Best wishes to everyone celebrating Christmas.

I am in Chicago with the family for Christmas with my 91-year-old mother Angela.  We are getting a dusting of snow for a white Christmas but the weather has been warmer than usual on our visit (in the 40s).  Last night, the kids and I went to Christmas Eve mass at St. Mary’s of the Lake, which has been our parish church for almost six decades. My mother was not up to the trip for the first time but we were there representing our family.


Last night, I made our traditional Cioppino soup — a tradition started by my late father, Jack Turley. I have previously written how I grew up hating the soup but the tradition fell to me. I am now as addicted to the soup as my father was. I always think of my dad (who was also my best friend) as we enjoy the soup with bread.

I cook the beef as well as the Yorkshire pudding, horseradish. and other traditional dishes for the dinner.  We will have the entire family clan over to the house. A total of 32 this year.

We are of course basking in the Chicago Bears winning the NFC North and vying for a home game in the playoffs. It has been a glorious season.

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

37 thoughts on “MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”

  1. I’d wish you a ‘Merry Christmas’ too Mr. Turley, but you don’t deserve it.

    Jonathan Turley is a disgrace. He’s a very intelligent man. He’s also a poor American. He knowingly engages in false equivalencies. “If seeking dirt from the Russians on Clinton is now a federal crime, how about seeking dirt from Russian sources against Trump?”

    Turley also lies outright. He knowingly blurs the lines between the Steele Dossier’s investigative work and Trump’s active engagement of a hostile foreign power to influence the outcome of a US presidential election. He should be disbarred.

    He’s a camera chaser…a 21st century equivalent of ambulance chaser.

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  2. Merry Christmas everybody, and Happy Holidays if you are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or whatever!

    I got a wonderful Christmas Present this morning, because for the first time since I have moved, I have birds at my bird feeder! Now that these two have found it, I expect more birds to come, sooo I will be buying some extra feeders! I am sooo glad they found me before the brutally cold weather comes, and maybe even snow!

    All the cats are sleeping now, because they got wore out playing with their new toys, which were, an automatic ball of yarn that rolls around on its own, and a round thingie with a fox tail that sticks in and out.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  3. Husband and I attended Midnight Mass with the Cathedral packed with a SRO diverse fabulous crowd: young single mother with newborn fussing on her knee, homeless, disheveled, rich, average, middle class America, lawmakers, judges, gay couples and immigrants with Christ seeking a home in all of our hearts. The pipe organ and magnificent choir sang gloriously like angels

    Merry Christmas and Blessings to Mrs. Angela Turley and her offspring

    Bob and Jim

    1. “… diverse fabulous crowd: young single mother with newborn fussing on her knee, homeless, disheveled, rich, average, middle class America, lawmakers, judges, gay couples and immigrants …”
      You and I have a decidedly different definition of the word “fabulous,” but it’s a very PC take on things.,

  4. We join in greetings to the Perfesser from Georgian Bay on the Canadian side of Lake Huron.Our family as well went to evening mass last night and then convened for a traditional “réveillon”at my niece’s home close by for a bountiful repast.Food included my wife’s tortiere which is a traditional recipe that she can trace back to 17th century Quebec.However,although we appreciate the resurgence of his beloved Bears,we remain confident in the anticipated success of Russell Wilson and his Seahawks who have been adopted by the BC branch of my family.Joyeux Noël et Bonne et Heureuse Année à tous!

  5. I spent 8 Christmas’ in Chicago; ‘2’ in a long-since-demolished building between Holy Name and Saint James Cathedrals (at Wabash & Superior). It’s too bad the Professor’s mom couldn’t make it to church this year.

    Happy Holidays to the Professor, his family, and all the commenters on this blog.

  6. Merry Christmas, Professor Turley! From an old research assistant at Tulane, who still
    Admires your work!

  7. Merry Christmas to the Turley family and all the good folks here. Our Christmas present was the one year anniversary of our daughter being melanoma free. Puts everything in perspective.

  8. Merry Christmas to you &yours.
    Umm, by winning their division, the Bears already have w home game. They are now vying for a first round bye.

  9. Merry Christmas to your young Mom, to your family from Virginia, and to you from a long-time admirer in the Shenandoah Valley.

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