lake choir at midnight mass. This is my childhood church where I have literally spent every Christmas of my life. It is a gorgeous church and I love the fact that it is now part of the tradition of my four children.

Last night, I made our traditional Cioppino soup — a tradition started by my late father, Jack Turley. I hated the soup as a kid so fate has left this tradition to me. I am now as addicted to the soup as my father was.

The kids left their usual Christmas notes that again forced Old St. Nick to stay up to answer a series of probing questions. Aidan took a more litigious approach this year and listed a series of “concerns” over Elf welfare and even the possibly abusive relationship with Mrs. Claus. There were workplace safety concerns and union-busting issues. Santa wrote back with the assistance “of Legal” and refuted each of the allegations while offering Aidan a job in the legal department at the North Pole.

As for Madie, she had a record number of questions including where Santa got his resources for gifts to how many cookies he eats a night (on top of the butter cookies he devoured at our house).

I am about to start the cooking of the beef as well as the Yorkshire pudding, horseradish. and other traditional dishes. We will have the entire family clan over to the house. A total of 28.25 (including the new baby of my nephew Michael and Megan).

All for me, I have only, again, a winning season for the Bears. I am wearing my new bears shirt (I also received a Brandon Marshall jersey!).

The Turley family wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday. I will be toasting our blog family tonight and give thanks for the wonderful community we have created at this site.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Turley

30 thoughts on “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”

  1. Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to all. Thank you for providing this dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas. I look forward to 2015!

  2. For many people Christmas is just another day. Many people have no family around on Christmas and spend the day online – OK, everyone reading this is doing at least a little of that. So we are all basically together – one big happy family sharing a little warmth and friendship. Cheers!

  3. Merry Christmas to all. The Cioppino may have been a resourceful way for an Irishman to fulfill the Italian tradition of 7 fishes on Christmas Eve. My uncle Mike would host a large gathering and put out the 7 fish spread every year. It always included baccala, shellfish, linguine w/ anchovies, codfish croquettes[A Sicilian dish, Mike married into a family from Naples and Bari], and other delicacies. Maybe it was the era, maybe the culture, or maybe a hybrid, but our family did not have the ubiquitous “I don’t like..” as you often hear from kids[and now adults].

    Traditions and vacations are what kids remember. You’re kids are blessed to have a true family man as dad. There are too few nowadays.

  4. Merry Christmas Professor Turley and your family, guest contributors and all the commentors who make this blog interesting and entertaining to read and participate in.

  5. To all Americans…

    Please don’t forget to give something to your local foodbank. Help feed those in need, wherever they may happen to be.

    Thank you.

  6. Merry Christmas!

    “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

    Luke 2:11

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